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    AT&T expected to keep iPhone for 2010

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    Here is a small but more informative response to AT&T releasing the iPhone rights.

    AT&T expected to keep iPhone for 2010, analyst says

    Verizon downgraded by Credit Suisse on lower chance for iPhone this year



    By Dan Gallagher, MarketWatch
    SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Despite widespread rumors that AT&T Inc. is going to lose its exclusive access to the popular iPhone this year, Credit Suisse believes the wireless giant is likely to keep the device until sometime next year, making business more challenging for arch-rival Verizon Wireless.
    In a report Thursday morning, a team of wireless analysts at the brokerage downgraded Verizon Communications Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!vz/quotes/nls/vz (VZ 28.66, -0.53, -1.81%) to a neutral rating -- citing its own analysis that suggests the iPhone will remain exclusive to AT&T this year.
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    The broker also believes a delay for expanding the iPhone's carrier footprint will be a positive for other wireless device makers, including Research In Motion Ltd. /quotes/comstock/15*!rimm/quotes/nls/rimm (RIMM 66.21, -1.65, -2.43%) , Motorola Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!mot/quotes/nls/mot (MOT 6.37, -0.32, -4.78%) and Palm Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!palm/quotes/nls/palm (PALM 10.35, -0.54, -4.96%) , all of which currently sell devices via Verizon.
    "We believe there is a 75% probability that AT&T keeps exclusivity in 2010," the brokerage said in its report Thursday.
    Shares of all companies mentioned in the report were down by midday Thursday, given the broad market sell-off. Apple was down 3% to $193.20, while Verizon was down 1.2% to $28.82 and AT&T was down 1.1% to $25.29. Motorola, Palm and RIM were all down more than 2%.
    Neither Apple /quotes/comstock/15*!aapl/quotes/nls/aapl (AAPL 193.24, -5.99, -3.01%) nor AT&T /quotes/comstock/13*!t/quotes/nls/t (T 25.18, -0.40, -1.56%) has ever said when their exclusivity pact for the iPhone will end. The Credit Suisse analysts put it at a 50-50 chance that the deal will expire sometime this year.

    However, they also believe that AT&T would likely try to extend the pact for an extra year -- given how much subscriber growth has come from the device. Credit Suisse believes the carrier "can afford to compensate Apple, such that Apple would be economically indifferent" to having the device stay at the carrier compared with expanding its presence.
    "While the move to nonexclusivity is a matter of 'when' not 'if,' it makes a big difference to all of the participants if it happens in 2010 or 2011," the brokerage wrote in its report.
    Keeping the iPhone for another year would give AT&T the time to improve its networks, which are considered by many to be inferior to Verizon's.
    But Apple is still expected to expand the reach of the iPhone at some point in the future. Credit Suisse believes the company will eventually produce a CDMA version of the device that will work on Verizon and the network owned by Sprint Nextel Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!s/quotes/nls/s (S 3.44, -0.16, -4.36%) The current version of the device is only compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile's network in the United States.
    The implications for other wireless device makers are mixed. For RIM, which sells the popular BlackBerry line of smartphones, Credit Suisse believes the market has "overstated" the potential impact of the iPhone moving to another carrier, given that the company has many international growth opportunities that can offset any loss.
    Motorola and Palm are two companies that have been in turnaround mode, and recently have launched devices available through Verizon. Motorola launched the popular Droid smartphone late last year, and Palm recently expanded its Pre and Pixi devices from Sprint last month.
    Credit Suisse believes both companies will benefit from a delay of moving the iPhone to Verizon, as it will give their own devices more time to grow market share.



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    Awe! Better luck next time VZW. Well, time to use my upgrade when the new one comes out
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    Yeah as soon as they announced the iPad with the AT&T plans I had a good feeling the iPhone wasnt going away quite yet.
    Plus those verizon ads they run about the iPhone to me would detract Apple from them IMHO.
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    I think Mr. AT&T has pictures of Mr. Apple in the woods with farm animals or sum thing.

    It makes no sense to only use 1 carrier. Just my Friday evening $0.02


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    Quote Originally Posted by srl7741 View Post
    I think Mr. AT&T has pictures of Mr. Apple in the woods with farm animals or sum thing.

    It makes no sense to only use 1 carrier. Just my Friday evening $0.02

    This is too funny, but this is why I switched to iPhone, Rim wasnt cutting loose of Storm for AT&T.

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    I dont blame RIM.. I wouldnt want my Touchscreen product on the same shelf as the iphone.

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    Thanks for fighting for our interest AT&T. I take all the bad things I ever said about you. Well, maybe not everything. I'm still mad at you for not carrying the storm and carrying those cheap LG garbage like phones
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