Report Claims Apple’s Relationship With AT&T Has Deteriorated Into A Loveless Celebrity Marriage

, one of the earliest instances where the Apple -AT&T relationship fell flat was with Cupertino's use of Infineon as the supplier for cellular communication hardware. Vogelstein points out that Infineon's technology is better suited to the European market where cellular towers are located closer to one another. AT&T is learned to have insisted on working with Apple to make the hardware from Infineon work better on their network. Apple is reported to have declined the request saying, ”
No, you resolve them. They're not our problem. They're your problem.
The report further states that officials from AT&T visited Apple several times to persuade the company to make a trade-off between user experience and call quality. However, Apple officials are revealed to have firmly stood their ground on these requests. Vogelstein notes:
“It(Apple ) wasn’t interested in cooperating, especially if it meant hobbling what had quickly become its marquee product. For Apple , the idea of restricting the iPhone was akin to asking Steve Jobs to ditch the black turtleneck. “They tried to have that conversation with us a number of times,” says someone from Apple who was in the meetings. “We consistently said ‘No, we are not going to mess up the consumer experience on the iPhone to make your network tenable.’ They’d always end up saying, ‘We’re going to have to escalate this to senior AT&T executives,’ and we always said, ‘Fine, we’ll escalate it to Steve and see who wins.’ I think history has demonstrated how that turned out.”
. The report points out that Apple engineers made several visits to the Qualcomm headquarters to study a possible switch to Verizon's network. Vogelstein writes:
Apple also heavily considered switching to Verizon numerous times. Around the end of 2007, at Jobs' behest, Apple engineers (including Scott Forstall) visited the headquarters of Qualcomm – the primary supplier of the chips in Verizon's phones. It concluded that switching to Verizon would be too complicated and expensive because the chips were different sizes and would necessitate rebuilding the iPhone from scratch. Apple also wasn't convinced that Verizon's network would fare much better and let's not forget the nasty lawsuit that voiding its exclusive pact with AT&T would invite.”
The article notes that the extremely high cost of transition to the Verizon network has been a primary reason behind Apple 's decision to stick with the AT&T network thus far. However, the company has continued to work with Qualcomm on alternate solutions.
that will enable the iPhone to run on both CDMA and UMTS networks are indeed true.
that is expected to become available by next year. AT&T too has hinted at an imminent end to carrier exclusivity by announcing
for many of their customers for iPhone 4. We believe that recent speculations that Apple would offer its iPhone on Verizon's network early next year may turn out to be true.
What do you think? Would you switch to Verizon or prefer to stick with AT&T?

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