IDG News Service is reporting on comments made by John Stanton, a venture capitalist, who claimed that Steve Jobs was looking into the possibility of using unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrums to set up their own mobile phone network. This was being investigated ahead of the original iPhone’s debut, and needless to say, would bypass carriers such […]
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Steve Jobs Hoped to Use an Unlicensed Wi-Fi Spectrum for an Apple Mobile Phone Network

features_connected_wifi20110426.jpgIDG News Service is reporting on comments made by John Stanton, a venture capitalist, who claimed that Steve Jobs was looking into the possibility of using unlicensed Wi-Fi spectrums to set up their own mobile phone network. This was being investigated ahead of the original iPhone’s debut, and needless to say, would bypass carriers such as AT&T and Sprint entirely.

The report goes on to say that Jobs had given up on the idea by 2007 and as we all know, chose the more orthodox route of partnering with carriers to supply service to the device. That said Jobs is still responsible for striping some of the power from the carriers over the devices on the network.

This report seems reliable considering that Stanton was one of the trailblazers in cellular technology and ultimately founding Western Wireless, which part of became VoiceStream, which again ultimately became T-Mobile US when it was acquired by Deutsche Telekom in 2001. What was left of Western Wireless was bought up by Alltel in 2005. Apparently Jobs was talking to Stanton somewhere between 2005 and 2007.

I’m amazed at the number of fascinating stores coming out of the woodwork after Jobs’ passing. Amazing stuff.

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