AT&T Extends iPhone Exclusivity Deal with Apple According to Analyst
When it comes to AT&T, apparently not all good things have to come to an end. At least, not when everyone thinks it should. There’s a new report floating around today that, at least in the mind of one analyst out there, says AT&T has successfully inked a deal that extends the exclusivity deal the wireless carrier has had with the iPhone since its inception back in 2007. Basically, that means no Verizon iPhone. Not this year, anyway.
According to the report, analyst Brian Marshall believes that thanks to the iPad’s data plans (which start at $14.99 and come without a contract), AT&T has managed to negotiate with Apple an extension to their iPhone deal. Marshall assumes that the only way AT&T would have agreed to such a different approach to data plans for a dedicated device, like the iPad, would be if they got something “big” out of the deal. Well, nothing’s bigger than another year being the only wireless carrier in the United States to officially carry the iPhone.
The extension would put the iPhone HD in the hands of AT&T customers, at least until the end of 2010. So, that means that the theories of a Verizon Wireless-based iPhone would be put to rest, until 2011. That’s when Verizon Wireless plans to have their 4G tech, LTE, out and about, so it would make sense that Verizon would want to wait for the iPhone. We’ll have to wait and see what happens here.
[via Boy Genius Report]