Earlier this week, AT&T increased its early termination fees from $175 to $325 for existing customers, supposedly in a move that would keep current customers from leaving for other mobile carriers--specifically Verizon.
With only a few days until we get the iPad in our hands, we start getting giddy about our coverage of the device. Plus we discuss who's getting an iPad now, who's waiting until 3G, and who's holding out until the second generation and why.
New iPhone rumors fly about the Internet with very little to back them up other than speculation heaped upon speculation.
Plus, we answer your hard-hitting Twitter and Facebook questions!
Okay, they weren't that hard-hitting.
It's what so many people out there are waiting and praying and hoping
desperately for: that soon, perhaps very soon, Apple will break its pact
of exclusivity with its mobile carrier, AT&T.
With speculation running rampant about what will or will not happen at
the upcoming January 27 Yerba Buena Center event, this is one issue,
tablet or no tablet, people will be waiting anxiously to see addressed.
If an analyst from Canaccord Adams is to be believed, next Wednesday Apple CEO Steve Jobs will not only unveil the fabled tablet, but cap it off with “two more things” -- one of which is an announcement that Verizon is getting the iPhone in June.
In a rare move, AT&T has posted an official response to
Verizon’s ads on their website. The ads show U.S. maps covered in red for
Verizon’s coverage, and another with scattered spots of blue for AT&T’s
The possibility that Apple might at
long last break its exclusivity with AT&T has been a dream ever
since the iPhone launched. The carrier has developed its own particular
brand of fail with service limitations (MMS, tethering), app
heavy-handedness (reputedly being behind Google Voice getting yanked)
and dropped call records broken daily.
Yet publicly both Apple
and AT&T have denied any rumors of a split and Cupertino even gave
the carrier a one year extension. Rumors continued to proliferate that
Apple was ready to jump ship for Verizon or at least to open up the
handset to other carriers. If new leaks are to be believed, there might
be some truth in this.
AT&T is suing Verizon over its "There's a map for That" ad campaign, but that hasn't stopped Verizon from using the same Verizon vs. AT&T image map of 3G coverage in the U.S. in new holiday advertising.