Trouble Brewing Over Cell Phone Exclusivity Deals

Posted: July 6, 2009
Trouble Brewing Over Cell Phone Exclusivity Deals

There could be trouble brewing for cell phone carriers like AT&T and Verizon with the Department of Justice's first investigation over their exclusivity deals. Kevin Pereira talks to CNet's Senior Writer Maggie Reardon to find out what this could mean for consumers.

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  • ctjk1982

    Its not about the carrier that's counts but how they go about it for example one person did his two year contract and wanted to go overseas but needed his iphone unlock to get the full use of the phone for overseas and at&t said no its like you did your part with them and they want to control where you use the phone how to use the phone and the way to do it. the whole point I'm trying to say is that it not what company's like at&t have to them only but how far and wide in the wrong they will go to have a vice grip on you that's the problem. company like at&t need to be more willing to work with the people for at&t in the us and oversea. what I'm trying to say is don't go disrespecting the people and telling the people to take it with a coke and a smile it will never work out never

    Posted: July 8, 2009 8:32 PM
  • shmaron

    Apple should release the iphone to one other carrier at a time. That would build hype and help create a demand.

    Posted: July 7, 2009 4:48 PM
  • tnye78

    Apple would have made a hell of a lot more by not offering an exclusive deal. Why not just let any carrier have access to it? Win/win for everyone.

    Posted: July 7, 2009 3:10 PM
  • cullenprime

    I think it would be a better business decision for Apple if they would just let other carriers have the iPhone as well. After all if it was available to all carriers wouldn't they sell a lot more iPhones than they already are?

    Posted: July 7, 2009 2:25 PM
  • tinydawg37

    Hey look, I am sooooo frustrated with these carriers as well. I applaud the DOJ for getting involved here. It's high time that these monopolizers get shaken up! It gets to be a little annoying when you see a new mobile device you are interested in buying, only to see that it is not available for your carrier. That has been happening to me A LOT! It's too bad you gotta go thru the trouble of unlocking a device just to get it to work on your carrier! I hope the DOJ does get something resolved to appease
    US, the people who are plunking down OUR money to fuel these companies!!

    Posted: July 7, 2009 7:00 AM
  • sslliimm71

    Dreamerguy is completely right. Why isnt the DOJ doing the same for Microsoft for like the Halo series.. Or say nintendo for Mario games if you will

    This is a part of business and people cant get pissy just because certain things arent available without any trouble.. Either switch or get over it.

    Posted: July 7, 2009 2:14 AM
  • Hand_Banana

    This is crap its like exclusive game titles on a PS3 or Xbox 360. What are Microsoft and Sony going to get sued for trying to bring in customers to their consoles?

    The iPhone is a phone and not the only phone that is available. Why just pick on at&t and Verizon? Don't forget the Palm Pre with Sprint.

    Posted: July 7, 2009 12:15 AM
  • mcp3

    I can care less about this thats why Iget someone to hack stuff like this.

    Posted: July 6, 2009 11:16 PM
  • Thomasu

    It wasn't that AT&T Offered more money.

    Verizon was offered the contract first and turned it down.

    Posted: July 6, 2009 8:25 PM
  • DVirus008

    i think people are jus whinning. im on verizon and ya i kinda wish that the iphone was on verizon. but ya knw this is all a business. att offered apple more money...thats what it comes down to. money and business chioces. im sorry but get over it.

    Posted: July 6, 2009 7:55 PM
  • mlwillin

    I have a Blackberry Storm but thats only because Verizon does not have the iPhone. :-(

    Posted: July 6, 2009 7:20 PM