AT&T COO: Expectations for Apple iPhone are ‘too low,’ device will be a ‘game changer’

Apple Store“AT&T Inc. Chief Operating Officer Randall Stephenson said expectations are ‘too low” for Apple Inc.’s iPhone, which his phone company will start selling next month,” Crayton Harrison reports for Bloomberg.

“‘I believe the iPhone is going to be a game changer,’ Stephenson said today at an investor conference in New York,” Harrison reports. “I don’t know what your expectations are for the iPhone, but I would tell you they’re probably too low at this point.'”

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Roger Cheng reports for Dow Jones Newswires, “The executive said that more than 1 million people have expressed interest in purchasing the iPhone and that the buzz continues to build.”

Cheng reports, “Wireless is the key product to gain ownership of the home, since it’s the most personal buying decision for the consumer. ‘It’s a reflection of your personality, how you live, and how you communicate,’ he said.”

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18 Comments

  1. This guy needs to shut up. Remember “Under Sell/Over Deliver”.
    Stephenson sounds like the type of guy thay you enjoy seeing eat crow. Everytime he makes himself the voice of the iPhone I regret Steve’s decision of partnering with AT&T.

  2. Totally agree with Spark. This guy needs to SHUT THE HELL UP. He’s gonna look like a tremendous fool if the iPhone doesn’t live up to his hype. Why can’t he simply take a page out of Steve Jobs’ playbook and just SHUT UP & PLAY IT COOL? You don’t hear Steve Jobs running around telling people that their expectations are too low. Steve sets the bar low, so if & when they jump over the bar, they’ll look amazing.

  3. “Steve sets the bar low, so if & when they jump over the bar, they’ll look amazing.”

    Yep, that’s exactly what Steve did when announcing the iPhone during Macworld. It was so low that I didn’t even hear about it until this AT&T guy mentioned it. Of course I have been living on Mars since early January.

  4. It has been such a long wait for the iPhone. But now it’s down to just 3 weeks! I have a big, red circle on June 20th on my calendar. I might even take the day off to camp out at the Apple store.

    Does that make me a kool-aid drinking, Steve Jobs worshipping, Macintosh fanatic-ing Apple cultist?

    Jobs, I hope so!

  5. Pump the stock and then sell short just before it’s sold and everyone realizes it’s just a LAME PHONEb]

    1: No GPS

    2: Small 8 GB storage

    3: Slow Edge network

    4: Small screen

    5: Lame 2 megapixel camera

    6: No sharks with friggin laser beams on their friggin heads.

    REALLY!! what’s the use if they don’t come with sharks with frigging laser beams on their heads?

    I WANT ONE…

    ….HUNDRED…BILLION…GAZILLION DOLLARS.

  6. “Game Changer” indeed.

    Consider the power of placing a palm-top Mac (iPhone) in someone’s hand, then scaling up from there into the stratosphere of the known Mac universe.

    Now imagine billions and billions of stars.

    Big, isn’t it?

  7. I’m more concerned that Randall Stephenson has set the bar too low on AT&T’s existing service, the amount of cell (& data) towers to support this new game changer. It’s time for AT&T to step up!

  8. “I’m more concerned that Randall Stephenson has set the bar too low on AT&T’s existing service, the amount of cell (& data) towers to support this new game changer. It’s time for AT&T to step up!” —Rudge

    Totally agree. Cellular service in the U.S. is basically the pits no matter who the provider is. Definitely the weak link (and the bottleneck) if we’re talking new game here.

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