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Could Apple (AAPL) turn into an iCarrier? Mobile industry adviser Whitey Bluestein thinks it's...

Could Apple (AAPL) turn into an iCarrier? Mobile industry adviser Whitey Bluestein thinks it's possible, arguing Apple has the distribution channels, content, and customer loyalty to pull it off, and has obtained patents that cover mobile network architectures. But those giant iPhone subsidies Apple's carrier partners are paying could get in the way. There's also the fact that being a U.S. iPhone carrier hasn't been very profitable lately.
Comments (11)
  • That would be the dumbest thing AAPL could do as long as the carriers sub the sets!
    1 May 2012, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • Second this.
    1 May 2012, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • But that would change of coarse when the subsidies end.....
    3 May 2012, 09:31 AM Reply Like
  • Steve Jobs considered building their own network before he died. Because, the current networks significantly limit the true performance of an iPhone or iPad over a data network. Don't think it is out of the question for Apple or Google (or Microsoft) to consider (or actually) build their own networks. Or buy a RIMM that has an existing network. Technology always improves and the same goes for networks. Starting new (and bypassing existing legacy network infrastructure) could have some advantages moving forward.
    1 May 2012, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • They are making a lot of mistakes with their long-time users and fans since the first Apple in 1976.


    Apple is ending our email addresses for a narcissistic, and we MUST move to Lion and/or iO5 for their iCloud. Means a new Mac and a new iPhone and I don't like it. They have enough money in the bank to support us long-time users with older boxes/OSs as well as the early adopters.


    I am so NOT moving, except to Google and Android. I don't like being bullied like Microsoft always has done to update, update, update until you have to buy a whole new box and everything. That's why I WAS a long time Apple fan. I could move to a new box when I really wanted to or needed to, not because they forced me to their stupid iCloud right NOW, since they're canceling my email address unless I do! So long greedy suckers!


    My iPhone 3G AT&T contract is up and I'm ready to flee from Apple to Google and Android..
    1 May 2012, 12:26 PM Reply Like
  • Straight from the horses mouth muppets.


    iPissed coming to a comment section near you. :))))
    1 May 2012, 12:40 PM Reply Like
  • Amazing news today! After a few of my tweets and posts on various sites about this problem with Apple cutting off users email if we don't move up to Lion and/or iO5, I received an email that they decided to let users with older boxes and iPhones keep our email accounts and they'll be on the same iCloud that we were supposed to be locked out of. Wonder what came over them? ;)
    3 May 2012, 01:12 AM Reply Like
  • Your comment is liked heavily so I don't know if I should open my mouth. This is just for clarification- you have e-mail service through Apple and Apple is forcing new service? Reminds me of COMCAST, when they started Xfinity, I saw the bill go higher, and when I reported that my land line does not work Verizon came and without my knowledge converted all my services ( landline, internet ) to FIOS and when I called them and reported that I did not order FIOS , they rescinded the higher rates. I am sorry about your experience with Apple but I take latitude to suggest that we should always communicate with each other ( don't jump into fire from frying pan ).
    3 May 2012, 12:01 PM Reply Like
  • Apple wrote me to say my email account would be ended unless I bought a new box with Lion OS (I have OS10.4.11 and Snow Leopard on 2 older Macs) and a new iPhone 4 (I have iPhone3), so they could all be up in Apple's iCloud with my email.


    I'd already started changing my auto-notices and notifying people I would NOT have anymore, back to my old email address since 1993. is a branding/marketing wonder, why change it to like Microsoft. Who's running that Apple place now?! Goofy.


    Companies that forget that their long time loyal customer base (probably older) and less interested in getting the latest iPhone and Tiger OS ASAP, are who got them to where the are now. Support your loyal base of long time Apple customers first, then move everyone else into the latest, greatest craze. What were they thinking? I used to be an Apple developer in the 80's-90's for software before the crash.


    Guess someone in corp. read a few complaints/tweets about this issue and said, "Uh, oh... Guess we better rethink trying to make more money off our loyal base customers who're not quite ready to move up yet."


    Duh... Thankfully, they finally realized the problem before our email was ended. Netflix took a big dive when they made a stupid mistake trying to jack up their customers.
    4 May 2012, 11:30 AM Reply Like
  • Whitey is very smart. Reality is that possibility is a reason that the carriers play nice with Apple, as they will either be their lunch (acquisition) or competitor, Who really wants to be a cell carrier without an iPhone offering?
    1 May 2012, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • Probably buying a "tower" company may not be that bad an idea...
    2 May 2012, 11:29 AM Reply Like
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