You read it right folks, five years. That’s how long AT&T has an exclusive on Apple’s soon-to-be-released iPhone. USA Today is reporting that AT&T and Apple have together signed a 5-year carrier exclusitivity deal that will prevent Apple from providing the iPhone on other GSM networks such as nationwide carrier T-Mobile and also preventing them from making a CDMA version of the phone for carriers like Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel.

This news comes from the details of Apple going to Verizon first and offering them the opportunity to put the iPhone on their network. To many peoples’ sadness, they denied the chance, saying that Apple demanded too much control over their product.

Many people have been wondering what Verizon’s response to the iPhone will be. As of right now, nobody has any idea that they are willing to publish on the internet at least. When asked by USA Today whether he thinks he made the right choice, Denny Strigl, Verizon’s chief operating officer, said that only “Time will tell.”

According to the article, Verizon is reportedly in the works of developing an “iPhone killer.” “We do have a very good response in the mill,” Strigl says. “You’ll see that from us in the late summer.” Late summer could means a number of months in the cell phone industry, ranging from July all the way to September. It seems like Verizon Wireless customers will have to wait a while past the iPhone’s June release to get something that directly competes with it. Until then, consumers are stuck with carrying either a separate cell phone and an iPod or a cell phone that doubles as an MP3 player.

USA Today Article

Zach Flauaus has his own blog at MacFlauaus.com

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