AT&T Never Learned to Share

AT&T’s earnings report on Wednesday highlights the enormous stakes involved in the renewal of its exclusive contract to distribute Apple’s iPhone in the United States.

Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal last week, Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon’s chief executive, said the company was more likely to get access to the iPhone in the coming years as it converts to a fourth-generation technology, called L.T.E., which will also be used by AT&T. The two companies now use incompatible technology, and Apple has not wanted to make multiple versions of the iPhone.

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