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.
Samsung for one, is a giant in the mobile phone industry and they are not taking the iPhone sitting down. See this link:
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.