Originally Posted by tt92618
Guys, there is nothing 'cool', 'smart' or 'savvy' about this. A move like this would be, if Apple actually did it, one of THE most idiotic business moves of the year if not decade. That said, it's just a dumb idea and a really bizarro story that somebody dreamed up. Just think about it. In order to believe this is true, one has to accept that:
1) Apple would spend the last 16 months developing a new and groundbreaking design, and then intentionally tie it to a carrier who represents < 18% of the subscriber market in the US, AND:
2) That Apple would do this just because that carrier promissed to buy 30.5 million phones over a four year
period (just 7.6 million a year), DESPITE:
3) The fact that AT&T and Verizon sell about 24 million iPhones a year, which would be 116 million devices over the same four year period (as opposed to 30), and DESPITE:
4) The fact that it would immediately anger millions upon millions of customers who are currently locked into contracts with Verizon and / or AT&T but who would otherwise be eligible for early upgrades, and DESPITE:
5) The fact that it would massively alienate their current carrier partners.
It's just a stupid, STUPID story, with a capital 'S'.
I agree with this 100%. The only way it makes sense is if this is like 3 months and then LTE comes out before Christmas on VATT. Even then, for all the reasons shown above, the exclusivity bit makes no sense.
If the rest of the world gets iPhone 5 with HSPA+ as one article I read alluded to, Apple's SKU count would skyrocket. Not what Apple is about.
iPhone is a world wide phone, not just a US phone. I was just in Japan for 3 weeks. I saw more iPhones in peoples' hands on the train, street car, subway, bus than I have ever seen before. Lots of Android too but a LOT of iPhones. Sprint would have to purchase 50-80 million IN ONE YEAR to make it financially worth while to Apple to give them an exclusive.
(And speaking of Japan -- Yodobashi Camera had like 3 or 4 aisles of iPhone accessories, covers, etc. All sorts of things I had not seen before as well. Wish we had that sort of store in the US)