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AT&T CFO: “Exclusive Arrangements End”

by Sean P. Aune | December 9, 2010December 9, 2010 8:00 am PDT

The rumors of the iPhone coming to Verizon have been endless ever since the handset launched in 2007. While they have surfaced time and time again, the latest round has seemed to be the most reliable that this is really going to happen at long last. In case you still had any doubts, however, it seems that AT&T is well on its way to laying the ground work for a future that does not include them being the lone carrier for Apple’s popular handset in the United States.

AT&TAccording to Electronista, AT&T CFO (Chief Financial Officer) Richard Lindner was speaking at the  UBS Media and Communications Conference on Tuesday and sent the clearest signal yet that the iPhone will be moving to a non-exclusive status in the United States by simply saying, “Exclusive arrangements end.”

While he didn’t spell it out, Mr. Lindner went on to talk about the line-up of other handsets on the carrier, but that did nothing but make it that much clearer that the rumors are probably dead on this time around.  It still isn’t clear if Verizon is the only carrier getting the phone, but it sure seems it will be that way.

Again, nothing is confirmed, but it sure seems like the evidence is adding up that the iPhone will finally be coming to Verizon.  The only thing that concerns me at this point is the fact we keep hearing “early 2011”.  Slightly later than mid-life cycle for the iPhone 4?  Curious.

What say you?  Are you convinced yet that the iPhone is coming to Verizon?


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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