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  • Mainstream Media Catches Verizon iPhone Fever


    The rumor that just won't die crossed over from the tech blogosphere to the heart of the mainstream media this week, with reports on the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times both claiming that Verizon will get the iPhone next year. While obviously it's all hearsay at this point, we are talking about two of the most prestigious papers in the US, which would be unlikely to go with a story they hadn't very carefully checked out. The reports cover the same information, but the Journal story was quietly changed after it was published, deleting any mention of Verizon's CDMA network and referring only to an "alternative wireless technology used by Verizon," which could refer to the carrier's new 4G network based on LTE.

    The Wall Street Journal published a report on Wednesday that began "Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year." The story by Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ting-I Tsai went on to say that "the new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon." By Thursday morning, though, the story on the Journal's website had changed to begin with the flat statement that "AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone," as opposed to the more ambiguous "would allow" from the earlier version, and emphasized in the following paragraph that the agreement with Verizon that would "end an exclusive deal with AT&T."

    Additionally, the updated article omits any reference to CDMA, except for a reference to an earlier report in March. Instead, the rewritten piece talks only about an "alternative wireless technology." Now, maybe it was just an editorial decision to change the wording up for style reasons, but the fact that the specific statement about Verizon was added and the specific statement about CDMA was removed suggests that the writers got new information. And in terms of "alternative wireless technologies," it makes a lot more sense for Apple to build a new phone compatible with Verizon's new Long Term Evolution (LTE), than it would to build in support for CDMA, which is a dying standard. AT&T - as well as T-Mobile and a host of other carriers around the world - is also transitioning to the new standard, which offers up to ten times faster data rates than AT&T's UMTS 3G system (and even more improvement over Verizon's creaky EV-DO network, which can't even support simultaneous voice and data). Verizon's LTE network will be available in 38 cities in the US, reportedly reaching 110 million people by the end of this year. AT&T is currently field testing its LTE network in Baltimore and Dallas, and it's supposed to go live by mid-2011, initially covering 70 to 75 million people.

    The New York Times didn't add any specific details, other than to report the same story in its own amusing old-school style (writing CDMA as C.D.M.A. and referring to Apple's CEO as "Mr. Steven P. Jobs"). However, it did say it had confirmed the story with "a person in direct contact with Apple… who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity because the plans were supposed to be confidential and he did not want to alienate his contacts at Apple." The Times is such an authoritative source of news that by the end of the day, the story had been picked up by newspapers throughout the US, which all reported as fact that "Apple Inc. plans to make a version of its popular iPhone 4 available through Verizon Wireless by early next year."
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Mainstream Media Catches Verizon iPhone Fever started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      EDIT: "First gets no comment"
    1. blueblaze4444's Avatar
      blueblaze4444 -
      Quote Originally Posted by leathelisor View Post
      First Yes! Well, this is interesting. Maybe the mainstream media are all reading Messany's posts =P
      Haha! I've always wondered about things like that. I bet that Apple also has a group of employees who keeps tabs on modmyi news. Just to see what we're thinking.
    1. szfebje's Avatar
      szfebje -
      Quote Originally Posted by leathelisor View Post
      First Yes! Well, this is interesting. Maybe the mainstream media are all reading Messany's posts =P
      that post just put me into a coma. LMAOOOOOOOO, he's somewhere sipping a martini saying "i told yall *******"
    1. chrodriguezmarydown's Avatar
      chrodriguezmarydown -
      Quote Originally Posted by leathelisor View Post
      First Yes! Well, this is interesting. Maybe the mainstream media are all reading Messany's posts =P
      Lmao good point!
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Blah blah blah i will believe it when i see it. F U Verizon
    1. leathelisor's Avatar
      leathelisor -
      If the iphone goes to verizon I think that Messany will go back n laugh at everyone (me included) who called him a verizon fanatic
    1. johndoe25's Avatar
      johndoe25 -
      Weather Verizon does or doesn't, I'll stick with AT&T since they are the only ones that have coverage in my area(even though it's only edge). If that changes, I may switch. We'll have to see though.
    1. sub zero's Avatar
      sub zero -
      I'm starting to lose faith in this site's writers.
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I just signed up with ATT 4 days ago after 10 years with T-Mobile (they pissed me off) so if this happens, I have no intention to pay the 375 early termination fee for my 5 lines (thats 375 x 5... hell no!!).. so I guess I would wait to change carriers again
    1. nerdyperdy's Avatar
      nerdyperdy -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Blah blah blah i will believe it when i see it. F U Verizon
      I'm with you 110%
    1. h2a's Avatar
      h2a -
      Verizon sucks. No thanks.
    1. g12007's Avatar
      g12007 -
      Kinda late. This story was on yahoo news on Tuesday I think. But I guess anything to kill time till 10/10/10 gets here is all good!
    1. datomicpenguin's Avatar
      datomicpenguin -
      If the droid is so good then why does everyone that has Verizon want the iPhone?
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      I think this site looks at macrumors and post what they post a day later. Be original
    1. guyrich's Avatar
      guyrich -
      We are lucky in India to have iphone on 2 major providers. I wud luv iphone 4 in India as I wanna gift it to the luv of my life
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I am entertained how as soon as you say CDMA in the US, people think Verizon. I wouldn't say there is no CDMA phone coming out next year, but I think it would better fit with Sprint than Verizon.
    1. C-dub's Avatar
      C-dub -
      Quote Originally Posted by datomicpenguin View Post
      If the droid is so good then why does everyone that has Verizon want the iPhone?
      Exactly! Everyone wants verizon cause they can't have it. I see two mass migrations coming, one from AT&T to verizon, then one back to AT&T. The droid is ok, better than a jailed iPhone barely. But as soon as you "unleash the beast" so to speak iPhone pwns the droid all over the place. The combination of hardware and software apple offers is superior IMHO. I got my 4 a week after launch and have had none of the problems all the fanboy haters use as ammo
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Isn't That lovely. Even main stream media is in to rumors.
    1. SoopaNutz's Avatar
      SoopaNutz -
      I left Verizon bc I wanted an iPhone. I liked bzw coverage, but their phones sucked. I expected ATT to have lots of dead spots, but I've been very pleasantly surprised! I don't think I'll go back to bzw even if they do get the iPhone.
    1. iSteed's Avatar
      iSteed -
      Quote Originally Posted by datomicpenguin View Post
      If the droid is so good then why does everyone that has Verizon want the iPhone?
      Ha ha. The only people that say the droid is so good are the carriers that support it and biased anti-apple articles. Everything I've read (non-biased comparisons) say iPhone 4 wins 