The NYPost’s sources say that Verizon will be a carrier of the tablet and may in fact be announced as an iPhone partner on Wednesday, though might not be available as a carrier until the exclusivity agreement ends in June.
Apple is expected to name Verizon Wireless as one of its carriers with its anticipated unveiling of a new tablet device on Wednesday, sources told The Post. That means Apple head Steve Jobs will probably introduce a Verizon iPhone, ending AT&T’s exclusive hold on the hot smartphone. “It’s almost a certainty,” said telecom consultant Dunston Almeida. “AT&T losing iPhone is the worst-kept secret on Wall Street. The only question is whether Apple announces a Verizon iPhone this week.”
They went on to add what everyone has known since forever:
Apple has been “extremely frustrated” with AT&T’s iPhone service, which regularly drops customers’ calls, especially in high-traffic New York and San Francisco, said a source close to AT&T.
Don’t get your party hats and streamers out just yet. You’ll have to wait until June.
AT&T’s exclusive deal with Apple ends in June, sources said.
Then there is poor AT&T who’ve apparently been unable to gain customer growth outside of iPhone users. What will they do when iPhone users have other carrier options? Drop prices? Improve service?