Apple May Launch a Cellular Network

According to this article on Forbes.com, Apple is developing a hybrid iPod/cell phone with Motorola (read: instant best-seller), and there seems to be an increase in companies talking about starting their own virtual cell phone networks using existing carrier infrastructure. ESPN, Earthlink, and Disney are all launching virtual networks (the “virtual” indicates these companies are just the brand. Companies like Sprint, with their towers and call centers, are the backbone).

So although Apple hasn’t made an announcement, there is speculation.

Not a bad move from a business perspective, considering most of the cell phone carriers have balked at carrying iTunes-enabled mobile phones. If Apple plays its cards right they could really be making a move into the consumer electronics space, something I would never have suspected a few years ago. With Apple’s (read: Steve Jobs’) sense of design and customer-focus I’m anxious to see how they can improve what’s turned into an industry of cheap products and poor customer support.

Do you think this is a good move for Apple?

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2 comments ↓

#1 Eddy on 08.26.05 at 12:03 am

I don’t know if it’s a good move, but if there is anyway to combine some of my gadgets into one, at least the “recharging” will be easier. I don’t have room on my power strip for another bulky charger. You know, between our MP3 players, cell phone, Camera, Video Camera, and PDA–combine them all into one!

#2 rwalling on 08.26.05 at 4:54 am

I couldn’t agree with you more, Eddy. This was a very frustrating part of going to Africa – I had to bring 4 chargers with me: laptop, digital camera, mp3 player, and video camera. Once these adapters get a little cheaper I’ll be all over them – 1 adapter with tons of device tips, and it plugs into a house, car or plane outlet. (Adapter link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/redirect?link_code=ur2&camp=1789&tag=softwarbyrob-20&creative=9325&path=tg/detail/-/B00020G7K0/qid=1125031720/sr=8-6/ref=pd_bbs_6?v=glance%26s=electronics%26n=507846)