“As part of an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam today, Tim Cook has ruled out the possibility of Apple becoming a mobile carrier or MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator),” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac.

Our expertise doesn’t extend to the network. We’ve worked with AT&T in the US, O2 in the UK, as well as T-Mobile and Orange, and we expanded as we learned more. But generally, the things Apple likes to do, are things we can do globally.

We don’t have the network skill. We’ll do some things along the way with e-SIMs along the way, but in general, I like the things carriers do. — Apple CEO Tim Cook

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Keep your enemies close until you lop off their heads.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]