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How the iPhone changed the telecommunications industry : Your wireless carrier used to matter more than the actual phone

Jul 06, 2017 - USA Today

Before the first iPhone went on sale, Apple had gotten good at building computers and making iPods. But in the early 2000s, engineers at Apple had started working on something entirely new -- a mobile device that combined a phone, an iPod and a computer.

Everything about the iPhone was Apple's: the phone itself, the design, the operating system. The only thing Apple needed was a network that allowed users to talk, text and browse the Internet. Enter AT&T's mobile services company, formerly...