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Apple and AT&T signed iPhone exclusivity pact until 2012?

Written by Andre Yoskowitz @ 10 May 2010 11:21 User comments (5)

Apple and AT&T signed iPhone exclusivity pact until 2012? Engadget has reported today that Apple and AT&T originally signed a five-year exclusivity pact in 2007 with the launch of the original iPhone, although it is unclear whether that deal is still in effect, just three years later.
The site found the official details out after reading a 2008 court filing by Apple, although a USAToday report made it clear in 2007 that AT&T was the exclusive distributor of the phone in the United States. Verizon also passed on the original deal.

The filing was necessary because Apple and AT&T were the subject of a class-action lawsuit filed in 2007, which claimed that the carrier had a monopoly over iPhone customers, since after their contract expired, they could not jump to another carrier, as the handset was locked down.

Nilay Patel of Engadget says the real question may be whether the deal is still in effect, or been reworked since 2008: "Contracts can be canceled, amended, and breached in many ways, and AT&T's spotty recent service history plus the explosion of the iPhone and the mobile market in general have given Apple any number of reasons to revisit the deal. In addition, the two companies obviously hit the negotiating table again to hammer out the iPad's pricing plans, and there's no way of knowing whether that deal involves the iPhone as well."

It will be interesting to see whether or not an iPhone for Verizon or any other carrier is on the way sometime this year, or if that 2012 deal is still in effect.

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5 user comments

111.5.2010 00:11

give the real news already -_-; this news is like a slap in the face AGAIN, making us wonder what the difference of this news than any other ones before?

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 11 May 2010 @ 12:13

211.5.2010 07:27

well done, anything to take down apple :)

edit, that was for the worng article Lol

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311.5.2010 11:44

Apple is dumb! so much people want to use their phones and they lock it to one company. Imagine how much phones they would have sold if it had been unlocked or at least released for more companies.

413.5.2010 19:31

Another good reason to buy Android.

514.5.2010 10:24

Notice both companies only signed up until 2012?

Maybe they are playing it safe just incase the world ends? Sounds like they don't want to make the same commitments on Mars.

Ha ha

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