iPhone Won’t be a Single-Carrier Device Much Longer

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ADOTAS – IphoneYou know, monogamy is overrated. Come June, Apple’s exclusivity contract with AT&T regarding the iPhone expires (according to analysts) and the company is already putting plans in motion to expand its carrier base.

According to a scoop on TheStreet.com, Apple has selected Qualcomm to build the CDMA chips for the new Verizon iPhone, which will appear this summer. Google’s Nexus One, which is coming to Verizon in the spring, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip.

Carriers are quickly losing their higher ground (or rather any ground) in the smartphone space. Though the price is brutal, Google’s Nexus One can be purchased carrier-free through Google, allowing the user to insert his/her own SIM card. The old paradigm of carrier first, phone second has been upended.

With Google’s acquisition of AdMob and Apple’s play for Quattro Wireless, the two companies are attempting to build exclusive mobile operating systems — and line up as chief rivals on the mobile front. The carriers have become mere pawns — hence why AT&T is introducing five new Android devices in the first half of 2010.

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