Reports of Verizon and AT&T scheming to direct buyers away from the iPhone seem to be true. [Special Report]

Siva's Special Report...

 

Could it be a result of rumors that Apple is showing possible interest in purchasing Sprint?

 

To me, that's really the only thing that would make sense. Else, why not promote the best-selling and top quality smartphone on the market? If you didn't know, both AT&T as well as Verizon have been accused as of late, of directing people away from the iPhone, with AT&T even having been rumored to be offering extra commission for non-iPhone sales.

 

Well, I just did some footwork, visiting (undercover) my local AT&T and Verizon dealers. I went in to each store, and just played dumb, asking which of their phones were the best, which were the most feature-rich, which worked the best and which were most cost effective. In both stores, at no point did any sales rep even mention the iPhone! I was shocked. The Droid, the Samsung Galaxy, the Motorola LG; all of those were ones I was eagerly and enthusiastically directed towards. But no mention of the iPhone. Forgive me if it seems I'm being a little defensive, but come on folks!

 

If I were Apple, I'd have something to say about such a business model. I'll keep you posted if it turns out Apple feels the same way I do, and decides to say something about all this after all...

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As Senior Gear Editor at iPhone Life, Siva reports on the latest and greatest accessories built for the iOS ecosystem. From rugged gear and Bluetooth speakers, to headphones, unique iDevice cases, and iOS remote controlled vehicles, Siva's articles cover a wide range of great gear for the iPhone and iPad. A core gamer for over three decades, Siva also writes iPhone Life's Game Centered column, which focuses on the best iOS games and game related news. Additionally, Siva's company, iDoc Tech Support, offers web design and administration services as well as iPhone and iPad repairs. When not at his work desk, Siva loves spending time with family and enjoying the wonders of nature. You can follow him on Twitter @idoctech