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German iPhone Exclusivity Deal to End Soon

! Germany was a part of one of the last remaining European markets with a single iPhone carrier, but not anymore! Deutsche Telekom (DT)-owned carrier T-Mobile’s iPhone exclusivity deal with Apple is expiring very soon. And, to make matters better for those not interested in being under the shackles of one mobile carrier, there have been no talks about extending that deal either.

Those who are catching wind of all the hearsay on the matter have told the Wall Street Journal that the company’s exclusivity deal may end für echte this October–just in time for Oktoberfest! Which means plenty of beer aficionados will be able to enjoy their favorite Pilsner while chatting away on their iPhones on a carrier like Vodafone or O2.

Via All Things D

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AT&T Not Afraid Of Losing iPhone Exclusivity


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Does AT&T still see iPhone exclusivity in their crystal ball?  Well, based on some comments from their Emerging Devices head, the company plans on moving forward with their plans, with, or without iPhone exclusivity in their pocket, according to Electronista.


Emerging Devices head Glenn Lurie went to bat today, stating that AT&T would be “plugging along” without making amends to their plans, and that they would still be as successful as before.  Of course he wouldn’t own up to Bloomberg as to when AT&T’s exclusivity ceases, but as has oft been mentioned, signs are pointing to January.


On a side note, Lurie was also “bearish” about tablets such as the iPad, and thinks that the category will go both higher and lower end simultaneously.  While Apple’s iPad spread is currently between 0 and 0, Lurie is anticipating that it could go 0 on the lower end and 00 on the high end of the price spectrum within about the next five years.  At some point, the units will be “full-on computers,” he noted.


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