Jobs Dreamed of Creating Network Using Unlicensed WiFi Spectrum

According to IDG, Steve Jobs originally had plans to create a cellular network using the unlicensed WiFi spectrum. This would allow Apple to have full control over the iPhone, from the software and hardware down to the network it operates on. Creating a cell network from scratch is a monumental task for any company, even Apple, but it would be extremely disruptive to existing carriers. AT&T made a killing as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone from 2007 to 2011, and we’re sure that Apple would have had no problem signing subscribers on their own proprietary network—Sprint even forked over $15 billion for the rights to carry the device. With VoIP services cropping up, the idea of an internet-based network are more feasible than ever before. A cellular revolution is overdue, and it’s only a matter of time before someone (maybe even Apple) crashes the party with the next-generation of phone service.

[Computerworld]

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