Would you switch carriers for the iPhone?

AT&T and Apple are both banking on the iPhone, but will people switch subscribers to get it?

The iPhone hits store shelves in less than a week, and Apple and AT&T are both counting on the buzz translating into record sales.

Steve Jobs, Apple's CEO, says he expects the company to sell 10 million iPhones by the end of 2008. AT&T execs have said that more than a million people have already inquired about how they can get their hands on the new gadget.

If the hype lives up to expectations, the iPhone could help AT&T boost subscriber growth. But with more than 76 percent of the U.S. population already owning a cell phone, most of the new subscriber growth that AT&T could enjoy will likely come from people switching carriers.

But will this really happen? I'm working on a story that will be published later this week about whether or not people will really cancel their current contracts and sign up with AT&T to get the iPhone. If you are thinking of switching providers for the iPhone drop me an e-mail (maggie.reardon@cnet.com). I'd love to get your perspective for this story.

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Marguerite Reardon has been a CNET News reporter since 2004, covering cell phone services, broadband, citywide Wi-Fi, the Net neutrality debate, as well as the ongoing consolidation of the phone companies. E-mail Maggie.

 

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