Apple has denied that is in talks to build its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), refuting reports which had suggested the company was already testing such as a service in the United States.
In a statement to Reuters, Apple said, “We have not discussed nor do we have any plans to launch an MVNO.”
Apple is rarely moved to deny rumours and stories. However, it appears to have been moved to do so by a concern that talk about such plans could jeopardise its relationship with major networks.
Networks remain Apple’s biggest iPhone customer, buying millions of devices before selling them under contract. Any Apple MVNO would likely undermine relationships which have been carefully built up since the iPhone’s launch in 2007.
The original story has posited that Apple would let users buy an Apple SIM alongside any new iPhone. This would then connect to the best available network, with Apple negotiating licensing deals with each carrier to provide customers with a seamless experience.
Sources had said that any such plans were up to five years away, which does at least leave the door open for an Apple MVNO in the distant future.
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