That is exactly what Steve Jobs wanted to do as part of his Apple iPhone grand plan. Jobs had an (arguably) hair brained scheme to bypass carriers and redirect iPhone communications over WiFi network on a new device.
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Thats what John Stanton, once an employee from a little known wireless operator called McCaw Cellular – which later went on to become AT&T Wireless – told the Law Seminars International event in Seattle on Monday, reports IDG News Service.
“He wanted to replace carriers,” Stanton, now Chairman of venture capitalists Trilogy Partners, revealed.
“He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum.The legendary Apple CEO talked to Stanton regularly about his idea between 2005-2007.
“That was part of his vision,” he added.
However, Jobs was said to have given up on the idea by 2007, at which stage the first iPhone was has been released, and signed with main US carriers AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
This Apple wireless project, if it had been achieved, would have been a dream for Jobs, who often complained about the lack of innovation due to carriers and the enormous power they hold.
But that’s not the news all that has emerged on the Jobs front this week.
Industry sources have also revealed how Jobs scrapped the prototype iPhone 5 just three months before launch, unhappy with the larger screen on i5.