Will Apple dictate iPhone 5 to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T?

By Peter Chubb - Mar 24, 2011

We can remember a few years back when Sony came up with the slogan “ Do not underestimate the power of the PlayStation”, well it seems as though this also applies to the iPhone. Never before has a handset demanded so much attention, and there are rumors that the iPhone 5 could dictate certain standards to Verizon, Sprint and AT&T.

Apple has never been one to back down, this was evident back in 2007 when they refused to agree to the terms that Big Red wanted to set, which is why they went with AT&T instead. However, with Verizon now on board, it is only a matter of time before Sprint gets the iPhone, as T-Mobile is now part of AT&T so they do not count anymore.

Apple now only has to mold three carriers, but what will they try to persuade them to do? Well the first would be “Nirvana”, which means that Apple would want to make their iPhone compatible with all carriers, something that has been hard to do in the past, but Apple could be just the company to make this happen – only because of the might of the iPhone.

The likes of Sprint would be stupid not to agree to what Apple wants, as they will be the only carrier without the iPhone 5, which is not something that they would want in 2011. Knowing that they might be the only one not to offer the iPhone 5 to their customers might not go down too well.

These carriers hate to be told what to do, but times are changing and there has never been a handset like the iPhone that holds so much power in the industry. Will Apple be able to dictate what it wants with the iPhone 5 to Verizon, Sprint, and AT&T?

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