AT&T has exclusive U.S. distribution rights for five years — an eternity in the go-go cellphone world. And Apple is barred for that time from developing a version of the iPhone for CDMA wireless networks.
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."
At times like this when I'm ALREADY happy with Cingular, the 5 year exclusive makes it just that much sweeter....
Conversely, I do think this is a shortsighted deal which negatively affects others. That, I strongly DISLIKE...
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.
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.
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.