Prediction: iPhone Exclusivity Over This Summer
Some subscribers on another network other than AT&T is gonna get pretty lucky this summer. I'm going to call it. The exclusivity that AT&T enjoyed over the last three years is over and done with. Soon, we will no longer have to go to AT&T for the iPhone.
How did I come to this conclusion?
It's always been my suspicion that Apple secured an exclusive deal with AT&T to have unlimited Internet access for the iPhone For whatever reason, AT&T's network not coming through as expected as a breach of contract or something else, Apple is expanding the iPhone to one or more other networks.
It also means that new iPhone users will no longer be able to get unlimited data plan. Hence, AT&T used this opportunity to come out with brand new data plans that ration data usage. ($15 for 200MB, $25 for 2GB - seriously, 2GB?!)
What will be interesting to see is what kind of data plans will be offered by the other users. I think if Verizon Wireless is the provider, I'm guess we're going to see something similar to what AT&T's data plans are like. VW has always towed the "party-line", if you will, about data use and rationing. Don't expect them to outshine AT&T in this respect.
If it's Sprint and T-Mobile that will get the iPhone, I think they might be more liberal and generous with their plans. Personally, I am rooting for T-Mobile and/or Sprint. And so should you.
Note: Many folks are noting that after Apple advertised the exclusive unlimited data on the iPad, AT&T is now change that. Some are calling it an invitation for lawsuits. I'm not an attorney but at the very least, I think it's wrong. Maybe it is false advertising on the part of Apple and AT&T.