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AT&T iPhone exclusivity extended to 2010?

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From Engadget Mobile:

 

http://www.engadgetmobile.com/2008/08/01/atandt-iphone-exclusivity-extended-to-2010/

 

 

AT&T iPhone exclusivity extended to 2010?

Apple's deal with AT&T obviously got re-done in order to get the iPhone 3G on the street for a subsidized $199, but it looks like Steve gave in on a little more than revenue-sharing when he re-upped with Ma Bell: USA Today says that AT&T's US exclusive on the iPhone has been extended for an additional year, until 2010. The extension isn't officially announced, but it's being cited in the context of a long interview with AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, who's quoted as saying things like "The iPhone has repositioned AT&T as the premier wireless brand in the world." So yeah, dude's a fan -- and with iPhone customers spending almost double on rate plans than the average AT&T customer, it's not hard to see why. Looks like our dream of glorious data plan price wars will have to wait until

Android

makes a splash later this year.

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It's really unfortunate that such a great platform is stuck on a single provider in the U.S. and many other countries.  I'm sure Apple crunched the numbers and decided that the kickback from AT&T (rumored to be between $200-400) for each iPhone sold is worth more to them than than the additional income music, video and application sales would provide from a larger install base.  Not to mention the R&D costs of developing a CDMA version and maintaining the software for multiple platforms, I'm sure that backs up their decision.

 

There has already been a huge response to the platform and App Store...I can only imagine how much better it would be if the devices were available to more customers.  It's really too bad.

 

iPhone only has first mover advantage on a single carrier, I think this really gives Android a larger window of opportunity.  Let's hope they execute well.  The more competition, the better it is for us.


Edited by teej - Mon, 04 Aug 2008 19:18:57 GMT
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I think this really gives Android a larger window of opportunity.  Let's hope they execute well.  The more competition, the better it is for us.

 I couldn't agree more. I've been saying lately that it's rare to see one product in a commodity market so significantly differentiated the way the iPhone is. For me, 90% of the appeal of the iPhone is the app store, so I definitely hope Android steps it up...

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Speaking of competition...I hope Cuil gets its act together and become a serious competitor for Google.

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As much as I'd like to see the iPhone on other carriers, I think it is good that it isn't yet.  I'd like to continue to see other manufacturers like RIM, Samsung and LG try to up their game to compete with it.  Having Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile out of the carrier equation creates another pressure point for these manufacturers to improve handsets. 

 

My hope is that most consumer-grade phones in a couple of years have smartphone capabilities, and having both manufacturers AND carriers compete with AT&T and the iPhone will raise the tide for marketwide handset capabilities.

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I'm done with my iPhone phase anyway. Bought the first gen and used it for a month, but now I'm back to my good old BB. Different strokes for different folks, I guess, but IMHO Apple has nothing on RIM.

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