backtop


Print 21 comment(s) - last by TomZ.. on Jun 12 at 1:19 PM

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.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Huh?
By axeman1957 on 6/10/2009 3:23:49 PM , Rating: 2
I do not have an iPhone, but i believe you do not recieve an MMS with the picture, you recieve notification to go online with your 3g data to get the picture from an internet location


RE: Huh?
By HrilL on 6/10/2009 3:49:58 PM , Rating: 2
This is correct. But with the new OS will the US version just not have MMS enabled until At&t get around to supporting it. I'm a little confused as to why it wouldn't be supported from the start. I mean every phone has MMS now days so wheres the problem?


RE: Huh?
By Myrandex on 6/11/2009 10:58:56 AM , Rating: 2
I read that it was disabled on everyone's accounts due to the software not supporting it, and that AT&T was simply going to have to go through and turn it on someone's account manually when they have the OS 3 upgrade.

Jason


"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

















botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki