You have to give Apple credit for sticking by underperforming partners. Let’s see what AT&T has done for iPhone customers so far.
– Remove text messages from the basic voice+data plan
– Be incredibly late to provide MMS (multimedia messaging service)
– Make the process of using AT&T WiFi hotspots in Starbucks incredibly difficult for many months
– Unable to provide a 3G tethering option
And, of course, there’s the infamous Verizon vs. AT&T 3G coverage debate. Despite this all, Bloomberg reports that…
There’s lots of speculation that Apple will announce on Wednesday that the iPhone will be available from Verizon later this year. And, there even a rumor that the iPhone will be available from any carrier. Either development would reduce AT&T’s difficult to manage 3G data usage growth since the iPhone 3G became available in the summer of 2008. Yes, that’s right, AT&T 3G data growth problems are less than 2 years old. The original iPhone introduced in 2007 uses the slower EDGE network.