Apple Almost Became Its Own Mobile Carrier

According to a stunning new revelation in the mobile space, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs originally envisioned Apple becoming its own mobile carrier by tapping unused license-free spectrum band to provide coverage for the first-gen iPhone. In short, Steve Jobs wanted Apple to serve as its own carrier for the revolutionary smartphone that now accounts …   Read More

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According to a stunning new revelation in the mobile space, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs originally envisioned Apple becoming its own mobile carrier by tapping unused license-free spectrum band to provide coverage for the first-gen iPhone.

In short, Steve Jobs wanted Apple to serve as its own carrier for the revolutionary smartphone that now accounts for a sizable share of all smartphones presently in use around the world.

Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton.

Now the chairman at venture capital firm Trilogy Partnership, Stanton admitted this week that he spent a good deal of time with Steve Jobs between 2005 and 2007. Consequently, reports Macworld, Stanton was able to learn that Jobs simply “wanted to replace carriers.”

“He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision,” Stanton revealed.

In early 2007, however, Jobs reportedly abandoned the idea in 2007.

Still Jobs “managed to have a major impact on wireless operators,” Stanton said. “If I were a carrier, I’d be concerned about the dramatic shift in power that occurred.”

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