WSJ: Apple to team with Cingular on mobile phone

“Cingular Wireless is expected to provide wireless service for a new Apple Computer Inc. cellphone, people familiar with the situation say,” Li Yuan and Nick Wingfield report for The Wall Street Journal.

Yuan and Wingfield report, “The launch of the new phone and service is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday, these people say.

“The new product could give Apple access to the huge wireless business, in which nearly a billion handsets are shipped every year, dwarfing the nearly 70 million iPods Apple has sold over the past five years,” Yuan and Wingfield report. “Apple spokesman Steve Dowling declined to comment on ‘rumor and speculation’ when asked about the Cingular-Apple phone deal. A Cingular spokesman also declined to comment.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MadMac” for the heads up.]
The Wall Street Journal is usually quite accurate when it comes to these just-before-the-keynote articles. There is nothing in the article that says the deal with Cingular is exclusive (and, therefore, no exclusivity time frame, either). There is also no information about whether the deal is for an Apple MVNO* or not.

*Mobile Virtual Network Operator: a company that buys network capacity from a network operator to offer its own branded mobile service(s).

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50 Comments

  1. Cingular sucks, though I have to say that Verizon sucks even more.

    Where I live there is a service that gives you unlimited minutes 24/7 for under $40. I know services like this are across the country, but I think that the unwashed masses haven’t revolted yet, and probably won’t. I use Cricket, but there are others that give unlimited options. Cingular ain’t one of ’em.

    Oh, well. Unless the iPhone does VoIP or something, I’m going to have to say to heck with it. That would truly suck if it’s linked to one carrier. But, again, Verizon is like Microsoft, so Cingular is the lesser of two evils…and I do mean evils.

  2. Not particularly revolutionary or earthshattering. Rather unlike Apple to go with the crowd unless they offer an unlocked version at the Apple Stores at the same time. Apple becomes another Nokia or Samsung with its phone lined up alongside all the other phones for the idiots at Best Buy who couldn;t tell you the difference between GSM and DRM.

    I have Cingular and am due for a new phone, but I can see Cingular limiting functions and staying with that stupid MediaNet crap they use.

  3. Is there a cellular phone service provider that doesn’t suck? I have 14 months left on my contract with T-Mobile (who I understand uses the same network as Cingular) and I get just about ZERO reception on my phone calls. I rarely call anyone at home, even if I really want to, because it will be such a frustrating experience. I;d pay an early-termination fee if I knew with certainty of a service provider that provided quality service at a reasonable price.

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