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Jobs contemplated creating own cell network, says colleague

updated 03:25 pm EST, Tue November 15, 2011

Tech would have used Wi-Fi spectrum

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs initially wanted to create his own wireless network, rather than turn to existing carriers, according to John Stanton. Stanton is the chairman of venture capital outfit Trilogy Partners, and explains that he spent time with Jobs between 2005 and 2007. "He wanted to replace carriers," Stanton said at Monday's Law Seminars International event in Seattle. "He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision."

Jobs is said to have eventually given up on the idea around 2007. He nevertheless had a large impact on cellular carriers, Stanton suggests. "If I were a carrier, I'd be concerned about the dramatic shift in power that occurred," he claimed yesterday. The statement is a reference to the fact that prior to the iPhone, carriers often had the upper hand, controlling branding and services for devices. Apple, Google, and other companies now sell services where revenue bypasses carriers entirely.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Arty50

    Joined: Dec 1969



    start your own carrier when you can just buy one? That nice little cash reserve Apple is sitting on could buy a controlling stake in Verizon or AT&T. It won't happen, but it's an interesting thought...

  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's the future

    Jobs really wanted to revolutionize a market that in many ways is like the telecommunications market in the 70s. Handsets locked to carriers (and approved by them), subsidized by them, ridiculously high rates for voice vs. data when they're the same thing, etc.

    Maybe someday...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: that's the future

    Yeah, the only difference is that then Apple would be the one locking the user in, not a telecom or something else.

  1. CarlRJ

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: that's the future

    I'd *rather* be locked in by Apple.
    The only way the current carriers want to serve you is on a plate.

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  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Keep drinking the Cupertino Kool-Aid. Do you think Apple will treat you any different once they have you by the short and curlies? You are a POS like everyone else on the Apple network. Wake up.

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    wi-fi cellular.. that has been my wish since a while! why bother with an ancient technology when you could just put wi-fi everywhere? forget about minutes, data, etc.. everyone can get 50 Gb of data for 40$ with a regular ISP, why should it be different with a phone?

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