Buy 4G Spectrum, Start MVNO
This idea has been kicked around ever since Apple introduced the iPhone. Steve Jobs once hoped to start his own wireless network back in 2005 using unlicensed WiFi spectrum. With such a popular device (and now the iPad), wouldn't it make sense for Apple to buy a wireless company like, say, T-Mobile? No, not really. Apple owning a wireless company would put it in competition with global partners like Orange in the UK. However, Jean-Louis Gassee of the UK's The Guardian brought up a great point: Why not buy spectrum space from various wireless carriers and start a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). Essentially, a MVNO acts as a wireless carrier, but operates over other company's infrastructure. Think about Virgin Mobile or 7-Eleven's own wireless network, 7-Eleven Speak Out Wireless. If a convenience store can have its own wireless company, then why can't Apple?