We have all heard the rumors and alligations as to why Apple would, should, could, or will be leaving AT&T in the dust for other carriers like Verizon, but none that have actually been based on much more than speculation.
This recent rumor is purely based on statistics and reports that were recently filed by iSuppli Corp. Their report predicts that Apple could infact renew their contract with AT&T due to the rise in HSPA usage after AT&T changes their network. It goes on to say that HSPA subscribers are projected to hit 1.4 billion in 2012, while competing standard EVDO, used by Verizon, will have only 304.6 million users by 2013.
“Speculation is rife that Apple will end its exclusive U.S. iPhone service deal with AT&T when the current contract expires in June 2010 and begin to offer phones that work with the Verizon network,” said Francis Sideco, principal analyst, wireless communications. “However, iSuppli doesn’t believe this will be the case.”
Regardless of wether or not future customers will continue to flock to AT&T’s doors is irrelevant, because at this point AT&T is struggling to keep the customers they have. When the new contract rolls around, and even moreso once they beef up their network, it will be time for current customers to think about switching providers versus staying with their iPhone and AT&T’s horrible service. This could easily be a breaking point for AT&T considering how many people have experienced outages, dropped calls, and slow browser speeds. Not to mention that everytime anyone turns around AT&T is not delivering on a promise. It took 3 years and 3 iPhone versions before the “smartest smartphone” gained the capability to send/recieve MMS, and who knows if that will change the closer we get to September 25th.
“Facing dropped calls, service interruptions and slow download speeds, iPhone users in certain markets are blaming AT&T,” said Jagdish Rebello, director and principal analyst. “iPhone users are overloading AT&T’s network with data traffic generated by the download and usage of apps. However, the real problem is that AT&T has not found a way to monetize data traffic generated by the iPhone.”