Rumor: AT&T Wrangles iPhone Exclusivity Extension

Ryan Whitwam

Many in the tech community have long been anticipating the day that Apple's popular iPhone would be available on a carrier other than AT&T. As far as anyone knew, the exclusivity arrangement was set to expire this summer, paving the way for an iPhone on Verizon Wireless. But BroadPoint analyst Brian Marshall is now indicating that the great deal Apple got on 3G iPad data plans came at a cost; the extension of iPhone exclusivity .

According to Marshall, AT&T will get another 6 months of exclusivity with the new iPhone. He expects the phone to land on Verizon in the first quarter of 2011. The iPad plans are contract free, and in addition to the unlimited $30 plan, there is a cheaper 250MB $15 plan. Marshall believes AT&T was willing to agree to this in exchange for first crack at the new iPhone.

We will have to wait and see if Marshall's hunch is right, as none of the involved parties are talking. If the iPhone was available on Verizon instead of AT&T, would you jump on it?

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