In exchange for its payout, AT&T got a year extension, into 2010, on its exclusive distribution deal with Apple, people familiar with the matter say. Sources asked to not be named because the terms are confidential.
That means you do care.
So do you care or do you not?
If not, then you could NOT care (any) less.
There are like 9,000 threads on this!!!!!!!!!!! And if you would have looked, the answer is NO!!!!! Not that hard to understand people...
A lot of speculation right now. Steve Jobs hasn't ruled it out, but they do have a contract with AT&T. They either have to buy out of that or let it expire in...2012 I think. I'm all for it since it would force AT&T to compete with others with their plans. $70 is a little rich for a phone plan if you don't use the data like crazy and can never come close to the 450 minutes. I'd love a $45 or so plan for 200 minutes w/rollover, 200 texts, and some limited data plan.
I would be willing to bet one month of service that Verizon's plan (if they ever carry the iPhone) would fall within $10.00 of AT&T's plan. Everyone wants users on unlimited data plans right now, because from an accounting standpoint it makes it very, very easy for the carriers to push people to a certain revenue threshold consistently. And currently VZW's unlimited data plans are consistently in line with AT&T, IIRC.
Just look at Sprint's Instinct. They rolled it out with the simply everything unlimited plan for the same reason...they don't want someone who pays $30.00 a month most of the time, and occassionally pays overages of $10 here and there. They want consistent revenue of $70-$100 per month; bundling of these services is just going to get more prevalent, especially when they can justify it by saying the phone is heavily tied to internet services (like the iPhone and the Instinct).