Last time, I argued that Verizon
But before we get to the details, let's talk about what a sacrifice it would be for Apple to ditch AT&T
So why break up with Ma Bell? Here are my three reasons.
First, the iPhone is testing the limits of AT&T's network, and the network often comes up short. Users are at least partly to blame; the iPhone is responsible for more than 50% of U.S. smartphone traffic, researcher AdMob reports. Of course AT&T is having problems; no single network is capable of handling as much data traffic as the iPhone generates. Why not share the wealth and improve the customer experience, Apple?
Second, the iPhone has more relevant competition today than it had when it was introduced. Consider Motorola's
Third, consumers may be less willing to commit to a two-year contract with anyone now that Deutsche Telekom's
Which means it's time to open up, Apple. Start talking with Verizon about a deal.
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