AT&T is trying to do anything they can to keep their iPhone customers now that the Verizon iPhone is available nationwide. Last week, they sent out a 20% off coupon for accessories, then they announced unlimited voice minutes to any mobile number, and now they are offering 1000 free rollover minutes. All you have to do is send a text message to the number 11113020 with the word "Yes" as your message. You'll get a response confirming the extra 1000 minutes, and letting you know that it may take up to 4 weeks for processing. Yeah, that last part didn't make much sense to us, either.
Gotta love those analysts, as they’re always good for stirring the rumor mill - this time it’s BusinessWeek reporting claims that Apple will likely be ending it’s exclusive relationship with AT&T in order to bring the iPhone to all major US carriers. According to Tim Horan, telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co., T-Mobile USA should have the iPhone available this summer (whatever the follow-up to the iPhone 3GS turns out to be,) with Verizon and Sprint getting the goods this fall. Even Clearwire will be able to get in on the action, as they are expected to get the iPhone sometime in 2011. Of course, AT&T has been the exclusive carrier of the iPhone since it launched in June 2007.
Of course, Apple has the perfect opportunity to announce changes like this if they’d like, as they’ve got what many are predicting to be a colossal Apple event on January 27th, just two days from now. We’ll keep you posted.
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