Apple soon to free iPhone from AT&T?

“Now that Apple and AT&T have squeaked out of [their revenue sharing] deal, what’s holding the two companies together? Certainly some would say that it’s that oft-mentioned exclusivity agreement the companies signed, but I don’t know of one person who actually read the thing and no one really knows if Apple can get out or not,” Don Reisinger writes for CNET.

“But if I had to take a guess, step one in getting out of its contract with AT&T revolved around the revenue sharing deal. And before you know it, Steve Jobs’ latest blockbuster may be on other carriers,” Reisinger writes.

“It may be hard to believe right now, but rest assured that the chances of AT&T and Apple no longer working with each other are greater than you might think,” Reisinger writes.

“AT&T is trying to put its own spin on the demise of the revenue sharing deal, but it knows all too well that it was the only thing keeping Apple on its side. Now that it’s gone and Apple will enjoy the same benefit from selling the iPhone regardless of the service its connected to, the companies’ tie is as flimsy as it has ever been,” Reisinger writes.And it’s for that reason that Apple, smelling greener pastures and more customers, will find a way to sneak its way out of the exclusivity agreement and bring the iPhone to every major US carrier.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “MacVicta” for the heads up.]


  1. Isn’t the only other carrier in the U.S. capable of adding the iPhone to its network T-Mobile? The iPhone is a GSM device after all, and AT&T;and T-Mobile are the *only* GSM carriers in the U.S.

  2. If this author considers 2012 soon, then yes, he’s correct.

    No more revenue sharing but AT&T;is still paying for the subsidy and giving Apple an estimated $230-$270 per iPhone sold.

  3. We’re assed out until we can see the agreement. I know I wouldn’t trust anything AT&T;says. The last thing they need is an idea floating around that in a year or two you’ll be able to get the iPhone on your carrier without leaving.

  4. Aldebaran, it’s a fairly minor technical exercise to put a different cellular chipset into a phone. While the first version was indeed GSM-only we shouldn’t be surprised to see other formats show up as Apple expands the user base and branches out into new countries. For example a GSM phone in Japan wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense.

    P.S. — love the new homepage MDN! I wish every site would take such a functional, attractive approach to design. Can’t wait to see this expanded to the comment pages!

  5. About the same time the Apple-AT&T;agreement expires, Sprint should have finally completed its WiMax network deployment.

    Most (all?) of the existing HSPDA carriers (e.g. AT&T;) have elected to go with LTE in the future, and WiMax deployment may be limited to Sprint, however.

    Nevertheless, a WiMax enabled iPhone would be sweet…

    *** I hope I am the first to start wishing for a 4G iPhone, now that the 3G iPhone is about to hit the market! ***

  6. There is only one thing that would make the iPhone suitable for ANY network ANYWHERE in the world: Qualcomm’s GOBI chip. It might require some additional engineering on Apple’s part and it might require some licensing negotiations between QCOM and AAPL, but the potential of this chip to make the iPhone a truly universal phone is so enormous that I can’t believe Apple will ignore it.

  7. At&t; sucks Because ???

I was going to get an iphone at At&t;, but they said I HAD to Pay Them $1000 Deposit to get service ???

    HOWEVER if i got the Motorola C168i-PAYG 
It is A 3G phone.

I Could sign up with no Deposit, and that I would be Able swap an ipone on to my plain after 90 Days

    Well My 90 Days are up, But the new iphones are out so I’m waiting for that.

    Anyone Want to Bet, There Going to Screw Me AGAIN !!!

PS. I Have heard of a lot of people having this happen…

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