Verizon iPhone 5: Should Apple Buy out of AT&T Exclusivity?
The much wanted and often rumoured Verizon iPhone, be it an iPhone 4 or an iPhone 5 remains a matter of contention with the mobile public, most want it to happen while some are fairly sure it will happen and several are looking for it to happen in January 2011.
Yet still Apple maintain AT&T’s exclusivity over the iPhone in the US, three years after the original launch, which one would have thought was long enough for any carrier to have a strangle hold over a smartphone, but Apple did agree to a five year exclusivity apparently, but as with all things there is a way out.
The guys over at Beat Week suggest that Apple would have at least put an opt-out clause in the exclusivity contract allowing for Apple to hit the road with other carriers if the Big Blue was seen to be under performing or and escape clause enabling Apple to simply write out a cheque to end such as deal.
With the likes of Android knocking at Apple’s door, and the soon possibility of Windows Phone 7 grabbing a slice of the iPhone market, perhaps it is time for Apple to pen that get-out cheque and deliver on the Verizon iPhone, as if they continue to stick with AT&T as the only carrier then no doubt Android will eventually become more dominant.
So what do our readers think, if Apple has an out clause in the contract with AT&T, do you think they should use it and deliver on what people want, the Verizon iPhone, or do you think they should simply honour the contract until 2012?