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Apple's Fault, Not AT&T, for iPhone Ills

Suri told attendees that a certain idle smartphone created as much signaling traffic as 1,000 phone calls a day, according to a story reported by Mobile Europe.

Until now, few industry players had been willing to blame Apple for the problem. And Apple has never explained its role in the signaling flap. In fact, last month, Apple told analysts on its earnings call that AT&T would take the fall and make the fixes.

"AT&T has acknowledged that they are having some issues in a few cities and they have very detailed plans to address these," Apple COO Tim Cook said, according to a transcript on SeekingAlpha. "We have personally reviewed these plans and we have very high confidence that they will make significant progress towards fixing them."

Stepping up so Apple could save face and keep its reputation unblemished may have paid off for AT&T. Ma Bell won an exclusive deal to sell the iPad next month and its exclusive pact with the iPhone may have been extended for its loyalty.

-- Written by Scott Moritz in New York

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