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FreakyLocz14
April 20th, 2010, 09:49 PM
Heck even Virgin Mobile Canada offers the iPhone. If pre-paid carriers can easily offer it outside the US why can't other postpaid carriers do it within the US?

Gary, the Magic Fairy
April 20th, 2010, 10:03 PM
Uh... contractual obligation? I'm sure they have some sort of agreement with AT&T.

Eeohnex
April 21st, 2010, 03:12 PM
I have myself an iPhone 3GS and I'm currently living in Mexico City, of course I had to buy a new SIM card for it to work which wasn't expensive at all. I bought my iPhone in California when I used to live there, now I have it as a pre-paid phone.

RaveSage
April 21st, 2010, 04:57 PM
Gary is actually correct. The iPhone is currently only available through AT&T due to a contract that ends some time this year iirc. After that point it will be spreading out to other major carriers like Sprint and Version.

John-117
April 22nd, 2010, 04:42 PM
this also bring me another question. Why almost every US phone company need to use "their" phone? I mean is I can't put a sim card on my Nokia 3110c phone for example.

Neo Pikachu
April 23rd, 2010, 05:58 AM
this also bring me another question. Why almost every US phone company need to use "their" phone? I mean is I can't put a sim card on my Nokia 3110c phone for example.

Again, these are contractual agreements between the different entities in the business supply chains. A lot of companies make a lot of money by having exclusive rights to manufacture specified parts for new innovation.

Yeah, it would be nice if every piece of hardware was universally compatible, but there's a reason why that's not the case.

daabomb101
April 24th, 2010, 11:37 PM
AT&T was the only company deep enough in its own feces willing to give in to apple's vision. it's unfortunate that only bad cell companies are willing to go with a vision, whereas the "good" ones are so set in their ways that they don't jive with apple

soley
April 26th, 2010, 03:43 AM
Really, it boils down to one thing:

Money

AT&T has something made by Apple (and a decent product, at that) fanboys are going to spend whatever they have to to get that shiny Apple logo on their phone. Once other people realize that the iPhone was an easier smartphone, and better looking than a BlackBerry, they're going to switch to the iPhone regardless if they have Verizon, T-Mobile or Sprint. So there's more money in the pockets of AT&T & Apple.

Apple has contracts with a bunch of different carriers to carry the iPhone. They know they've made a product that many people can't live without, so they know if someone wants it, they're going to shell out the cash for it.

Personally, I think the iPhone is garbage. Well, not garbage. It's good. And I like a lot of the features. I just don't like the restrictions it has. I much prefer Android to a bastardized version of OS X. But I'm a big open source snob, so I'm a little biased.