Verizon iPhone 4G: Does exclusivity hinder AT&T?

AT&T has recently posted its quarterly profits and was much better than analyst had predicted. One of these reasons is because the carrier has the exclusivity of the Apple iPhone, but we are not certain how long this will be for – due to constant rumors of the iPhone 4G being made available to Verizon customers.

There are those who would have you believe that AT&T will continue to be the sole iPhone provider until 2011, but a recent article in WSJ tells us otherwise. We do wonder if this exclusivity deal with Apple hinders AT&T in any way, as investor may forget other products that the carrier provides.

Reuters tells us that we should not forget AT&T’s data, broadband and voice that they provide – although they have been hurt by a slowdown in long-term contracts. This could be a result of how fast the cell phone technology moves these days.

Put it this way, why would you want to sign-up to a long-term deal when you know that there could be 5 to 20 new Google Android handsets in a year.

Do you think that the iPhone exclusivity hinders AT&T?