Apple chooses Cingular as exclusive US carrier for iPhone

Apple and Cingular announced that Cingular, the largest wireless carrier in the US, will be Apple’s exclusive US carrier partner for Apple’s revolutionary iPhone unveiled today. As part of this multi-year partnership, Apple and Cingular are working together to provide innovative new features to mobile phone users, such as iPhone’s pioneering and unique Visual Voicemail, a first on any mobile phone in the world.

“Apple chose Cingular because they are the best and most popular carrier in the US,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “We are thrilled to be offering our revolutionary new iPhone exclusively with Cingular, and look forward to working together with them to create some wonderful new features for our customers.”

“By partnering with Apple, we are continuing our commitment to raising the bar for customers,” said Stan Sigman, Cingular’s president and CEO, in the release. “We think the iPhone is one of the most innovative devices ever created, and we look forward to letting our customers be the first in the world to experience the future of mobile phones.”

iPhone’s unique Visual Voicemail was co-developed by Apple and Cingular. Visual Voicemail makes voicemail as fast and convenient as email by allowing users to go directly to any of their voice messages without listening to any of the prior messages.

iPhone will be available in the US beginning in June 2007 in a 4GB model for $499 and an 8GB model for $599, and will work in combination with Apple’s iTunes running on either a PC or Mac.

iPhone will be sold in the US through Apple’s retail and online stores and through Cingular’s retail and online stores.

See Apple’s new iPhone here.


  1. Europe has to wait for a year? Sounds very odd to me. Compared to european standards, the US carrier tech, networks etc. are pretty lowtech – so I really wonder what the issue is here.

  2. What’s so unique about “Visual Voicemail”? Right now, w/Cingular and a 2-year-old Sony Ericsson phone, I get a visual listing of all voicemails and can select the one I want to listen to. Also provides visual info re who called and the date/time.
    Maybe there’s something I’m missing…

  3. Bijou
    Look at all the pages for iPhone at the bottom on Apple’s site. This device has yet to gain FCC approval hence it not going on sale until June. CE approval (the European equivalent) generally takes longer to achieve.

  4. Steve has your number. We, of the computer world, are the victims.

    Guess I’ll venture over to the Vista web site and see what all that’s about since Steve just announced Apple’s withdrawal from the computer business.

  5. As I say, here in Ireland you can buy most phones and then choose your preferred network. This is the only really bad thing about it so far. The US will surely follow suit in a couple of years, well I hope they do for the sake of most of you on here.

  6. Goodbye verizon….

    Funny that my contract ends in July…

    MDN Word: “pay” As in I’ll def pay for one of these…. Whenever the anchors of CNN go live and say “ohhhhhhhh man I have to have one!” It’s a good sign.

  7. According to recent Consumer Reports, Apple enjoys highest customer satisfaction, while Cingular is at the opposite end of the scale. As current Cingular’s customer I certainly hope Apple will infect it, and not the other way around.

  8. This is probably the biggest product announcements that Apple have ever made and most of the people before me seem to be complaining about some aspect pr another. You miss the point.

    You might have seen how the iPod halo effect worked. When Windows users see that the cool things they do on their iPhones are ~exactly~ the same as on a Mac, they will get accustomed to OS X without even realising it. Before long, OS X will no longer feel unfamiliar to those who don’t use Macs. Switching will be easier.

    On the face of it, it’s not a Mac announcement, but the benefits to Mac sales are going to be huge.

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