Apple to Become an MVNO?

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  1. emmaonline

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    More rumors but interesting... There is talk that Apple might sign on with a carrier to become their own MVNO (mobile virtual network operator). This will mean that Apple will use someone else's network (like Verizon or Cingular's) and brand the service as Apple. This might be a risky move and I hope Apple isn't seriously considering it because look at the huge flop the ESPN MVNO offering was!
     
  2. pete101

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    I agree this would be a real stupid move... Apple should stick to what they know best and not get into the Telecom game. All of the major providers are lining up in order to sell this phone with their plans and I don't think this would sit well with the mobile providers and the consumers. They should stick with what they know and leave the service to someone else.
     
  3. Rafagon

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    Fresh new rumors have surfaced, suggesting that Apple may be planning to become an MVNO.

    As evidenced by this very thread, this isn't the first time these rumors have circulated. TechCrunch reported back in June of 2011 that Apple "Wants To Be It's [sic] Own Carrier" and that an MVNO patent application had been extended. Four years later, the improperly used apostrophe in the headline had yet to be removed.

    It is unclear what will happen at this juncture. Perhaps a fresh comment I posted below the article will prompt the author finally to correct his error. Or perhaps the author feels he is above grammatical rules, and will leave the apostrophe in the article's title, spitting defiantly in the face of anyone who dares challenge him.
     
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  4. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Extraordinarily bad idea.

    Siri.

    Apple Music.
     
  5. Rafagon

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    I didn't quite follow your point. Are you saying that Apple's MVNO wouldn't have adequate capacity for Siri and Apple Music? Or are you saying that Apple needs to focus on improving Siri and Apple Music and therefore shouldn't bother with an MVNO at this point?
     
  6. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    I meant that Apple can't even get these two features running smoothly (I have both disabled currently). They shouldn't even think about becoming a carrier. I can only imagine the debacle that would be.
     
  7. chris

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    But Apple is so good at services.
     
  8. Rafagon

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    I've seen Siri do some questionable things, but my experience wasn't bad enough that I felt the need to disable her. I must admit, I do most tasks on my own and usually only use Siri for "fun experiments."
     
  9. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    As I've said before, I have a real problem with having to rely on a remote server in order to play music or make a phone call.
     
  10. chris

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    Well, it's not only accessing their remote server. I had entire playlists disappear this weekend, despite having them downloaded to device. Everything was going great and then boom, only one song remained. Giving it a full 3-month trial before making a decision, but growing disenchanted with Apple Music.
     
  11. Rafagon

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    So, if I understand the concept of an MVNO correctly, then AT&T, Verizon, or Sprint would have to sell Apple a portion (and probably a significant one, at that) of their network capacity in order for Apple to be able to provide its own MVNO.

    Would would the Big Three ever want to sell network capacity, when they themselves don't seem to have enough of it? And I say they don't have enough of it because they feel the need to throttle certain customers' connections under certain circumstances in order to meet demand…

    Then again, if it's more profitable to sell network capacity to a potential competitor than to use it for their own customers, they probably would do it in a heartbeat.
     
  12. Napoleon PhoneApart

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    Last night I cut ties with Apple Music completely. I discovered a different version of one of my jazz tunes in one of my playlists. That's it. Party over.
     
  13. Rafagon

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    Did it overwrite your original file with an undesired version of the song? Is your original file gone forever?

    Isn't this a problem with iTunes Match, rather than the newly launched Apple Music service?
     

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