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WSJ: Apple to announce cell phone with Cingular as carrier

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple will announce a mobile phone as early as tomorrow and that the company will use Cingular as its carrier of choice. The Journal reports: “Cingular Wireless is expected to provide wireless service for a new Apple Computer cellphone, people familiar with the situation say. The launch of the new phone and service is expected to be announced as early as Tuesday, these people say. The new product could give Apple access to the huge wireless business, in which nearly a billion handsets are shipped every year, dwarfing the nearly 70 million iPods Apple has sold over the past five years.” The newspaper offers no other details on the phone or service.

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color me bored. Why Cingular? Why not unlocked? Disappointed.


Posted by jason on January 8, 2007 at 9:57 PM (CST)


Why Cingular? Because the other iDud phone was supposed to be sold through Cingular, but it didn’t work right. So Cingular gets first crack at it again. It’s locked because that’s probably part of the contract.

Also, Cingular is a GSM provider, so a phone that works on GSM with Cingular is likely to work in Europe and Japan, where everything is GSM (but with different frequencies than the States).

Posted by FloydC on January 8, 2007 at 10:12 PM (CST)


GSM in Japan? If they wanted a real connected phone with access to the best technology they shoulda gone CDMA but yeah GSM allows them to sell in Europe.

Posted by Victor on January 8, 2007 at 10:23 PM (CST)


I’m still sceptical; I’m not willing to beleive anything until Steve pulls one out of his pocket.
At that point I’ll be running down to my local Telstra Shop and demanding that they get one in for me ;)

Posted by Dan Woods on January 8, 2007 at 10:24 PM (CST)


Cingular?  You mean AT&T, the phone will never say Cingular, by this time February the name with be AT&T.  Major dufus move.  Both VZW & Sprint have CDMA which equals faster network speed, downloads, etc.  Apple doesn’t like that VZW has it own downloads to VZW phones.  Apple also doesn’t like the VZW “Chocolate”, so.  It will consumer sell, but businesses could give two doodoos about music downloads, its all about speed and access which means VZW.

Posted by Steve on January 8, 2007 at 10:27 PM (CST)


I work for Verizon. It wouldn’t be Apple that wouldn’t have Verizon. It is Verizon that wouldn’t want the Apple Phone due to the fact that Apple will be making iTunes the centralized place for all the content you load on your phone and that would seriously piss Verizon off. In other words Verizon only cares about products that make the user use their network to get content there by giving them more profit. I hate to say it but Verizon is the Microsoft of the Phone Companies. So for the record it would be Verizon that wouldn’t want Apple cutting into thier profits.

Posted by dozx on January 8, 2007 at 10:54 PM (CST)


and I would ditch Verizon Just to get Apples Phone, in a heart beat.

Posted by dozx on January 8, 2007 at 11:01 PM (CST)


Depends on if the phone is good or not. We haven’t even seen it yet.

Posted by Victor on January 8, 2007 at 11:26 PM (CST)


I would ditch it too, unfortunately my contracts not up. I’m going to be VERY disappointed if they chose Cingular as the sole provider for their phone.

Posted by Eric on January 8, 2007 at 11:29 PM (CST)


lets not forget t-mobile
another gsm
so it will be there too

Posted by sean on January 8, 2007 at 11:51 PM (CST)


If the rumors are true about it I will be getting one. I’m just waiting for some one to give me a reason to ditch Verizon and there unfair ways. Maybe Apple will give me that reason. I think they will offer 2 ways to get a Apple Phone with Cingular at a reduced cost or unlocked at full price and you can go to any GSM provider. I suspect the unlocked version will come with a very hefty price tag.

Posted by dozx on January 8, 2007 at 11:52 PM (CST)


You guys seem to be forgetting that Cingular’s HSPDA network is almost done and is running in 160+ markets,  and its just as good/better than EV-DO.

Besides, GSM is a worldwide standard, unlike CDMA which is USA only/certain parts of Asia.

Posted by Kevin on January 9, 2007 at 1:29 AM (CST)


CDMA? HAHA….Most of the world has used GSM for years. And Cingular uses Edge and the speed is extremely fast.

Posted by shawn on January 9, 2007 at 1:37 AM (CST)


No unlock no buy.

Posted by Bad Beaver on January 9, 2007 at 2:11 AM (CST)


All the money seems to be on GSM etc., but has anyone considered that it may have WiFi capability?


Posted by Adam on January 9, 2007 at 7:22 AM (CST)


“Most of the world uses GSM”.  You are correct, but for penetration into rural areas (like vast expanses of land in the US), CDMA is far superior.  And don’t even try saying cingular’s Edge approaches the reliability/coverage of Verizon’s EVDO.  Sure, it works well in a few major cities, but the latter has been up for longer and has both faster speeds and more reliable service.  I even use it to make long distance calls using Skype for pocket PC, running on a palm treo.

Agreed the apple phone may indeed have WiFi in order to allow VoIP calling such as skype/vonage.  Wouldn’t be at all surprized if Apple launches its own VoIP pass-through service at the same time.  After all, that’s basically what iTunes was when first launched (emphasis on “was”) - a big portal for all the iPod users who can’t figure out how to manage digital music by themselves.

Posted by Dopial on January 9, 2007 at 8:18 AM (CST)


Yawn !  BFD !

Posted by sowhat on January 9, 2007 at 8:48 AM (CST)


regarding the cingular dispute:
it will probably be much like the RAZR…wasn’t it originally only cingular who had it? but slowly tmobile was introduced, and then slowly verizon realized it was a hot item….but now it’s sort of outdated anyway.

Posted by dab on January 9, 2007 at 6:28 PM (CST)


funny to compare the opinions here, vs. the new article about the released iPhone.

from ‘oh i’m totally getting it’ to ‘omgsh it sucks, not buying it’


Posted by David on January 9, 2007 at 6:32 PM (CST)


Any idea who will be manufacturing these pohnes?

Posted by Mo on March 23, 2007 at 3:41 PM (CDT)

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