The new iPhone 4G in 2010 may not follow the same practices that past Apple iPhones followed, this includes the amount of cell carriers you can buy the device on. Business Week are reporting that the iPhone could release on “all U.S. wireless carriers” within the next 18-months.
Following on from Apple’s latest financial results that were extremely impressive, an analyst – Tim Horan at Oppenheimer & Co – believes we could see Apple double or triple the number of iPhones sold over the next 18-months, if they open the device up to all wireless carriers in the United States.
Horan said that Clearwire Corp. should get the iPhone in 2011, Sprint Nextel Corp. and Verizon Wireless in the fall 2010, and T-Mobile USA Inc. as soon as summer 2010. He believes that AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity will end around “mid-2010”.
With demand for data services growing, users who use Smartphones like Apple’s iPhone are reported to spend around 80 percent more a month. AT&T says that the third quarter saw $61.23 spent per user (average monthly revenue per user), this compares to $56 at Sprint, and $51.04 at Verizon Wireless. It makes sense why the other networks want the iPhone with these figures.
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