FCC calls Verizon’s logic for increased termination fees "troubling," says inquiry will continue


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission launched an inquiry into Verizon Wireless’ early termination fee for “advanced devices,” which was increased to 0 in November.

Verizon responded to the inquiry last Friday, with a letter that cited various ways that “advanced devices” –essentially anything that we’d call a “smartphone” today– are more costly for the network to offer. According to the company, any time a customer cancels his contract, Verizon Wireless still collects less than it’s losing.

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December 24, 2009

Dear AT&T: Don’t let Apple make you look bad any more


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

ISuppli knows what’s going on with Apple and AT&T. Based upon its analysis of wireless technology deployments, the market research firm predicted today that Apple will keep its exclusive iPhone deal with AT&T when re-negotiation time comes around next June.

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September 12, 2009

Apple/iPhone Will Stick with AT&T Due to High HSPA, Says iSuppli

iSuppli Corp. believes that Apple Inc. will extend its exclusive iPhone service deal with AT&T, based on an analysis of wireless technology deployment. They however caution that it may not be the boon for AT&T that it appears to be, because AT&T’s image has been tarnished by network troubles due to huge iPhone data usage.

“Speculation is rife that Apple will end its exclusive U.S. iPhone service deal with AT&T when the current contract expires in June 2010 and begin to offer phones that work with the Verizon network,” said Francis Sideco, principal analyst, wireless communications, for iSuppli.

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September 11, 2009