Uh Oh - AT&T Exclusivity Ends Next Year
For a few days now, it has been a mystery whether AT&T will get denied or granted an extension of exclusivity for the iPhone. Officially, it will end next year, however, there may still be a chance for AT&T.
In an article on AT&T’s new CEO Randall Stephenson, the Wall Street Journal confirms that AT&T’s exclusive iPhone deal will expire next year.
In the second half of 2008, AT&T gained 4.3 million iPhone customers, with 40% of those being new to AT&T so you can see why they are fighting to keep the iPhone. They are still trying to get atleast until 2011.
If Apple chooses to discontinue exclusivity with AT&T, T-Mobile is the only compatible GSM carrier in the US. For the rest of you, Apple is going to need to make some hardware changes before you see an iPhone in a carrier like Verizon, which I doubt Apple will do.