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#21 Ignoracious

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:10 PM

So, this says more about AT&T than anything else. Some people (perhaps many people) think it is the worst provider in the USA. However, it seems AT&T was the only provider willing to gamble on the iPhone. We should never forget that. Without AT&T there perhaps wouldn't have been such a buzz around the iPhone, or even an iPhone at all.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 01:42 PM

Like it was a gamble at all. Any network would have loved to have this device. They're just the ones that would cave in to apple's demands. If they hadn't caved, apple would just have gone with a less favourable deal (that wouldn't make them as much obscene profit).

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:13 PM

It seems Verizon did say no, because they didn't like what Apple proposed. And didn't Randall Stephenson (CEO AT&T) need cribs to give his presentations when the iPhone was announced at MacWorld 2007?

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 03:30 PM

Yeah, but I'm saying that apple wouldn't have scrapped the iPhone if no one would take the terms they got. They'd have to negotiate. The reason AT&T took those crappy terms was because they knew it would sell like hotcakes. I think the Verizon boss is kicking himself now after seeing how well the iPhone has done.

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Posted 11 June 2008 - 04:35 PM

It is a bit comparable to what CEO of KPN Telecom Netherlands, Ad Scheepbouwer, said about the iPhone, according to the Financial Times of February 6, 2008:

Apple's iPhone is "pretty useless" and sales in Germany have not dented new customer numbers for E-Plus, the German mobile unit of KPN, said Ad Scheepbouwer, chief executive of the Dutch telecoms company.

However, speaking after KPN reported fourth-quarter results in line with expectations and an upbeat outlook, Mr Scheepbouwer also said KPN would be interested in selling the iPhone in the Netherlands, where it has yet to be launched.

I'm not at all surprised that Apple didn't talk with KPN, but, instead with T-Mobile. I'm sure Steve Jobs doesn't like that kind of attitude one little bit of his potential partners. Because KPN is the biggest provider in the Netherlands, they tend to be a bit cocky. Mr Scheepbouwer is going to be very sorry he publicly stated that the iPhone is pretty useless, when he sees the sales figures of the iPhone 3G.

Telecom providers are just so arrogant. :angry:




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