AT&T is under heavy scrutiny lately and every single one of their moves is now seen as a hint toward a Verizon CDMA iPhone. Yet, we might have been looking the wrong way. Apparently, Apple might put an end to AT&T’s exclusivity deal this summer by launching the iPhone on Sprint. Be warned that this rumor isn’t based on much, even for Apple rumor standards. It is however getting quite some buzz today so you might still want to hear about it.
All there is to it actually, is an email exchange between an alleged BestBuy employee and the “Tech update”. See for yourself:
Hello, I was writing to comment on your article about the iPhone going to other carriers. I work in an electronics store that has a mobile phone store within it. I can confirm that Sprint will be carrying the iPhone beginning in June. They’ve begun to grease the wheels for advertising. There is no news in regards to a Verizon version however. Several online articles have mentioned that Verizon has been manufacturing their own version in Taiwan which was to be released late this year, but our store has not been notified as of yet. In regards to why it is moving to another carrier, our mobile manager speculates that Apple wanted to drop AT&T due to their poor service but managed to opt-out of the rest of their contract in exchange for the iPad service deal. There is one article online showing court documents from when either AT&T or Apple was sued by someone. Presented as part of the evidence was a portion of the contract Apple signed, it was a 5-year agreement signed in 2007. This is the contract we feel they negotiated out of.
Thank you for your time!
Can you present any evidence? What Electronic store do you work in, where is it? US?
Facing always more competition, Apple could indeed use some Sprint or Verizon iPhone love. Nevertheless, we still don’t have one tangible proof of such a plan for the time being, so don’t get your hopes too high.