Apple could become your mobile network service provider in 3, 2, 1..
Feeling fancy about its status as the dearest smartphone brand in the United States, Cupertino, Calif., iPhone maker, Apple, has set out to become the newest carrier in the Land Of The Free as well.
Sources disclosed to BestMobs that Apple is looking to purchase an undisclosed mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and is also in talks to establish its own MVNO in case the former plan does not work out.
Steve Jobs is thought to have initiated the idea as far back as in 2006.
In 2013, Apple launched the Apple SIM, a special type of SIM card which allows users to switch between certain US and UK carriers. However, in the case of becoming an MVNO, Apple will craft its own virtual network using hardware (network masts, data centers, etc) provided by other carriers, setting their own standard call, SMS and data rates for subscribers, and in turn, paying rent to the affected carrier on a monthly or yearly basis.
Interestingly, Apple filed a patent towards this kind of technology back in 2006 when Steve Jobs was still inc charge, now returning to dust off the dream after nearly nine years. Disney and ESPN are two companies who have tried their hands on MVNO services in the past but failed woefully.
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