iSuppli Sees Apple/AT&T Extension
Apple is likely to extend its exclusive deal with AT&T for iPhone carriage. That's the conclusion of an iSuppli analysis released last week, based on a look at wireless technology deployment on the part of AT&T.
“Speculation is rife that Apple will end its exclusive U.S. iPhone service deal with AT&T when the current contract expires in June 2010 and begin to offer phones that work with the Verizon network,” iSuppli's principal analyst for wireless communications, Francis Sideco, said as part of the announcement. “However, iSuppli doesn’t believe this will be the case.
This is because of expected growth of the HSPA air standard, which is presently used by AT&T for its 3G network. It is growing much faster than Verizon's EVDO standard. iSuppli also doesn't believe that the Apple/AT&T relationship will be affected by the recently announced investigation into mobile device exclusivity by the federal government.