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Could Apple Launch Its Own Mobile Data Service?

Industry observers have suspected that Apple has been trying to attack a new market, for more than a year. A recent report from SlashGear seems to confirm these rumours, along with adding a little spice to them.

Wireless services are expected to be offered to the customers across the USA, by the Cupertino based company. Apple has advantages, as well as disadvantages, against other US carriers.

Verizon and T-Mobile, for instance, have their own spectrum to offer a data service for their customers. In order to deliver similar services this year, Apple would have to own already a dedicated spectrum.

Analysts have pointed out that such a piece of information could not have been kept hidden. If Apple would have made such a purchase, the information would have leaked somehow.

In the future, however, Apple is very likely to jump on this opportunity. "The battleground is set, but Apple will be the first mover. Google will have to scramble because it lacks retail distribution, experience with subscriber services and the iTunes ecosystem of content", says Whitey Bluestein, a wireless industry strategist.

Apple is also believed to be plotting against partner carriers, by developing nano-SIM cards or by launching their own VOiP service. These cards, integrated into the iPhone, could provide voice, data and roaming services that the users would have to pay for, via iTunes.

Source: SlashGear

Radu has been working as a freelance writer for more than five years and has been blogging around since 2004. He is interested in anything Apple as well as gaming and mobile applications.