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              In this Wednesday, March 7, 2012 photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the new iPad in San Francisco. Cook, long seen as the mechanic that kept the Apple machine humming along, is revealing a confident and eloquent side as he starts to emerge from the shadow of Steve Jobs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
              In this Wednesday, March 7, 2012 photo, Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the new iPad in San Francisco. Cook, long seen as the mechanic that kept the Apple machine humming along, is revealing a confident and eloquent side as he starts to emerge from the shadow of Steve Jobs. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)   

BGR Source: Apple could offer direct mobile service

Apple’s next huge move isn’t into the television or banking industries according to one expert. Instead, Apple will take on carriers like AT&T and Verizon Wireless by becoming a direct mobile service provider. Veteran wireless industry strategist Whitey Bluestein, who has managed strategic deals for the likes of AT&T, Intel, T-Mobile, Verizon, Microsoft, Nokia and Best Buy, says Apple will soon begin to offer wireless service directly to iPhone and iPad users. Apple has the distribution channels, digital content portfolio and customer base to make the move, Bluestein says, and it also has more than 250 million credit cards on file for iTunes users who could be billed directly for wireless service.

Full Story: Apple plans to crush carriers and offer direct mobile service, expert says