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  • Bloomberg: Verizon to Offer iPhone in January 2011



    The rumor mill may have been early, but it's about to be proven correct - says Bloomberg.

    It appears that Verizon, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will at long last finally introduce coverage for Apple's iPhone next year - possibly as early as January. Bloomberg is reporting from two familiar sources in the know (not something a major, credible news source like Bloomberg does very often) that AT&T's exclusive hold on the iPhone is effectively over.

    Verizon Wireless, now laboring to roll out a high-speed fourth-generation network, is expected to include the iPhone in its big new product unveiling in January at the Consumer Electronics Show. Verizon's network coverage for the iPhone 4 will dramatically improve the user experience for both AT&T and Verizon iPhone customers, as the network expansion will significantly reduce the overwhelming data burdens presently incumbent on AT&T, the sole carrier of the iPhone in the US.

    UBS AG analyst John Hodulik tells Bloomberg that Apple is going to drastically "increase the number of devices it sells in the US when exclusivity at AT&T ends. It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced.” For now, spokespersons at Apple, AT&T, and Verizon are not commenting on the Bloomberg report, which for the most part, is presenting the iPhone's arrival on the Verizon network as fact rather than a mere possibility.

    Of course, some conspiracy theorists are already speculating that the "leak" may be intentional by Verizon as a means to sway some folks to hold off on upgrading to the iPhone 4 and, consequently, extending their love-hate relationship with AT&T for another twenty-four months. As Verizon looks to ramp up its competitive efforts in the smartphone marketplace in the coming months, it isn't impossible to fathom the carrier pulling such a clever stunt.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bloomberg: Verizon to Offer iPhone in January 2011 started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 63 Comments
    1. flounderasu's Avatar
      flounderasu -
      Quote Originally Posted by phaze2 View Post
      Looks like T-mobile will beat Verizon to the punch. check out T-mobile UK website. They mention on their home page that "iphone 4 coming soon to t-mobile"
      Yes...for the UK. T-Mo runs on the older freq's in the US...
    1. mastuul's Avatar
      mastuul -
      Wouldn't the AT&T iPhones be worth more (in the US at least) since those on Verizon couldn't be unlocked?

      Quote Originally Posted by LordGeek View Post
      I can never see this happening .. Verizon .. come on, they aren't even up to date with todays technology with GSM yet .. I mean, aren't they still screwing around with CDMA technology !!!!

      The iPhone is FAR to advanced for there system, people were worried that the new iPad and more iPhones on AT&T's network was going to cause havoc, which no one saw anything .. AT&T was ready .. now imagine that same flood of technology put on Verizon with there old technology .. BOOM .. LMAO
      Verizon is actually implementing newer technology more quickly and more widespread than AT&T.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      You guys post this same ******* story every week.
      And so does every news and tech news site on the internet. So why can't we post it also?
    1. mlauth's Avatar
      mlauth -
      I hear Sprint is going to get the iphone next.. no wait it was Boost Mobile, no wait it was... ahhh hell who cares.. when it shows up on the carriers website i will believe it.

      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      And so does every news and tech news site on the internet. So why can't we post it also?
      I understand defending your co-part but it should never be, "other people do it". Stand out from the rest. That's why!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cerote View Post
      And so does every news and tech news site on the internet. So why can't we post it also?
      engadget has like 20 articles a day.

      yo
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      We are an Apple and all things Apple website so why would we not post something that comes across the desk.
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      you have a desk?
    1. rottensnoopy's Avatar
      rottensnoopy -
      verizon is also hiring at least 11,000 new hires within the year.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lolcats1 View Post
      you have a desk?

      I have a desk yes but MMi doesn't have a "desk" I guess lol.
    1. Azulfuego's Avatar
      Azulfuego -
      Not going to happen. Apple is actually satisfied with the partnership, and remember AT&T took a risk initially when they took on the iphone. I think Apple actually appreciates that.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Azulfuego View Post
      Not going to happen. Apple is actually satisfied with the partnership, and remember AT&T took a risk initially when they took on the iphone. I think Apple actually appreciates that.
      And who knows Apple may secretly dislike Verizon for turning them down in the first place. Oh what would it be like if they did accept them. Would USA GSM people have to import all their iPhones that would have been released in other countries or would Apple have even made a GSM phone?
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      describe this desk to me
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      insulting the mods will get you somewhere
    1. manintoy's Avatar
      manintoy -
      no matter what carrier the iphone goes, there still an issue with the signal bcuz the way they design the antenna is on the bottom.no problem with ordinary phones.
    1. Pitbull2o08's Avatar
      Pitbull2o08 -
      sorry guys. i received an infraction because i said the word, "assh*le" without specifying who he was, or mentioning names. Modmyi is on a power trip.
      ...i know, i know... ((IRRELEVANT))
    1. clikzip's Avatar
      clikzip -
      Quote Originally Posted by brianlg View Post
      You guys post this same ******* story every week.
      agreed, im over hearing about a verizon iphone untill it comes to light. Untill then, quit speculation

      Quote Originally Posted by Azulfuego View Post
      Not going to happen. Apple is actually satisfied with the partnership, and remember AT&T took a risk initially when they took on the iphone. I think Apple actually appreciates that.
      I dont think they really took a risk, they were selling them for what they were paying for them. Now their selling them for half of what they pay for them..
    1. nhoj_yelbom's Avatar
      nhoj_yelbom -
      verizon sucks, they need to ditch cdma and go to gsm
    1. ericm115's Avatar
      ericm115 -
      iPhone on boost mobile would kill. Unlimited all for like 60 a month. Sounds great. But I sure 107% positive that metro pcs will have the exclusive contract. My sisters friends cousins dad who is a janitor at metro pcs headquarters overheard the cleaning lady. This is official.
    1. dcgore's Avatar
      dcgore -
      The Iphone going to other carries just makes sense. I understand AT&T may have signed a 5 year agreement with apple but i am sure there are clauses in the contract that allow Apple to void or opp out of the contract.
      VZ getting the iphone = more sales for apple and better service for those with At&T, not to mention those with VZ and iphone. In the long run this also means more competition between carries which translantes into better pricing and promotions for the consumer.
    1. Azulfuego's Avatar
      Azulfuego -
      Quote Originally Posted by clikzip View Post
      agreed, im over hearing about a verizon iphone untill it comes to light. Untill then, quit speculation



      I dont think they really took a risk, they were selling them for what they were paying for them. Now their selling them for half of what they pay for them..
      They took a huge risk initially. They spent millions advertising the iphone (initial version) without ever seeing it. They had no idea what they were getting in to.