Apple to become a Cellphone Service Provider?

there is speculation Apple may soon enter the telecom market as a service provider. According to Joe Banos, COO at Wilson Electronics, Apple is looking at buying huge bundles of minutes from every carrier at a discounted rate, then turning around and becoming a phone service, getting them into the recurring revenue business.

Apple’s leverage with the carriers, of course, is the iPhone. Calls would be routed agnostically between different carriers??? frequencies. If that happens, having a strong cellular signal would be a necessity since each carrier???s network has areas of weakness or gaps.

Interesting news from the Custom Electronics (the home audio video industry) – Apple may become their own cellphone service provider, offering their own cell phone plans with their iPhone.

Actually, six years ago I was hoping Apple (or Google) would have won the bid for the big chunk of wireless spectrum that went up to auction. (I believe Verizon won it.) Then they could have created their own cell network with all the huge cash reserves they had. But who wants to jump into the cell phone carrier market?

This rumor is interesting, because Google recently become a wired telecom provider – as they are fitting the bill to install fiber to the home throughout Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas sides).

These both point to other entities jumping onto the non-traditional telecom service bandwagon. The President (POTUS)’s recent executive order making it easier to build broadband infrastructure on government property should help the cause.



About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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