Mashable writes: "With the Apple event just two days away, the web is running rampant with rumors. Today's is a real doozy, as Bloomberg speculates that T-Mobile will get the iPhone this summer with all additional U.S. carriers getting the phone in rapid succession in the following months.
This latest unsubstantiated bit of intel comes by way of Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co. He asserts that not only will AT&T lose exclusivity come mid-year, but T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and Clearwire will all jump on the iPhone bandwagon soon thereafter. "We believe AT&T's iPhone exclusivity arrangement with Apple will be expiring by mid-2010," Horan writes. "For wireless carriers, customers are demanding the device and they need to remain competitive."
We've already heard rumblings that the Verizon iPhone is coming soon, and that the end of AT&T's iPhone monopoly will be announced Wednesday. We also know that the iPhone is now sold by four different carriers in the UK, so there could certainly be some truth to Horan's assertions.
If we look to the UK as an example, we can also safely assume that Apple would benefit greatly by making its phone available to additional carriers. For proof look no further than Vodafone, who only recently started selling the iPhone in the UK, but managed to move more than 50,000 devices in 24 hours and 100,000 in just seven days."