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AT&T Is Trying to Extend Their iPhone Exclusivity Deal Until 2011

AT&T Trying to Keep the iPhone Exclusive to Them 'Til 2011

So much for those rumors that the iPhone might come to Verizon; word is, AT&T, the iPhone's exclusive carrier in the US, is trying to extend their exclusivity deal with Apple throughout 2011.

Makes sense, since the iPhone has brought so many new customers to the carrier since 2007, when the iPhone first launched.

The current deal has the iPhone sticking to AT&T until 2010, and as for me, I've been an AT&T customer for pretty much my whole life, so what's a few more years?

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SB-Marilyn SB-Marilyn 7 years
Unfortunately there are more than a few reasons that the iPhone may not come to Verizon. For one they have previously had a different type of network (CDMA) which isn't compatible with just any phone. Also as it was explained to me by a Verizon higher up, the iPhone needing to be synced with iTunes was a direct violation of their own music service. I don't know if any of this still holds true or not but I do know that Verizon is its own beast. I for one would like to see the exclusivity broken. Not because I have a problem with AT&T (actually I have never had a problem and don't totally get the hate, but I'm sure it must be justified on some level). I just think a monopoly like this is annoying. I once paid $650 for an unlocked version of the Palm 650 Treo, just so I could take it to t-mobile. Super annoying.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 7 years
Mmm... I don't want to seem to ... nutty when I say this... but, Tmobile lovers unite! The power of better billing and customer service is so worth it. In other words I will be more than happy to sign that petition if there is one.
margokhal margokhal 7 years
We left AT&T for T-Mobile almost 8 years ago with very good reason. Nothing's changed since then. I would really like an iPhone, too, but if AT&T is going to put a monopoly on it - no way. It's not worth dropping my plan and switching just to pay $100/mo for service, when the G1 is cheaper. I *hate* AT&T with a passion. Where's the petition to get Apple to not renew this contract?!
Elfyn Elfyn 7 years
:( I sure hope this doesn't happen!
bethinabox bethinabox 7 years
I guess it's good that I didn't hold out for an iPhone with Verizon, then. :P AT&T has pretty good coverage both here at school and in my hometown, so I'm covered. I love my phone to bits.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 7 years
:(
vivaciousv1114 vivaciousv1114 7 years
I refuse to leave Verizon for AT&T, which is probably what they are hoping for if they get to keep the iPhone. As much as I would love to have one, if Verizon doesn't have the iPhone by the time my contract is up and it's time for a new phone, I'm just going to get myself a Blackberry. AT&T service sucks around here.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I meant to say like silversnowflake I am a loyal Tmobile customer too.
care0531 care0531 7 years
I thought of switching to AT&T at one point because I really wanted this phone but silversnowflake I am a loyal Tmobile customer. You really can't beat Tmobile's pricing! I even have my home phone service from Tmobile for just $10 a month! If I wanted an Iphone that badly I could get an unlocked one off Ebay. Not for cheap though. Maybe by 2011 when all companies can carry the Iphone it will have gone down in price too!
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 7 years
Ugh irritating... I'm in an ATT dead zone too, plus all my family and most friends up here are on Verizon. I certainly understand why ATT would want this, but I don't understand why Apple would. If they went with Verizon next year, they would have a huge amount of customers who'd switch to an iphone. Waaaaaaaaaaaah
silversnowflake silversnowflake 7 years
"Hi Tmobile. I have been a valued customer of yours for over 5 or 6 years. Your customer service and relatively hot sales men have brought me joy for most of that time. My devotion has kept me with you for so long that I was paid well with the arrival of G1 also known as the google phone. Since I am an avid google user this union is perfect." Even though I adore Apple and swore off the PC valley for years than I have been a tmobile customer... I will not be breaking out a sweat over AT&T's fight for Apples's loyalty.
taylor350 taylor350 7 years
Man, I was so excited about gettin an iphone soonish... I had to switch carriers this summer because my apartment was a deadzone for AT&T
heatherhas heatherhas 7 years
Yeah. It makes no difference to me because I've been using cingular/att since high school when my brother worked for them. I'm just waiting for the 3rd ed iphone to come out at this point. I've been sticking with my blackberry for now.
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