Should Apple stop AT&T Exclusive and bring on Verizon Wireless?

Yesterday we told you about AT&T extended its exclusive Apple iPhone deal; which many of you think is madness, or is it?

This should not be up to Steve Jobs but in fact the people who pay the money for such products, one comment we received earlier says

“Apple may not have too much freedom to open the iphone to other carriers (in the US). Consider the following comment on AppleInsider: No matter how successful AT&T may be in lengthening its time spent with the iPhone, the firm is likely to maintain an inherent technological basis for holding the device close until two years later. As the only major US carrier with 3G using the HSPA standard on the 850MHz band, the iPhone as-is only supports its service for full data. Adapting the phone to T-Mobile USA would most likely require adding the 1,700MHz band, while switching to Sprint or Verizon would, for now, need a complete overhaul that swaps in CDMA calling and 3G access using EVDO; either of these is expected to gradually phase out. Eventually, AT&T and Verizon will share the same network format when they both move to 4G using the Long Term Evolution format, but neither expects to have any significant networks until 2010, rendering any truly multi-carrier US iPhone impractical until the possible new expiry date for the agreement between AT&T and Apple”.

So the question which can only be answered by you the people that count, “Should Apple stop AT&T Exclusive and bring on Verizon Wireless?


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