The Justice Department is looking into the relationship between AT&T and Apple for possible violations of the Sherman Anti-Trust Act.
Among the areas the Justice Department could explore is whether wireless carriers are hurting smaller competitors by locking up popular phones through exclusive agreements with handset makers, according to the people. In recent weeks lawmakers and regulators have raised questions about deals such as AT&T’s exclusive right to provide service for Apple Inc.’s popular iPhone in the U.S (The Business Insider).
I’m curious to see how this plays out. Either way, AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity deal is set to expire in about a year, and I can’t imagine Apple renewing it; AT&T’s network sucks. I wish I had a dollar for every time I have had a call from an iPhone on AT&T’s network drop.