AT&T Downplays Loss of iPhone Exclusivity

At this point, the question isn't so much whether or not AT&T will lose its iPhone exclusivity, but when. With rumors strengthening that either Verizon and/or T-Mobile will soon be adding Apple's device to their smartphone lineup, AT&T has begun some pre-emptive damage control. picked up on the company mentioning the possibility of exclusivity contracts ending in its most recent SEC filing, for the first time:

"As these exclusivity arrangements end, we expect to continue to offer such handsets (based on historical industry practice)," writes AT&T in the filing. "And we believe our service plan offerings will help to retain our customers by providing incentives not to move to a new carrier."

Although it doesn't explicitly cite the iPhone, it's rather plausible that the company is alluding to the device. The question, then, is whether investors really believe AT&T's growth can continue at the same pace without iPhone exclusivity.

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