Tim Horan, a telecommunications analyst at Oppenheimer & Co is predicting that Apple’s iPhone will be available on all US carriers over the next 18 months.
According to Tim, this change in strategy in the US will help Apple sell two or three times more iPhones. The strategy of multiple carriers is already paying rich dividends in the UK.
Tim Horan writes:
“We believe AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity arrangement with Apple will be expiring by mid-2010.
For wireless carriers, customers are demanding the device and they need to remain competitive.”
We’ve already heard rumors about the iPhone coming to other US carriers such as Verizon, Sprint and Tmobile
In fact, there was a rumor earlier today that Apple might announce the end of AT&T exclusivity during the media event on Wednesday.
Horan goes on to add:
“With the addition of more carriers, iPhone sales in the U.S. will increase by 15 million to 25 million units annually. The device will put pressure on mobile-phone company margins because of higher subsidy costs. Adding the iPhone would also likely boost carriers’ capital spending on network upgrades by as much as $3 billion to support increases in data usage.”