With the news that AT&T and T-Mobile might be joining forces, the Verizon iPhone 5 faces more competition. Big Red thought that they had stung a huge blow to AT&T when they were able to offer their customers Apple’s smartphone earlier this year, but this latest buyout has now blown the doors wide open.
One of the main reasons why consumers were happy with the Verizon iPhone was because they were less likely to experience dropped calls. There have been rumors that the 5th-generation iPhone will be a no-show at WWDC 2011 because they are working on an LTE version. We cannot say for certain if there is any truth in this, but when it does launch, things will be much tougher for Verizon if the merger goes ahead.
AppleInsider says this because of what AT&T’s Randall Stephenson recently said. He believes that if they were to get together with T-Mobile then calls would not only be cheaper, but there will also be an increase in quality — something that AT&T customers have been waiting for. Stephenson went on to say that they will “maintain intense competition.”
If you watch the video that we have embedded for you below, you will know that T-Mobile’s public spectrum is underutilized, and it is AT&T that will be able to utilize it. The end result would mean a capacity improvement for a number of cities by as much as 30 percent.
We already know that Sprint is not happy with this proposed merger, but we have yet to wait and see what Big Red has to say on the matter. On another note, talking about all the rumors of the so-called delayed iPhone 5 (cannot be delayed if there has been no official announcement) we can remember that Apple did not make any announcement of the iPhone 4 before WWDC 2011. We just thought we would offer you that as food for thought.
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