This is one of those rumors we can’t help but hope is true. AppleInsider is reporting that Gene Munster, senior research analyst with Piper Jaffray, is predicting Apple will add a second US carrier for the iPhone next summer. It is not a new rumor, but with the FCC stepping in on the Google Voice issue and word that Apple will NEED to add an additional carrier if they want to maintain the kind of growth they have seen; this has a new ring to it.
This would be a great thing for everyone using an iPhone, even those who would remain with AT&T. Why? Two reasons. First it would give more visibility to the business practices Apple is using while decreasing Apple’s ability to make special side-deals that ultimately cripple the device and undermine end-users. Second, competition. AT&T stinks. Right now, however, they don’t really need to woo anyone to come to them or two stay- the iPhone does that all by itself. With the iPhone on an additional carrier AT&T is going to have to work a bit harder and be a bit less arrogant than they currently are. Competition is good for consumers and right now there isn’t any.
Oh, and it would also let us happily tell AT&T to kiss-off if we wanted to. After all, as the post put it…
While customers have been extremely satisfied with Apple’s phone and have embraced it, many U.S. customers have been disappointed with the AT&T network.