Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Are the Apple / Verizon Rumors a Power Play Against AT&T?
Currently, iPhone users are handcuffed to a single provider for their mobile device by Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) but the exclusive deal ends in 2010, and a reports by Businessweek and CNET fueled speculation that Apple may unveil two new mobile devices for Verizon customers, including an iPhone lite.
Imagine the ramifications for AT&T (NYSE:ATT)if they're left holding the bag on Apple's comparatively ancient iPhone 3G in 2010, while their arch-rival walks away with the hottest new product. AT&T could lose a substantial amount of subscribers, which is one reason why some analysts believe the Apple/Verizon chatter could be a smokescreen by Apple. By leaving AT&T on the outside looking in, Apple could gain the upper-hand in negotiations.
By Matt O'Hern at 03:17 PM | Comments (1)