Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 AM
"Rumors of the iPhone jumping to a US provider outside of AT&T continue to swirl as Apple's exclusivity contract with AT&T looks to expire this year. First it was iPhone + Verizon and now it's iPhone + T-Mobile."
I'm sure by now you have seen numerous reports about T-Mobile possibly getting the iPhone. For months it was that the iPhone was sure to be on the Verizon network (PC World has a timeline in case you are interested), and now it is the T-Mobile rumor that is getting legs, as the mentions of an impending iPhone release on their network keep popping up. Adding to this is a recent one that Verizon will get it but after T-Mobile, as well as one that says the elusive white iPhone 4 will actually be a Verizon iPhone. What to believe? Could there be an additional network from which to choose for your iPhone service? AT&T, and Apple for that matter, took a risk and it paid off big with the iPhone. With that risk, AT&T also got something from Apple, namely exclusivity. With the upgrades in the iPhone year to year, and the addition of the iPad in the mix of products, you can see from their financials that the partnership with Apple is paying off handsomely. I guess it goes back to that old risk versus reward saying. But how is it doing for the customers that, according to Steve Jobs, are so important to Apple? Well here is my two-cents on the topic, and the rumor about T-Mobile.