Rumor: AT&T Wrangles iPhone Exclusivity Extension

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jjsm586

The first apple product I ever
purchased was an iphone 3g... I was very excited all though not so
excited to have a contract with at&t... to make long story short
I went through 6 iphones because of dead pixels on the screen I
probably spent more time in apple stores changing phones that using
it beside the backups and restoring, I also started to hate how
freaking slow the 3g phone is... so I was excited when the 3g s came
out finally I wouldn't be waiting on my phone :) so I went to get it
the first day it came out & guess what... sure enough it had a
dead pixel on the screen I couldn't believe it, Was I jinx? Well the
at&t store did not have any more & apple store had only new
ones which they couldn't give me one because I bought it in an at&t
store... I was so angry that I didn't go back to apple until 10
months later & they replace my screen, well finally I thought it
would be over but guess what? now my gps wouldn't work, What in the
world? I went back to apple the next day and they told me the hardware
was working fine, that it was because the poor at&t network and
well "It is what it is" I couldn't believe an apple tech
would give an answer like that one... well the next day I went to
another apple store and they replace it and since it was new phone I
exchange it with my boyfriend for hes 3g & guess what none of my
apps work after a while of using the 3g & on the new 3g s the gps
still not working... The only thing I know for sure I will not give
one penny to apple again, I will wait for the HTC EVO and if I don't
like it I will buy the NEXUS ONE :D until never again apple couldn't
hate you more rite along with at&t and my old iphone 3g that I
passed along to my sister in law still has a dead pixel...

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Vausch

Let's face it, Apple may be stuck-up and with this issue about the leaked new iPhone they've lost respect from many who saw them as the artsy underdogs, but I love playing with my friend's iPhone. However, the funny thing is the thing's call quality is terrible but it's obvious that's not caused by the hardware because it's speakers and microphone work fine. On Verizon it could actually be used as a phone!

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Vausch

Let's face it, Apple may be stuck-up and with this issue about the leaked new iPhone they've lost respect from many who saw them as the artsy underdogs, but I love playing with my friend's iPhone. However, the funny thing is the thing's call quality is terrible but it's obvious that's not caused by the hardware because it's speakers and microphone work fine. On Verizon it could actually be used as a phone!

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Mighty BOB!

" If the iPhone was available on Verizon instead of AT&T, would you jump on it?"

No.  Because it's an Apple product.  Unless that guy who hacked Android OS onto it can make a good stable crack that makes full use of the iphone's hardware that is.  (As I recall not all the buttons worked or something?)  I'd use an iphone if I didn't have to use Apple's crappy software.

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IFLATLINEI

Im no fan but the iPhone is a nice piece of hardware. With that being said these exclusivity agreements didnt help anyone. This one in particular exposed At&t's weaknesses and made the iPhone an underachiever. They sold alot of iPhones for sure but imagine what could have been sold had they had an iPhone available to all carriers. Theres no shortage of wannabe tech enthusiasts and idiots with agreements with Verizon or Sprint. Ahhh but Steve jobs knows that would have weakened his control over his clones. Not good for Steve jobs. Whats funny is if I can see that Steve Jobs is holding Apple back why cant Apples investors? 

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SysAnalyst

I debated (for all of 12 seconds) waiting for the iPhone on Verizon.  I am very happy with my decision to go with the HTC Incredible instead -- bigger screen, higher resolution, faster processor, 8MP camera, more RAM, NO ITUNES!! and the list goes.  Yeah, Apple's AppStore may have 4 bazillion apps, but for the things I want my phone to do, the Android Market has me covered.

So, screw Apple and their locking you into iTunes and the stupid m4a files.  I'll stick with Android, Gmail and the Amazon MP3 store.  Thanks.

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dbest27@hotmail.com

I truly don't like any of the wireless carriers but they are a necessary part of technology.  I would love to see Sprint steal Verizon's thunder with IPhone before Verizon.  From Apples standpoint they would sell a heck of alot more iPhones with additional Family Share plans @ $20.00/mo versus Verizon's $30/data $20/text.  How many parents would be willing to spring for a IPhone when it is just a extra $20 spot a month!  Hope this happens because Verizon is arrogant and they had their first crack at the IPhone!

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monkeykid753

The iPhone is the reason AT&T sucks so much. The iPhone uses 4X the bandwidth compared to most other smartphones. 

My exploding trick: Any iPad/Phone/Mac haters get a lot of silly putty, then clog up the speakers on iPad and iPhone or vents (if they exist) on an iMac and wait for a few minutes... then....

BIG BOOM!!!! 

 

The Creator of that

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thunderclap82

That's fine.  When my contract with AT&T is up in July I'm switching to Verizon.  If iPhone is available I'll upgrade to the latest and greatest, but if not Droid is an excellent phone too.  No skin off my back.

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BinaryMonkey

Actually, I'd love to see the iPhone not tied to a specific carrier. Apple has the power to make it happen. It might even set the precedent and pave the way for devices to be carrier independent. That way carriers would have to focus on winning customers based on plan prices and service level instead of "If you want this cool phone, you have to sign with us! BWHAHAHAHA!!!!"

Viva la libertad!

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Baer

I am really not that impressed by the iPhone in its present format as there are many things that it will not do and besides, I had my fling with a touch screen and I went back to a keyboard (Blackberry) and I am very happy with it.

However, after saying that, if it were available on Verizon it would take it from a 100% no way to an 85% probibally not but it would take it into the relm of possiability no matter how slight.

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Bustout

I'd switch in a heartbeat. (Even willing to pay early termination fee)

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Phrish

Just means they will push more people into Android.

LOL don't expand your customer base. Just get current users to upgrade to the next iPhone. Force potential customers on other networks to adopt Android.

Yeah, makes perfect (Apple) business sense.

- Phrish

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Zan

I'm forced to agree with this statement. I'm an iPhone fan, but an AT&T convert to Verizon. I picked up a Motorola Droid and actually like it a lot. It's far more powerful and tech geek flexible on the Android OS with so many ways to modify and customize your phone. The simple fact that it acts like an OS (file browsing, file & folder editing, overclocking, UI themes, Wifi Tethering, etc.) make it worth the cross over. The only thing I truely miss are the iPhone games. Will I switch back of Apple if the iPhone goes to Verizon? With Android clearly gaining momentum in it's early life, I doubt it.. Good luck iPhone, I'll miss you... a little.

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Zan

Double post, oops

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Keith E. Whisman

Why not at Verizon you have people.

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Caboose

 huh?

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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