Apple Exclusivity In U.S. To End Soon?

Posted: Aug 31 2009, 11:20am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 4:02pm CDT, in News | Apple


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The official answer to that question is a rousing, 'maybe'. That said, AppleInsider reports that Gene Munster, famed (and sometimes accurate) Apple analyst, predicts the company will make their iPhone available on non-AT&T carriers within a year. To be honest, that's probably the easiest prediction of Munster's career. Customers have had quite a few issues with AT&T, and Apple's exclusivity with them ends in 2010.

ATT is reportedly trying to get Apple to sign on with them until 2011, but there aren't very many compelling reasons for Cupertino to comply. They have the hottest single product in the industry, and adding on more carriers will just allow them to increase their holdings in the market. Staying exclusive to AT&T, on the other hand, has very few benefits.

Munster also predicted a few changes to the way iTunes handles video. He thinks they will try to start offering a monthly subscription for TV shows on iTunes for $30/$40 per month. This subscription would offer unlimited access to network and cable content, and act as a replacement cable bill for many users. Munster expects this new service to be released alongside a revamp of Apple TV, sometime within the next year.

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