iPhone Not Beholden to Single-Carrier Forever, Exec Says
While it has an exclusive deal with AT&T for several more years, Apple is “not married” to the idea of having only a single carrier. That’s according to the company’s COO, Tim Cook, who spoke Wednesday at the Goldman Sachs Investment Symposium, AppleInsider.com reported.
Cook, though, told the audience that he does not regret going with a one-carrier launch, mostly because launching separate CDMA and GSM versions would have been too complicated. He warned investors, however, that the comments should not be seen as an indication that Apple would be abandoning exclusivity. Apple and AT&T have a five-year exclusivity agreement for the device.
In the speech, Cook also admitted that weak sales of the iPod Shuffle over the holidays led to the recent price cut, and called the iPhone “an incredible accomplishment.”