iPhone on Cingular for 5 years

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ebrunn

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I wonder how long it will take for Verizon to regret their decision to pass on the iPhone (assuming they don't already :p).
By making up lies

Strigl says Verizon is already working with a manufacturer — he declines to say which one — on an answer to the iPhone. "We do have a very good response in the mill," he says. "You'll see that from us in the late summer."
Kinda just like Microsoft did with the Zune.:cool:
 

wjp09

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Im sure verizon will come up with something in the next 5 years. The last "it" phone and still is until the iPhones release was the sidekick from Tmobile. Everyone wanted it. Now its cingulars turn.
 

ColsTiger

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Im sure verizon will come up with something in the next 5 years. The last "it" phone and still is until the iPhones release was the sidekick from Tmobile. Everyone wanted it. Now its cingulars turn.
The RAZR outsold the sidekick by millions and Cingular had that exclusive deal for a year before T-Mobile could offer it.
 

BoxKrait

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The RAZR outsold the sidekick by millions and Cingular had that exclusive deal for a year before T-Mobile could offer it.
Think he has you there.

I thought Cingular was the exclusive provider for the iPhone until 2009?
I read somewhere that they had a 2year strangle hold on it.
 

BoxKrait

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x2 I second that lol. I had verizon glad that I made the switch.
Originally I had AT&T, which sold it's mobile phone industry to Cingular.
And now AT&T bought them.
So I'm back? Even though I never left? :confused:
I should get a loyalty discount. :cool:
 

ColsTiger

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Originally I had AT&T, which sold it's mobile phone industry to Cingular.
And now AT&T bought them.
So I'm back? Even though I never left? :confused:
I should get a loyalty discount. :cool:
I always knew they couldn't keep Ma Bell down forever. And we just thought they broke up that telecommunications monopoly back in the 80s.
 

archer6

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At times like this when I'm ALREADY happy with Cingular, the 5 year exclusive makes it just that much sweeter....:laugh2:

Conversely, I do think this is a shortsighted deal which negatively affects others. That, I strongly DISLIKE...:mad:

As an experienced businesss person that owns a large operation, I do think that unfortunately this is another one of "Steves" deals that will be of great personal benefit for him.

There is no other explanation that I can think of other than it was all about the money (greed) as usual. And in this case it's all about Steve.

Yet, even if that's the case I still do not understand why sales of the iPhone are limited to just one carrier. This will cause a lot of people that wanted an iPhone to walk away. The amount of technological advancement that will occur during this five year period is sure to leave the iPhone in the dust.

Samsung for one, is a giant in the mobile phone industry and they are not taking the iPhone sitting down. See this link:
http://www.mobileburn.com/gallery.jsp?Id=3160&source=SEARCH

We will soon see how this plays out.

As much as I like Apple products, this is my one major complaint with the company is their elitist attitude, and how quick they overlook there loyal customers in the name of profit.

Unfortunately the iPhone just became even more expensive for those that do not want to wait five years for their carrier to have a shot at it.
 

wjp09

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Well look at it this way. More money for Apple means better products for US. Hopefully? Right? Well thats the way it should work.
 

BoxKrait

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Well look at it this way. More money for Apple means better products for US. Hopefully? Right? Well thats the way it should work.
After the success of the many versions of the iPods, I'm sure Apple has a ridiculous amount of money.
Stocks went from.. $7 a share to around $100 right?
 

archer6

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Well look at it this way. More money for Apple means better products for US. Hopefully? Right? Well thats the way it should work.
I agree with the concept & benefit of more products for the US. However it seems to me that if Apple would have signed a 60 DAY exclusivity agreement with AT&T, then after that brief period, released it to T-Mobile, that would have made more money and more sense.

Selling the iPhone through two large carriers makes a lot more sense than to limit it to only one. It's also a lot more fair to the end user.

Especially given that they are the only carriers in the US currently that operate on the GSM system. In addition, I don't think it was smart at all, to sign an agreement that for five years they are not allowed to create a CDMA version of the iPhone.

Once again, I say don't get me wrong, I'm an Apple advocate.

That said, I feel there is a limit to the smoke and mirrors and misleading way they present themselves from time to time.

Brilliant products from a company that vacillates between being good for the public and bad for the public. And camouflages it along the way.

It's all about ethics...... or NOT ?
 

jpmihalk

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Keep in mind that AT&T/Cingular worked with Apple to develop the visual voice mail system, so that had to be all kept under wraps too. Much has been made of the "control" issues involved with a project of this magnitude... so it kind of makes sense to work with one provider to create a new standard rather than all providers.