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  • Verizon iPhone Sales Estimates Through The Roof



    Within the last twenty-four hours, the prospect of a Verizon iPhone has markedly shifted from the "solid rumor" column into the "tentatively factual" category. As a result, analysts are weighing in on the juggernaut sales potential of the Apple smartphone if yesterday's Bloomberg report about the suspected end of AT&T's exclusivity actually manifests at the start of 2011.

    On Wednesday morning, Yair Reiner of Oppenheimer said that Apple could possibly sell an additional 12 million iPhones yearly if Verizon begins to offer coverage in January when, as it now stands, Verizon is most likely to announce a deal with Apple at the Consumer Electronics Show. But as we've seen everywhere from the Bloomberg report to subsequent reader comments on MMi, not everyone is convinced that a Verizon iPhone is a done deal. Not even Reiner, who was careful to point to longstanding rumors and warned against "popping the champagne too early."

    Nonetheless, the sales implications for Apple would be nearly unfathomable if a Verizon deal ultimately pans out. With estimates "through the roof," Apple would generate some $7 billion in incremental revenue from the projected 12 million additional iPhone sales on an annual basis - a projection that some analysts say might actually be "on the low side."

    Presently carried in the US only by AT&T, Apple still managed to sell roughly 11 million iPhones during the past twelve months. Having the opportunity to sell the iPhone to Verizon's sizable base of 83 million subscribers all but certainly looks more appetizing to the powers that be in Cupertino than possibly any other growth strategy imaginable.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon iPhone Sales Estimates Through The Roof started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 76 Comments
    1. ggab's Avatar
      ggab -
      Apple would be dumb not to do this!
    1. HKiller9123's Avatar
      HKiller9123 -
      i'm switching if apple decides to go with the big red
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      I believe it.

      Too bad I just renewed my contract with AT&T... twice...
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      Is there some way to read the News on MMi and not see Messany's continued infatuation with Verizon?
    1. Carrbone's Avatar
      Carrbone -
      LOL I love how people who have no factual proof speculate this nonsense.

      if anything T-mobile will get it noT Verizon...
      why?
      Simple.
      1. T-mobile already does business with APPLE/iphones overseas.
      2. No need for another phone to be developed specifically for CDMA.
      the current one will work fine on T-mobile.

      Apple would be kinda retarded to bring Verizon into the mix.
      So your saying then a Verizon Ipad too.
      Lol u Verizon FanBoys are worse then apple and droid combined.

      Not to mention signing with T-mobile will probably bump Sprint down a notch and bring T-mobile into the Top 3 Carriers here in the US.
    1. adp's Avatar
      adp -
      Here we go again....

      Messany do you ever read the comments to your various Verizon articles? If you did, you'd realize that 90% of the responses are from people who are tired of hearing from rumors and want FACTS from PRIMARY SOURCES (ie. Apple, Verizon) and not some pundit speaking and making rumors/predictions. You have got to stop with this. Every time, it's you.

    1. Nehal3m's Avatar
      Nehal3m -
      I seriously can't wait for this to happen! I just hope that Verizon will be kind to those whose contracts doesn't end by January 2011...
    1. oo3's Avatar
      oo3 -
      If this is true, I'll be switching to Verizon in 2012 when the successor to the iPhone 4 comes out. Unless at&t's service dramatically improves when half of their iPhone subscribers switch over.

      This report is also in line with at&t's decision to allow customers who are eligible to upgrade in 6 months to upgrade now to the iPhone 4.
    1. johnr9412's Avatar
      johnr9412 -
      ya know what i really love? EDGE and the blazing fast speeds it has!!
      ^^of course this is not true! nobody thinks this. well thats what you AT&T people switching to verizon might as well be saying
    1. k.nitsua's Avatar
      k.nitsua -
      Quote Originally Posted by Carrbone View Post
      LOL I love how people who have no factual proof speculate this nonsense.

      if anything T-mobile will get it noT Verizon...
      why?
      Simple.
      1. T-mobile already does business with APPLE/iphones overseas.
      2. No need for another phone to be developed specifically for CDMA.
      the current one will work fine on T-mobile.

      Apple would be kinda retarded to bring Verizon into the mix.
      So your saying then a Verizon Ipad too.
      Lol u Verizon FanBoys are worse then apple and droid combined.

      Not to mention signing with T-mobile will probably bump Sprint down a notch and bring T-mobile into the Top 3 Carriers here in the US.
      Just would like to repeat what I said in a previous VZW iPhone thread...

      Quote Originally Posted by K.Nitsua from another thread View Post
      I believe it.

      1. AT&T loses contractual exclusivity by 2011 unless it is renewed
      2. From a marketing standpoint, Verizon leaking this story does help reduce freelancers need to contract up with AT&T and wait for Verizon
      3. Bloomberg is a highly regarded news outlet with competent and credible sources
      4. Jobs HARDLY mentioned AT&T AT ALL in the last keynote, only mentioned when talked about early upgrades
      5. iPhone going on Verizon makes sense since it's on multiple carriers in EVERY other country EXCEPT the U.S.
      6. FaceTime is probably going to stay restricted from 3G until the load is lifted by a Verizon iPhone mob (and this restriction probably pissed off Apple and was the "last straw")
      7. There is already proof that an Verizon iPhone is in the wild (its mobile browsing was detected).

      So yeah, this story does appear a lot; but it would be stupid NOT to report this story when BLOOMBERG has.
    1. Maerlyn13's Avatar
      Maerlyn13 -
      You guys are already forgetting that Verizon has alreaded stated that the 4G network they are switching to will be LTE. Basically Verizon will be switching to GSM sometime in the near future.. Whether or not the frequencies will be in line with what ATT uses will remain to be seen..
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      The rubber (bumper) makes all the difference!

      LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!

      I don't know what's more humorous safe-talk or iphone abstinence........ DROID!
    1. szfebje's Avatar
      szfebje -
      I highly doubt that Apple will bring an LTE device to market this soon when there will be virtually no coverage, and China wanted a CDMA iPhone, let's not forget that China's CDMA subscribers dwarf both sprint and verizon, and they would see far more money there.

      I highly doubt Apple will push out a CDMA, or LTE in the near future.
    1. Carrbone's Avatar
      Carrbone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Maerlyn13 View Post
      You guys are already forgetting that Verizon has alreaded stated that the 4G network they are switching to will be LTE. Basically Verizon will be switching to GSM sometime in the near future.. Whether or not the frequencies will be in line with what ATT uses will remain to be seen..
      LMAO yea let me see LTE roll out in January...
      Thats like saying you all should have 3D tv's already... whats the hold up?

      @K.Nitsua
      your points are flawed. My 2 points alone negate almost all of yours.
    1. spawn026's Avatar
      spawn026 -
      another launch and yet another rumor. each rumor gains momentum from those that want to believe but they are always let down. This article does a great job at summing everything up

      Verizon iPhone in January? Wait a Minute... - PCWorld
    1. Maerlyn13's Avatar
      Maerlyn13 -
      No, No.. I doubt LTE will roll out soon. Im just saying that its a possibility that that Verizon will switch to GSM first. Just like its a possibility they MAY get the iPhone.. Anything is possible.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      u are all wrong there will be a verizon phone and it will be cdma and once they switch to the LTE then they will change the verizon iPhone. Apples wants that revenue and they will get it cause there gonna go multiple carriers in the very near future
    1. Patato22's Avatar
      Patato22 -
      Verizon user can't stop dream having the iPhone on the red but is not goin to happen any time soon so it's just fake rumor like always!
    1. Maerlyn13's Avatar
      Maerlyn13 -
      Naw, dont have Verizon, and dont like them that much. They always seem to have the worst and ugly phones. Im just saying anything is possible.
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Quote Originally Posted by k.nitsua View Post
      Just would like to repeat what I said in a previous VZW iPhone thread...
      Verizon iPhone out there in the wild?

      Per the post:

      "Before you get all excited, it's important to note that the chart above likely refers to iPhone users connecting via Verizon DSL or FiOS"

      so where else is the proof of a Verizon iPhone in the wild as you pointed out?

      I too think it will be T-Mobile since they will have an iPhone in the UK pretty soon:
      iPhone 4 Coming to T-Mobile in UK