Originally Posted by backtomac
Sure. I'll bet clearwire would love to do a deal. Their stock has been hammered ever since their deal with Sprint fell apart. But wouldn't ATT have to be a part of it?
Don't get me wrong I like WiMax, or the promise of WiMax.
The next-generation iPhone has to have a way forwards. Mac laptops could also benefit from wireless broadband.
There ain't much choice. Apple has to go with one of two technologies.
If Apple goes 3G it means hooking-up with a hundred different providers around the planet.
These providers have spent billions in setting up their infra-structure. They want that money back from someone. 3G is not that fast, not that cheap, not that low power. These providers are best described as "cellphone networks" which is another way of saying they are all money-grabbing a**holes. Not only are they bad partners for Apple, they are screwing their customers which creates a great market opportunity.
WiMax would mean Apple & partners having to invest their own billions on network infrastructure. But with the right partners, and the right handsets, and the right chipsets, Apple could disrupt the entire wireless industry.
Would AT&T be allowed on the AirBus for the ride? Possibly, possibly not. They would not have to be involved. AT&T cannot pull-out of supporting the first gen iPhone. The ink has dried on the contract.
Would Apple like a network pal? I dunno, it would depend on whether Steve has had his Shiatzu.
This is unlikely to happen, it's just what I'd do if I had $15bn in loose change. And it seemed a more imaginative idea than a Laptop built from AeroGel.