Carrier question?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by iBoyfriend, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. iBoyfriend macrumors member

    iBoyfriend

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    I've always wondered this...how come AT&T and Verizon Wireless are the only carriers in the USA to have the iPhone available to its customers? Why can't T-Mobile, Sprint, Boostmobile, etc. not have the iPhone? :confused:
     
  2. *LTD* macrumors G4

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    Strategy. Think about it. When Verizon finally got the iPhone - by then 8 month old hardware - it was all anyone talked about.
     
  3. strider42 macrumors 65816

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    Because in exchange for exclusivity, AT&T gave apple a ton of kickbacks. Probably a similar thing happened with Verizon when they finally got it, or it was just an advertising thing.

    Apple also got a lot of concessions from AT&T in terms of what they got to put on the phone. AT&T wasn't able to customize any software or add in their stupid bloatware like they (and everyone else) usually does. This may have been a sticking point early on.
     
  4. iBoyfriend thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh it's all starting to make more sense to me now...thanks y'all. :)
     

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