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Reports: iTunes phone coming, deal with Cingular struck

The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has reached an agreement with Cingular to offer the first iTunes-compatible Motorola mobile phone. In addition, the paper said that Apple is on the verge of releasing new flash memory-based iPod minis.

The announcements could “come as soon as next week,” meaning they’ll likely be shown at Apple’s special event scheduled for September 7 in San Francisco.

Meanwhile, the New York Times has filed a similar report citing a telecommunications industry analyst that also claims Apple and Motorola will unveil the first iTunes phone next week. Ovum analyst Roger Entner said he had been told by an industry executive that the new phone would be marketed by Cingular Wireless.

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First, we have an oligopoly with mobile phone service, and then in the micro sense we have monopoly with one provider distributing iTunes phone (hmmmm….shades of the Razr mobile phone here). I do not use Cingular, but would like to investigate the upcoming iTunes phone(s). However, if my provider will not have an iTunes phone to offer, I will not be part of the iTunes mobile phone scene.

Posted by FahrenheiPod 451 on August 30, 2005 at 1:10 PM (CDT)

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