The blogoshpere…particularly tech heads and church planters…has been all ga-ga over the new Apple iPhone. I personally can’t see what all the fuss is about since no one has actually used the thing…so the jury is still out over whether it’s good…or a piece of crap. Anyway…if you are one of the people that wants an iPhone you will have to have AT&T wireless service…at least for five years.
USA Today and Engadget are reporting that Apple inked a deal with AT&T Wireless to handle the iPhone exclusively in the United States for five…count them…five years. That means that T-Mobile, Verizon, NexTel, Sprint, Alltel, etc. customers will not have access to the iPhone until almost 2013. It is also reported that there is no way to unlock the phones…even if hackers could…the deal prevents Apple from developing a CDMA version for the five year contract…thus rendering unlocked iPhone useless on networks other than AT&T (which uses GSM).
If you are not a AT&T Wireless customer…sucks to be you. If you are an AT&T Wireless stockholder…Christmas is going to be nice this year!