For those of you who were waiting for the iPhone to break it’s exclusivity with AT&T, it looks like you will have to sadly wait until 2011 at the earliest.

When Apple initially released the popular phone, they did so with an exclusive contract with Cingular, who was then purchased by AT&T.  The initial agreement gave Apple a percentage of each contract for the device, but the new deal reportedly gives them a $300 subsidy of each phone sold.  This new deal was struck to keep the phone locked in with AT&T for an additional year.

While this will do wonders for AT&T, we hear at StarterTech feel it hurts Apple in the long run.  There are people, such as all of our staff, who have no desire to enter in to a contract with AT&T due to previous bad experiences with the company.  If Apple was to open the device to all carriers, their current sales would pale in comparison to be locked into one so-so carrier.

Two of us now carry BlackBerry smartphones (I carry an 8830, and Rosemary has a Curve), and we both highly recommend them.  They may not be quite as “sexy” as the iPhone, but they do their job, and they do it well.  We certainly don’t want to say people make a poor choice by getting an iPhone, but we certainly feel Apple has.

Categories: Mobile Computing, Opinion   

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