Many expect Apple’s next big move to be the announcement of the next-generation iPhone. However, according to an expert, its next big move may be to become a wireless service provider like Verizon Wireless or AT&T.
According to a veteran wireless strategist, Whitey Bluestein, Apple has all of the necessary elements needed to become a wireless service provider. He pointed out that the company has had a patent-pending network architecture to enter the industry. The iPhone producers filed a patent application in October 2006, which was recently extended in the fall 2011.
Bluestein made additional comments about Apple in a recent industry summit in Barcelona. He said that in addition to becoming a wireless service provider, Apple will offer iPhone customers activation, data, and international roaming plans through the iTunes store. The company will also allegedly provide voice, data, and messaging plans directly to customers on an ‘ala carte’ basis as an alternative to their current mobile operator.
The biggest thing holding back Apple from already becoming a wireless provider was the enormous subsidies paid by mobile operators for each iPhone sold. Bluestein said that this was a short stumbling block for the company and made it known that they have a well-known cash reserve in the billions and could seize the initiative at any point.