AT&T has rebranded themselves...

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AT&T did it smart.  In the moments leading up to the launch of the iPhone, AT&T CEO Randall Stevenson told USA Today something that made me read twice: "[The iPhone launch] helps us complete our change from Cingular to AT&T and has created a halo effect for the re-branding." You'd think that more than a billion dollars spent on re-branding by AT&T alone should buy some halo, but Stevenson would apparently disagree. The PR that Apple has been able to generate around this launch is so formidable, even the bluest of blue-chip brands is happy to take a back seat and enjoy brand equity by association. But AT&T isn't the only company that can benefit from the massive iPhone awareness machine. The device itself opens many opportunities for any brand to design for the iPhone and tap into not only the brand halo, but also the hottest-selling, largest audience for a single mobile device since the ubiquitous RAZR. While incredible that the iPhone features a more typical web experience than the average Smartphone, it's still not the same as browsing a website on a monitor.

Comments (1)

Brian Block
RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President - McLean, VA
Northern Virginia & D.C. Real Estate
Interesting that AT&T Wireless became Cingular and now back to AT&T.  What's next?  I'm happy with my Cingular 8525 smartphone and don't plan on purchasing the iPhone.
Jul 28, 2007 04:38 AM