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Why Are People Angry That The iPhone Is AT&T-Only?

by Sean P. Aune | July 8, 2010July 8, 2010 8:00 am PDT

Why is it that people are so excited about the idea of the iPhone coming to Verizon?  It seems we can’t go more than two weeks without a rumor popping up about it happening, and even though the latest round seems the most credible yet, why is this something that gets people so blasted excited?

Simple, there’s a whole lot of reasons to hate AT&T. This is not saying that Verizon is some be all, end all superior company to AT&T, but its biggest positive is that, well, it’s not AT&T.

iphone verizonThere is something a lot of people seem to forget, and that was AT&T was actually an also-ran cell company back in 2007 when the iPhone was coming out. Apple had made an exclusive deal with Cingular, and then suddenly AT&T purchased the company and the contract was transferred to them.  AT&T wasn’t part of the original plan, but it was a quick way for the carrier to catapult itself into the big leagues of cellular carriers.  (just to be clear, we’re only talking cellular here, we know full well AT&T was a huge landline company)

So all that aside, the iPhone landed with AT&T and the dreams of it coming to Verizon began.  It wasn’t just because Verizon was the biggest carrier, but also because people did like AT&T billing, they didn’t like the coverage, they didn’t like the customer service or they simply had disliked the company for a long time.

Personally I belong to the last category.  AT&T and I had had go arounds for many years over phone bills, and considering what my family spent with them in a year, it was insane how we were treated.  Once we left the company we all swore to never deal with them again.  So imagine my chagrin when the most desired gadget in years landed there, and as a gadget fanatic I couldn’t bring myself to ever go back to that company.  Oh well.

So there are numerous factors that lead people to hate the phone being exclusive to AT&T, and it always makes you wonder why Apple has held on to this deal for so long.  Consumers have spoken out rather vocally that they will not adopt the iPhone until it is no longer exclusive with AT&T, and with sentiments such as that, it seems that adopting more than one carrier has nothing but positives in it for Apple.  Honestly, that’s made me angrier at Apple than it has at AT&T, but what do I know?

What say you?  What annoys you about the fact the iPhone is still exclusive to AT&T?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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