Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs discussed ditching AT&T as the iPhone’s service partner at least half a dozen times, after the companies’ partnership resulted in a sometimes less-than-happy marriage, according to an article in the August issue of Wired magazine.
Although the article isn’t yet online, it’s been summarized by ZDNet.
Apple considered switching to Verizon several times, with Jobs directing Apple engineers to visit Qualcomm, the supplier of Verizon’s chips for its phones, the article says. But switching would have proved costly because the iPhone would have needed to be rebuilt because of the different sizes of the chips.
Qualcomm, meanwhile has been working with Apple on a chip that would work with both AT&T and Verizon networks, the story adds.
As for other clashes between the companies, the Wired article has a fun anecdote about how an AT&T employee asked one of Job’s deputies to get him to wear a suit to meet with the AT&T board. “We’re Apple. We don’t wear suits. We don’t even own suits," the AT&T employee was told, ZDNet reports.