Six months from now, a new carrier wouldn't be able to capitalize and I'll tell you why. It's simple. 1) Millions of adopters of the original iPhone 3G flocked to AT&T almost exactly 23 months ago forced to leave their previous carrier and sign a two year contract. Those contracts are almost up.
2) These AT&T subscribers who did not take the early adopter special and upgrade to the iPhone 3GS last summer, myself included, are now up for a real upgrade but are hoping for a choice. That's a good reason why I didn't do it and thus have been suffering the sluggishness of the iPhone 3G. It is truly unbearable especially compared to using my Apple iPad!
3) The new iPhone 4th Generation is going to be announced in less than 30 minutes and if there isn't a "One more thing..." that is another carrier, e.g. Verizon, many of us early adopters will be forced to sign our lives away for yet another two years.
Hence, now is the time, or I guess a couple months back, that the other three major carriers should have been trying to court Apple. All the initial movement and flow of subscribers that left for AT&T two years ago would have a chance to not incur an Early Termination Fee (ETF) and come back to their cheaper or more egotistic, "I'm better than AT&T" provider. We can only hope for the best and just follow the awesome live feeds of gdgt, engadget or Gizmodo or whomever you choose. 9to5mac has a great live panel of all 4 awesome streams! Check it out here. http://9to5mac.com/livepanel.html
True to form, John Gruber from Daring Fireball posted a remark slyly hinting at a possible new Apple TV and the new name for the iPhone 4th Generation, "iPhone HD" just moments prior to Steve Jobs taking the stage. Awesomeness! Google TV, watch out now! Hopefully, adellelijah will have their chance at WWDC 2011!
It’s a few short hours before the keynote, and what strikes me about this year’s WWDC isn’t any specific rumor or impending announcement. Not the iPhone HD. Not the never-before-seen features in OS 4. Not the new Apple TV. Not the update to Safari with an extension API and “Reader” mode.