AT&T is reportedly looking to extend its exclusive US carrier deal for the iPhone. The company was the first to strike a deal with Apple when it announced in 2007 that it would provide service for the handset through newly-acquired Cingular.
Reports in The Wall Street Journal suggest that AT&T is now seeking to extend the deal to provide exclusive service for the iPhone until 2011.
The practice of locking the iPhone into a single carrier has long been a point of contention with Apple's customers and carriers.
Consumers in Europe have decried the company's exclusive deals with O2, T-Mobile and Orange. In France, Orange was forced to offer unlocked handsets, while T-Mobile had to go to court to retain its exclusive deal.
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