Length of AT&T's exclusive contract revealed

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  1. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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  2. lokiju macrumors 6502

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    Damn,

    There goes my hopes of Verizon having it anytime soon.

    Not that it maters since I'm in a 2 year contract with AT&T now anyway :p
     
  3. wwooden macrumors 68000

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    I really doubt Verizon will ever have the iPhone, unless Verizon changes their network to GSM. I really don't see Apple making a CDMA compatible phone ever, it's not the future nor world wide in use.
     
  4. maddan macrumors regular

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    I am really happy regarding the news! I love the fact that since AT&T is the exclusive carrier in the U.S., less people will have the chance of acquiring the phone. Maybe I am being a little selfish, but I would rather another "Razr" episode did not occur; people who can afford a product paying $800 when it first comes out (because of exclusivity), and then it becoming available for free with a two-year contract. Talk about unfair...
     
  5. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    Have you seen the lines all over the US for this thing? I think the iphone lost its exclusivity on July 11th.
     
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    Pertinent part
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I have mixed thoughts on that. If the iPhone indeed launches in Korea using GSM, then yes, I think the chances of a CDMA iPhone are pretty nill. If the market for the CDMA iPhone is both the US and Korea, the US CDMA market is certainly quite large, and as I understand it, the Korean one still is also.
     
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  9. stooley macrumors regular

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    VOIP and LTE anyone (just a personal guess)? VZW is suppose to have this deployed on their new 700mhz in the 2010/2011 area....hmmm. VZW iPhone could most definitely happen. If carriers start deploying calls VOIP instead of the cellular network when LTE launches, we could see that happen and things would get VERY interesting. There would be no reason not too...esp with the bandwidth that LTE brings to the table. Just a matter if everyone does VOIP with LTE.

    AT&T has already said they are going LTE with all of the other GSM carriers so you know Apple will develop an iPhone with LTE based 4G.

    If Apple launches a new iPhone next year and the contract does not extend another year...then we can really start speculating :)
     
  10. kdarling thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    Apple has already made a new phone with a different radio. Many phone makers make more than one radio model. It's not that hard to imagine, unless you think Apple is exceptionally incompetent.

    But I agree it won't happen with current standards.

    When Verizon and ATT move to 4G LTE, then we could see a new iPhone that could work across most major carriers.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I do see what you're saying, but on the other hand (first, taking into account that these timing estimates are usually rather optimistic), how many iPhones does Apple intend to sell between now and 2011? AFAIK, looking at all the other carriers, the cost of porting a phone from GSM to CDMA or vice versa isn't all that high. It's not like Apple is designing the wireless chips.

    I'm really excited about LTE, but I'm also not holding my breath. The chances in the US (sigh, sadly) that it will truly bring any kind of nirvana of true intercompatibility among all the carriers is close to nill.
     
  12. stooley macrumors regular

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    Yea if they don't do VOIP on LTE, then at least the data radios would be the same tech...just a matter of developing a chip with the new 700mhz and whatever the other GSM carrier decide to deploy their LTE on.

    Then they would only have to worry about putting a CDMA radio in there instead of the GSM for the cellular side. That even makes is easier on apple.

    Either way, I think this will be more of a reality when LTE launches.
     
  13. CharQuake macrumors member

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    AT&T gets better service where I live then verizon and verizons customer service sucks I'm fine with the iPhone only being available on AT&T
     
  14. galactic732 macrumors member

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    seriously?

    ATT's coverage is based on global coverage (most of Europe in included, where you pay roaming charges)

    ATT's customer service is incompetant. I think we all know that when trying to find information about the iPhone from them. Verizon's customer service is a million times better. If/When the iPhone comes to verizon, I'm switching back.
     
  15. schmoopy.design macrumors regular

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    I believe Apple approached Verizon about an iphone exclusive before anyone else. Obviously they thought a CDMA phone would be feasible.
     
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    I wonder if the same extension of exclusivity deal was struck with O2 in the UK?
     
  17. hairydawg75 macrumors newbie

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    In your opinion, but myself and others would disagree.
     
  18. kdarling thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    It does seem to be related to the carrier's subsidy investment.
     
  19. maddan macrumors regular

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    Yet there are still millions of people who want the iPhone but will not get it because they are with another carrier.
     
  20. Sonicjay macrumors 6502a

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    In my area, Verizon's service is considerably better. I'd switch back in a second if they got the iPhone
     
  21. redman042 macrumors 68020

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    I was one of the people who really thought an iPhone would end up on Verizon (CDMA version of course) this year or next. It just didn't make sense to me that Jobs would limit his potential market. Of course, part of my interest was selfish - I was a long time Verizon customer and wanted badly to have this phone on that network.

    But I finally caved on Monday and switched my wife and I to AT&T for the iPhone. Part of the decision was due to signs that AT&T is working hard on expanding 3G and network coverage in California (and it's decent in my area now). Verizon is still much better, but I was sick of Windows smartphones, and wasn't sure about a Blackberry.

    Anyway, I'm loving my new phone, and reading this article about the contract extension to 2010 makes me even happier that I switched.:D
     
  22. WillJS macrumors 65816

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    Oh how it would be awesome for Verizon to have the iPhone.

    /dreams. :D
     
  23. SilentLoner macrumors 65816

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    I want to know this too, o2 in my opinion have been the best network I have been on them all, aslong as their 3g network is rolled out more I will be a happy chappy.
     
  24. wreckshop macrumors 6502

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    iphone is a data centric phone, so it makes sense that Apple approached the CDMA carriers who by that time already had built out their 3G networks. I know for a fact that Apple also approached Sprint and was turned down.
     
  25. hairydawg75 macrumors newbie

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    That's really what I was trying to say......it's a huge YMMV thing. Verizon's customer service both over the phone and in store is what led me to AT&T.
     

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