A Better AT&T Without the iPhone?
With rumors that Apple may announce the end of its iPhone exclusive on US carrier AT&T on Wednesday along with an exciting new product, there may be hope after all for beleaguered customers on Ma Bell. The carrier has been under increasing pressure and is the cause of dissatisfaction among users for having a congested network, poor coverage, and dropped calls–all of these have been heightened and intensified with the heavy data users and the influx of traffic caused by users who have switched to AT&T for the iPhone. Industry analysts are speculating that there may be a CDMA iPhone iteration for Verizon and a GSM T-Mobile compatible version for the nation’s fourth largest carrier during the year.
Any carrier announcement would happen at the soonest on Wednesday, a day when many are expecting Apple to further its reach into the mobile computing arena with a consumer-oriented tablet that may run the iPhone operating system rather than the full blown OS. Apple had posted record sales numbers and during its earnings call, Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook had dodged any carrier questions as it relates to AT&T and the iPhone: “First of all, AT&T is a great partner. We’ve been working with them since well before we announced the first iPhone. It’s important to note they have more mobile broadband usage than any carrier in the world.”
With more carrier availability, the iPhone may reach new market share records in the US. More importantly, with current iPhone users possibly leaving AT&T due to poor coverage, those that remain on the carrier may experience better call and data quality. With the end of iPhone exclusivity on AT&T, a possible exodus of disgruntled users, and more choices for consumers, my world will certainly be delivered and there may not even be a need for a map for that.