Don’t come here looking for an exact date relating to the day the iPhone is set free or a new U.S. carrier you can look forward to switching to as I don’t have that information. What I do have however is mounting evidence that AT&T’s iPhone reign is nearing the final curtain via reports from the companies freshly released earnings reports and via CEO Ralph de la Vega himself. Mind you, nothing blatant was said. But the tone of his announcement can only mean good things for us:

We have a legacy of having a great portfolio…that will continue after the iPhone is no longer exclusive to us…

…..Even if we lose exclusivity [of the iPhone], we will be the only carrier with HSPA 7.2…

…. I feel as strongly as ever [about] the capability of devices in our lineup and [am] super-excited about the deals with e-readers and personal navigation devices.

He went on to further state that AT&T is working closely with Android developers to bring the top most quality Android handsets to big blue and that he believes AT&T is by far the best network for Android. Right. Somehow I have a feeling DROID and Verizon will have the performance to back it up while de la Vega has nothing but talk.

AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity has been rumored to be nearing it’s demise for some time. With de la Vega now openly talking about AT&T after iPhone exclusivity instead of side-stepping such questions, we can only assume that time is coming very soon. Que national party in 3..2..

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