Trust me, this phone doesn’t need the first hundred pages.

Ralph de la Vega, then the Cingular Wireless COO, on what he told the “outraged” board to why he let Apple break the carrier’s spec rules (having to do with a physical keyboard, in this case).

The rest of the piece by Forbes’ Connie Guglielmo is pretty puffy — I mean, this is AT&T, who has shit the bed for years when it comes to their network compared to Verizon’s and left nothing more than a trail of excuses. But they did make the right call with the iPhone, no question about that.

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