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Apple eyes a move to competitors like Verizon

AT&T was the first and remains the sole carrier of Apple's iPhone in the U.S.  With millions of new iPhone customers, the deal has been a win for both companies. It has defined Apple as a dominant player in the smart phone market and catapulted AT&T into second place in terms of U.S. subscribers, behind only Verizon.

However, the relationship between the pair has gone from hot to cool to downright icy.  At Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference, where the new iPhone 3G S was introduced, this rift appears especially pronounced.

At one point in the keynote address, Apple showcased a large list of the telecoms internationally which supported using tethering to make the iPhone a modem.  AT&T was not on the list.  Some in the audience gasped at the glaring snub to AT&T.

Later in the keynote, the presenter matter-of-factly mentioned that AT&T won't support sending photos as SMS messages until later this summer.  Right on cue, many Apple-philes in the crowd began to loudly boo.

Such disdain has long been simmering.  Many iPhone customers have sounded off on DailyTech and other sites complaining about AT&T and longing for official alternatives (outside of unlocking).

In a way the two companies are well suited for each other.  Both have proven themselves willing to resort to extreme tactics to control user actions and what content they are allowed.  However, Apple has grown increasingly tired of being blamed for problems it feels are AT&T's fault, and AT&T is equally tired of being blamed for problems it feels are the responsibility of Apple.

Reports indicate that Verizon could pick up the iPhone in the U.S. as soon as next year.  No one knows the secret details of Apple and AT&T's contract, but it seems unlikely that the company will be able to hold onto exclusivity -- or want to.  This could be bad news for AT&T as Verizon has a larger network and better coverage (though occasionally criticized for its data network) and many users would likely switch.  Most would argue its good news for Apple, which will sell more phones, and the customers, who should see better service.

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By ChicagoLarry on 6/10/2009 8:10:10 AM , Rating: 4
Hot Diggity. Glad to hear others have had it up to here with ATT. Although I live in a posh neighborhood of Chicago, getting a signal for ATT is never, ever a sure thing—it's catch as catch can. No signal for a mile on north Lake Shore Drive, no signal on the Stephenson Expressway. No signal in my yard (and certainly not in my home). Walked around all 4 corners of an intersection near the lake (Kenmore & Glenlake), and then half way down the block—no signal. Ask anyone from Chicago, ATT SUCKS. Dropped calls are frequent & routine. Every time I hear an ATT ad say "fewer dropped calls," I wonder "than who?" And why aren't they sued for making such a bald-faced lie? I had both Sprint and Verizon before and don't recall EVER having a dropped call! iPhone in Chicago is like driving a Cadillac with a Yugo engine. What ever possessed Apple to go with them?

My contract is over this month, and I'm telling ATT to take a hike. When Apple gets a decent carrier, I'll consider buing a new iPhone.

IF ONLY I KNEW HOW TO START A CLASS ACTION SUIT.... Half our fees should be refunded.

By acase on 6/10/2009 1:14:04 PM , Rating: 2
I'll give ya 100 bucks for the phone then!

By eddieroolz on 6/10/2009 10:02:57 PM , Rating: 2
Congratulations for joining the rest of the advanced world. We have lots to offer other than the crappy iPhone of yours!

By Myrandex on 6/11/2009 10:59:54 AM , Rating: 2 Vzn locking out bluetooth features, GPS features, and removing memory from their phone (HTC Touch Pro for Vzn compared to everyone else's Touch Pro).

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