Wednesday, June 30, 2010

iPhone bound for Montana in 2011

Posted By on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 3:59 PM

It appears Apple's iPhone will be available in Montana by next year.

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As the Bozeman Chronicle reported last week, the FCC approved the company's $2.35 billion deal to buy wireless licenses from Verizon, which had to sell them to comply with federal antitrust laws when it purchased Alltel last year.

The new licenses will allow AT&T to offer 3G network coverage in 79 mostly rural service areas spread across 18 states, including Montana and Wyoming. ...

AT&T's new licenses mean that, within 12 months, Alltel retail outlets in Montana will change into AT&T stores and will be carrying phones such as the immensely popular Apple iPhone, whose newest incarnation was released Thursday.

But Montanans may not have to switch to AT&T in order to get the iPhone.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that Verizon, the largest wireless carrier in Montana, will begin offering the iPhone in about six months.

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said.

The device will be available to customers in January, according to the people, who declined to be named because the information isn’t public. Natalie Kerris, an Apple spokeswoman, and Jeffrey Nelson, a Verizon Wireless spokesman, declined to comment.

The Bloomberg report seems at least slightly more legit than the countless rumors to the same effect that have preceded it.

Regardless, with AT&T on its way, Montanans will soon be able to use their precious iPhones to, you know, make deer calls and stuff.

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