Within a month or two we’ll have a second-generation iPhone, with higher data speeds through AT&T’s 3G network and built-in support for connections to Microsoft Exchange Server. As always, Apple is being reticent with the details and the launch date but it’s likely to be soon.

Paul Thurrott today spoke an important truth that must not be overlooked.

“Just so we’re clear, if Apple ever opened up its iPhone to rival cell phone networks in the United States, AT&T would lose about 99 percent of its iPhone customers overnight, and that number is artificially low because the final one percent would leave eventually. But that’s because AT&T Wireless is, perhaps, the worst wireless carrier in existence.”

And really, that’s about all there is to it. Verizon is no treat to deal with but – I can’t sign up with AT&T. Even for an iPhone. I just can’t go there.

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