After locking itself into an exclusive U.S. arrangement with carrier AT&T for the iPhone, Apple has reportedly created two “non iPhone” devices for rival carrier Verizon. One is apparently a stripped down version of the iPhone while the other is a multimedia pad. And with Apple in negotiations to extend its lucrative deal with AT&T, talk of a rival firm butting into the Apple phone business could give the tech company plenty of bargaining leverage. For both Verizon and AT&T, the big sticking point is bound to be the ever-expanding apps business. Right now Apple is the exclusive provider and distributor for iPhone apps.
When is an iPhone not an iPhone?
When Apple wants to make money with another carrier
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