OT: Speculation. Apple as a mobile network?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by sandyjmacdonald, May 19, 2010.

  1. sandyjmacdonald macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2009
    Does anyone else think Apple might eventually ditch their partnerships with AT&T and other mobile networks, and go it alone?

    After the initial outlay, running a network is relatively cheap, and would allow Apple to subsidise handsets and have a constant revenue stream from contracts.
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
  3. mgamber macrumors 6502a


    Jun 12, 2008
    LOL! Apple doesn't have anywhere near the resources to do anything like that. They'd have to buy a telecom system....a REAL telecom system, not this halfassed AT&T garbage...they'd have to set up a huge monitoring system to ensure no questionable content was being spoken, texted or otherwise sent across their system, they'd have to set up enforcement to kick in your door and drag you off to re-education camps if you did send anything questionable. There's just no way. Right?
  4. iFrankie macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2003
    There were rumors/news of Apple buying cell towers a few years ago. It was at least considered that Apple may become a cellular provider when the iPhone was launched.

    However, I don't think they will get in the cellular service business. They can just tap into AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, etc and instantly have access to millions of potential customers without all the other headaches. If it's true Apple is also getting a cut of the monthly payments then they are doing pretty well without having to run their own network.
  5. smithrh macrumors 68020


    Feb 28, 2009
    Ummm... I'm in wireless, I'm not sure where you got this idea.

    It's not true in the slightest.
  6. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Because technology and usage stagnates?

    Apple will start their own network right after they start mining their own bauxite.

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