Plus, it isn't as if Apple didn't ask Verizon back in 2006 whether they wanted to carry the iPhone. Remember that back in those days, the carriers wielded the power, and didn't like being told by Apple that they couldn't install their own applications or branding on the phone. No one knew whether it would even sell. AT&T took a chance on the phone, agreed to Apple's terms regarding pricing, branding, and marketing, and in return got an exclusive contract.
12/30/11 at 9:53pm