Originally Posted by AjitMD
Apple is just being insensitive to the consumer needs. ...
I like the iPhone, and I have been to the ATT store thinking about switching over to ATT, but their onerous terms along with reported poor coverage was a bitter pill to swallow so I backed away.
I'm on AT&T. What "onerous terms" are you referring to?
As for insensitive, I highly doubt it. AT&T was the carrier that agreed to Apple's demands for:
2. voice over wi-fi,
3. iTunes at-home activation,
4. iTunes media,
5. iTunes media over-the-air,
6. iTunes App Store,
7. mobile me,
8. iTunes ringtones,
9. unlimited data (no metered data) plan,
10. no MMS,
11. Apple control of TV marketing,
12. Apple control over allowed retail outlets,
13. no AT&T branding on iPhone (other than tiny icon), etc
while providing no access to any of AT&T's own walled-garden stores (MediaNet, etc). Verizon, which Apple approached first, would've agreed to few, if any, of the above.
Altho Apple primarily does things for its own profit (like any business does), in the end, it was actually more sensitive to consumer's "needs" given the relative popularity of Apple's efforts over those of any carrier. In reality, Verizon is the one that is "insensitive" as they limit everything in exchange for providing a good network.