AT&T Hopes For iPhone Exclusivity Until 2011
CEO says talks with Apple are underway...
There have been rumblings that in 2010, when AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple ends, Verizon would begin offering an EVDO version of the iPhone
to their customers. But AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson tells the Wall Street Journal
that he's in negotiations with Apple to extend AT&T's exclusive iPhone contract until 2011. That may be sorry news for iPhone users in markets where AT&T 3G connectivity either hasn't been deployed, or isn't particularly robust. Apple so far isn't commenting, only saying "we have a great relationship with AT&T."
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said by andunn:It's more complicated than that, Apple has to decide if it can make more money with a single wireless carrier or whether they can make more by offering it to all (who are willing to pay) U.S. carriers.
I'm sure what will happen is that when AT&T is done talking to Apple and they have their offer. Apple will then take that offer or tell Verizon this is what we think AT&T is going to offer. Then say to Verizon if you want the iphone beat this. Then we get to see how badly both want the iphone.
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Re: milk it at&t It would seem to me they would make more with all carriers having the phone. That would give them a much larger base of potential customers. My wife and I talked about getting Iphones, but did not want to change to AT&T so they lost 2 potential customers right there.
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Fort Wayne, IN
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said by Homer J:This is countered by AT&T paying a huge premium to Apple to have exclusive rights. AT&T could afford to pay those premiums as Apple/iPhone was attracting flocks of customers to join AT&T. I don't know what the actual numbers are, but is it better to have AT&T pay $10/customer, or 5 different carriers $2. Which brings in more customers in the end?
That would give them a much larger base of potential customers.
The iPhone was novel when it first came out. There really wasn't anything on the market that could rival it. However the market has changed.
I just recently purchased a G1, based on Google's Android OS. It's "app store" isn't as extensive as the iPhones, but it has many of the same types of popular applications. It has similar feature sets as the iPhone plus additional things the iPhone can't do currently. Plus the OS it's not tied to a single carrier. The G1 is only currently offered from T-Mobile, but it's available directly from google unlocked or from the manufacturer as the HTC Dream. Additional makers are in the process of bringing out their own Android phones in the coming months.
With legitimate competitors coming on to the scene, the advantage of the exclusivity of the iPhone I think will wear off. It may be more attractive to Apple, but I think AT&T will offer less as they will have a harder time drawing people in with competing phones that offer more features for less available elsewhere.
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Fort Wayne, IN
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said by patcat88:I can't speak to the specific details to each OS. Some have been open source from the beginning (Android), some may be truly open some day (Symbian OS), and some almost guaranteed will never be be open source (iPhone and Microsoft). Most of the OSes were designed for interoperability with with one system specifically. Android works in unison with all of the google apps (Gmail, maps, calendar, etc), Windows Mobile with office and Live.com, iPhone with...I don't know.
So what on earth is the difference between Android, WM, Symbian and iPhone OS other than to various attempts to embrace, extend, extinguish, and monopolizing developers?
One of the big difference in the different phones is what it takes to be a developer. With Android, anyone can become a developer, access the OS source or SDK for free, and create their own apps, extending and embracing the application. Google might be able to change the license in the future, but since it's already been open and if they accept outside contributions to the official build that could be very difficult. You don't have to have any type of blessings from T-Mobile or Google to install your own apps. Google pulled a tethering app from their marketplace, but you can easily download it and install it form several different places on the net.
Compared to Apple's SDK that requires you to pay a minimum of $99 just to be able to develop applications. You must apply for a license and there isn't a guarantee that you'll be accepted. Plus then you have to sign a developer agreement on what you can an cannot do with your application and device. Once you have an application, but must release it through Apple's iStore after it's been cryptographically signed and have their blessing. Non-signed apps won't run on the iPhone unless it's been jail broken, officially a no-no in Apple/AT&T's eyes.
Just like with desktop PCs, choice is always good. I can choose between multiple different versions of Windows, Linux and OS-X (which has it's roots in *nix/BSD). Similarly, my phones can be based on different OSs and have features that the others don't support, or if they don't support them they may or may not be able to support them. If the iPhone didn't have any competitors, where's the incentive to be innovative?
I had a HTC Touch (aka T-Mobile Wing) for almost 3 years that was running a modified version of Windows Mobile I grabbed from XDA-Developers. It worked decent, but it was slow and had limited memory. The touch screen also wasn't sensitive (or maybe that should be too sensitive) and my fat fingers wouldn't register as presses all the time, especially on small buttons or text. The mobile version of IE also sucked on most websites. Part of these limitations were probably because of the age of the phone. But I think some of the kudgyness of some apps comes from a desktop OS that was ported to a mobile device.
After upgrading to the G1, the screen is much more responsive to my fat fingers. Navigation is easier as the screens were designed for a mobile phone, not for a desktop-look-a-like screen. I've yet to get a out-of-memory error. The browser renders pages much better and is actually usable on most websites I've been too. Android also has the ability to run applications in the background, something the iPhone has yet to figure out how to do.
| |cdruGo ColtsPremium,MVM
Fort Wayne, IN
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said by Mchart:Is it a phone or a video game?
The G1 definatly has a few interesting features with how they setup the Android OS on the phone. However, the device is still nowhere near competing with the iPhone in terms of raw power. The iPhone has both a faster CPU, and dedicated GPU. This makes it possible for games like Galaxy on Fire, which the G1 would never be able to run.
Seriously though, is the CPU and/or graphics limitation a matter of the G1 being the first real mobile device to run Android? Or a limitation of the Android OS itself? Did the first iPods that came out run Galaxy on Fire? There is a video floating around on Youtube of Quake running on an Android phone. Yes Quake isn't exactly the latest in 3D games, but it's been a litmus test of sorts for a long time as to 3D gaming.
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Saint Louis, MO
| |said by Mchart:The CPU on the G1 is just clocked down. There's an overclocking app in the market which allows the user to overclock, and I must say that the performance increase is very noticeable, and makes my experience lagless. So, it may not have a dedicated GPU still, but the CPU argument can be dismissed imo.
The G1 definatly has a few interesting features with how they setup the Android OS on the phone. However, the device is still nowhere near competing with the iPhone in terms of raw power. The iPhone has both a faster CPU, and dedicated GPU.
This makes it possible for games like Galaxy on Fire, which the G1 would never be able to run. I'd say the only real feature(s) the G1 has going for it over the iPhone is the keyboard, and the fact that you can easily replace the battery. For anyone thats used an iPhone, however, the keyboard is a null issue as if one has actually used an iPhone you would know the touch keyboard works just as good.That's simply not true. Everyone and their mother has an iPhone. It's practically the new razr. I've used the virtual keyboard, and I'm not impressed. My current build of Android on my G1 also has a virtual keyboard (which I like better than the iPhone vk), and I still prefer to use the G1 physical keyboard over the virtual keyboard. It's a matter of personal preference. My own is that I still prefer the physical keyboard.
The same argument can be made for the multi-touch. While I had software on my G1 (like the browser) which was multi-touch capable, and emulated the iPhone multitouch, I also decided not to use it because it was more "pretty" than it was useful. I still feel that multitouch limits usability by taking away 1-handed operation.
The battery issue is really the only determining factor I can think of besides being locked into one of the specific carriers. The bottom line is that the Palm Pre is the only phone soon to be released / out now that is actually capable of competing with the iPhone. The G1 just doesn't have the raw power to run some of the apps that the iPhone can. Based upon what? I'm willing to put money down that you haven't actually used a G1. Especially not one with a recent Android 1.5 OS build.
It's really a shame that Android 1.5 didn't ship with the G1. Because lining up the upcoming iPhone to the G1 with Android 1.5, the G1 STILL has better features than the iPhone in all but 2 categories: 3d gaming and design. And neither of those is a flaw in Android, but a shortcoming of the G1.
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| |said by andunn:Will Apple be bribed enough by AT&T to keep the iPhone from other US wireless providers?
It's all about the money. I'm sure what will happen is that when AT&T is done talking to Apple and they have their offer. Apple will then take that offer or tell Verizon this is what we think AT&T is going to offer. Then say to Verizon if you want the iphone beat this. Then we get to see how badly both want the iphone.
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said by milkerman :Why? that's being asked here... on BBR? Why? Because it's ANTI-CONSUMER to allow it to go on, just as is it for the Sunday NFL game package that DirecTV has a hold on.
Well if it works for them, why try to end it?
The NFL is stupid for letting DirecTV have exclusive rights to it as there are more customers out there for them to have, that probably won't subscribe becuase either 1) They can't have a dish, or 2) won't go to DirecTV from Dish, uVerse, Cable, FiOS, etc. These idiots cut their own throat.
Also, the iPhone.. there are people that avoid AT&T like the plague.. I'm one of them. I HAVE an account with them but it's becuase work requires it. But, they get as little money as possible. My money goes to Sprint, well, it went to Nextel, but you know...
There are people that want to get the iPhone but are waiting for it to hit the network THEY chose to use.. so why limit? Apple would be fools to extend the contract for more time with AT&T. As it was said earlier, their 3G network isn't very robust like other providers. It's time these so-called "ultra premium" phones stop hailing themselves as some kind of god-like devices, stop screwing around, and start making real money on them by opening them up to the market.
And, quite honestly, if AT&T needs the iPhone SOOOOOO much, what does that say about their service? If the ONLY thing keeping a customer to AT&T is the iPhone, then maybe they need to start looking at other ways to keep their customer other than putting their eggs in apple's basket..
Re: milk it at&t Its better to shift the responsibility for sales to a 3rd party (Apple, DirecTV), and hold yourself blameless for bad results.
The money/profit you would make by just offering it to one party, will offset the extra volume you would push through at lower prices. Offer it to multiple 3rd parties and they will compete against each other on who can sell your product for less.
said by en102:I second that. I paid the fee to get out of my contract with Verizon Wireless because I kept getting dropped calls. And this was in downtown D.C.!!!!
After having poor service with Verizon Wireless in the past, I'd never go back to them. Their CEO would have to come and kiss my a$$ on TV first.
I don't use the iPhone, however, I do use AT&T service, and have had a much better experience since I cancelled Verizon Wireless.
I have never had a problem with AT&T Wireless.
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The House of Apple's our way or the Highway.... business model is showing some rips in the fabric. They tried this approach with the iPhone in Japan and they where shown the door. I understand there is a 4G iPhone in the works with a camera, and the other things demanded by the Japanese consumer. I love my iPod Touch, but as a cell phone, for me, it would suck. The shape is all wrong, no camera, and no physical Keyboard. The have Blackberries that have all of this, and a nice touch screen for a whole bunch cheaper in price, and a bunch of cell phone companies waiting to business whit you.
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