∞ Analyst: Apple will move to multiple iPhone carriers next year

Consumers in the U.S. may get their wish and see the iPhone available on a number of wireless carriers, if one analyst’s prediction holds true. iPhone 3GSGene Munster, senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, believes that Apple will transition to the multiple carrier model within the next year. This is most likely next summer, a time when Apple typically introduces new models of the iPhone.

The multiple carrier scenario is not new for Apple. In France, for example, the company moved from an exclusive arrangement with Orange to a multi-carrier deal. According to Munster, this lead to greater success for the iPhone in that country.

According to his numbers, Munster says that Apple has market share in the 40 percent range in France, while it is only in the mid-teens in the U.S. where the iPhone is locked to AT&T’s network.

The carrier most rumored to take on the iPhone next year is Verizon, as it transitions to a new 4G network infrastructure. It’s 4G network would be compatible with the current 3G technology, making the transition relatively easy for Apple.

  • That would be a superb move, and IMO it’s high time. Apple needed AT&T to get the iPhone into the marketplace but that time has passed and the exclusive arrangement is just holding them back at this point.

    Now if Apple would just go to multiple carriers here in Canada…

  • Sweet! As soon as my contract is up, it’s See Ya Suckers! I could be called the sucka for being with att in the first place. The things I do for my iPhone…

  • Jim

    Senior Analysts say a lot of things… many of which never happen. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    The more interesting thing if it does happen is: will Verizon be locked into the same pricing as AT&T by Apple (so as to keep a level playing field)? If so, it probably won’t go over as well as an all-out pricing war between the two carriers – which would ultimately be won by Verizon (based on coverage alone).

    I want a lower monthly fee though. Give me a lower monthly fee and I’ll lock in for three or four years instead of two. Lower that monthly cost by $15+ and you’ll probably be knocking on a 30% market share (smart phones) within a year — and it’ll keep growing.

  • Joel, Minneapolis, MN

    I was denied on the upgrade to the 3GS because of the lame upgrade criteria. Now I’m thinking it was a blessing! I can’t wait to take my whole family (5 phones) off of ATT.

    ATT you screwed me now you’re going to lose a bunch of us.

  • Gino

    You need to have an A+ credit to obtain a I Phone, I just wait and stick with Verizon

    • matt

      nope i work at a att dealer you can get an iphone even if your a dumpster diver…

      • naruto

        why the high deposit, i was going to get one until they said i had to pay $500 deposit so i walk off and told them to shove it

  • tony

    would this happen world wide,