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Apple Cuts Off MVNO Rumors ➝

Dan Moren, writing for Six Colors:

why address this at all? There are hundreds of Apple rumors floating around on any given day, and Apple generally doesn’t deign to address 99.9 percent of them. So why this one? A couple possibilities, perhaps the most likely of which is not wanting to spook its existing partners? Granted, if they are somehow negotiating with the carriers for the use of their existing infrastructure, this wouldn’t exactly be news to them.

Also, keep in mind the venue: CNBC. That’s aimed at the financial markets, primarily, and if you look at the news today, there are several stories floating around out there about the company’s stock decline, including at CNBC. Apple doesn’t always concern itself with the stock market, but perhaps it wanted to insert something into the news cycle to combat that.

It’s certainly a rare occurance for Apple to acknowledge rumors in any way and because of that, I’m still not sure what to make of this. But my gut tells me it’s likely stock market-related.

Business Insider: Apple in Talks to Launch an MVNO ➝

James Cook:

Sources close to Apple say the company is privately trialling an MVNO service in the US but is also in talks with telecoms companies in Europe about bringing the service there too. […]

There is no guarantee Apple’s service will launch beyond a test phase, and if it does, it will not roll out anytime soon. Telecoms sources say Apple is looking long-term with its MVNO and could take at least five years to fully launch the service. Apple has been in talks with telecoms companies for years over its MVNO plans, those sources say, adding that it’s an “open secret” among carriers that a virtual Apple network is on the way.

One of the biggest pain-points for iPhone customers is in the interaction with cellular carriers. If Apple launched an MVNO they’d be controlling the entire experience and giving their customers a way to use Apple’s flagship products without having to deal with some of the worst offenders in terms of customer service.

Update: Looks like this rumor’s already dead.