From Apple Insider I saw this little ditty…
Apple granted patent where carriers bid to provide service to iPhones – By Josh Ong
A patent recently granted to Apple could wrest power away from the wireless carriers by creating a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) system that would allow networks to bid against each other over wireless services provided to iPhone users.
It is an old application for a patent, being registered in 2006 Apple Insider says, but gives a great indication of where Apple knew they were headed even back then!
Imagine a day when there is a real-time, behind-the-scenes auction where the carrier you use for each call or internet session is decided by a number of factors; signal strength, price etc.
No longer tied to a single carrier, you are free to choose the best carrier for your needs at that particular time, either automatically or manually.
Don’t have signal at home? No problem, you could have access to any of the available carriers, much like international roaming. The only difference being the price of the call would be cheaper, not more expensive!
Paying for your phone calls and internet access (and anything you purchased using your new NFC enabled mobile phone) would all be handled by your iTunes account, giving Apple not only data about you and your purchases but probably a little slice of every transaction.
And that, as they say, is the rub.