Do cellular carriers have fanboys? The very thought makes my skin crawl. As AT&T's brass appeals to Apple to extend its iPhone exclusivity period past 2010, however, there appears to be debate over the matter. Lonnie Lazar at Cult of Mac lays out the somewhat obvious arguments against it:
As the Apple spokeswoman in the WSJ article was quoted, "We have a great relationship with AT&T." But how about the consumer? ... Even if technical issues cannot be overcome that prevent iPhones, as they are currently manufactured, from working with Sprint and Verizon's CDMA-based services -- and surely they could be overcome in this day and age -- having a choice between AT&T and T-Mobile is better than having a choice between AT&T and not using an iPhone at all.
If nothing else, if there were a Sprint or Verizon iPhone that operated on Evdo rev. A., the name "iPhone 3G" would be a technical joke rather than an actual one.