Apple has no plans of becoming a mobile carrier
On Monday there were various reports stating that Apple was working with mobile carriers in Europe and the United States to create its own MVNO. Since then, the Cupertino-based tech company has vehemently denied these rumors. If Apple had actually worked to create its own mobile virtual network operator, the company would be able to provide data and calling capabilities to its phones without using a carrier such as AT&T or Verizon.
Business Insider is where the rumor originated, claiming that Apple was testing an MVNO. The site's report did suggest that the new carrier service from Apple would not officially arrive for at least five years, but rather than staying silent, the company flat-out denied the rumors. If anything, this confirms that Apple will most certainly not be starting its own provider anytime soon, even if Steve Jobs mentioned bypassing traditional networks when the original iPhone had released.
With Google Fi being announced a few months ago, it makes sense as to why Apple may want to enter the mobile carrier market. Google is a top competitor of the company, but it seems like for now Apple will continue its relationship with the various carriers that support the iPhone.
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