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  • Did AT&T 'Screw' Verizon Out of the iPhone for 2010?



    For the last six months, we've been hammered with a seemingly incessant barrage of stories about the iPhone coming to the Verizon network in 2010. As of today, however, it now appears that this dream held by many will not become a reality - at least not during the envisioned 2010 time frame. But it no longer appears that the prospect of a Verizon iPhone was just talk. In fact, sources are reporting that the iPhone almost found a home on Verizon this year.

    Then came the iPad.

    According to Wall Street analyst Brian Marshall, AT&T likely worked out a "stellar deal" with Apple over the iPad in order to secure an extension to their iPhone exclusivity pact. And, somewhere in the shuffle, Apple's (rumored) ongoing talks with Verizon stalled. In return for a relatively inexpensive slate of iPad data plans through AT&T, Apple may - as some speculate - have agreed to a six month extension of the iPhone's exclusivity agreement.

    As a result, if the iPhone is ever to call the Verizon Wireless network home, it won't - or can't - happen until well into 2011. And, apparently, it's a deal Apple was happy to make in exchange for AT&T's well received data plans: a $15/month plan for 250MB of data and an unlimited plan for $30/month. Best of all for AT&T, however, is that the carrier can keep the iPhone all to itself as the 4th generation iPhone rolls out this summer and likely becomes the hottest smartphone of 2010.

    So did Verizon get "screwed" out of a deal with Apple - one that was apparently close to a done deal - by the last minute angling of AT&T over the iPad? No one knows but the powers that be for sure. But don't expect to see the iPhone on Verizon until, at earliest, the first quarter of 2011.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Did AT&T 'Screw' Verizon Out of the iPhone for 2010? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 57 Comments
    1. bbillh77's Avatar
      bbillh77 -
      ha ha I am not a big fan of Verizon but a earlier post said the only one to get hurt by the verizon iPhone would be AT&T. but if it lowers prices or speeds up the AT&T network let it go. Choice is good I am wondering how Verizon will handle the load
    1. scooby4's Avatar
      scooby4 -
      It would hav been nice to see an iphone on verizon
    1. DisneyRicky's Avatar
      DisneyRicky -
      I want it on Verizon so bad!
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -
      I just sold my iPhone for an iPad and switched to verizon for my cell service. Hope the iPhone happens for VZ next year.
    1. The Maestro's Avatar
      The Maestro -
      We've heard about this since the second iPhone, this is now the fourth I would like to see it happen

      Apple knows 1 carrier is stupid, ecspecially in a country were your free to pick
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I'm on att and i want it to come to Verizon because Att's network is still bogged down no matter what they say. We pay $120 a month for 700 minutes and a bunch of dropped calls.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      And the cycle continues...
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.... same ol story, same ol song and dance!

      I like at&t, like the iPhone, win win for me!! V can have it for all I care... only issue is then all the V people will come on here and whine about how they can't do this or that or V service sucks blah blah blah. No matter what provider they use it won't make them happy.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rkswat View Post
      ZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzz.... same ol story, same ol song and dance!

      I like at&t, like the iPhone, win win for me!! V can have it for all I care... only issue is then all the V people will come on here and whine about how they can't do this or that or V service sucks blah blah blah. No matter what provider they use it won't make them happy.

      Verizon sucks, its just like anything you have people who love love love them, and you people that hate them, i for one would like to see a T-mobile version of the iPhone so you can use the 3G speeds. But i am ok with AT&T but i do get dropped calls here and there. But not enough to complain about it. Screw you verizon and your Data plans!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      I think AT&T wants more money from the iPhones.
    1. eZStaR's Avatar
      eZStaR -
      Although Version is costlier, they do have the best 3G network. So yes, I guess it would be nice to have iPhone on Version.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      Quote Originally Posted by eZStaR View Post
      Although Version is costlier, they do have the best 3G network. So yes, I guess it would be nice to have iPhone on Version.
      as well as the slowest.
    1. agentfubu's Avatar
      agentfubu -
      I'm on ATT and never have problems with dropped calls or bad service. My phone is always more reliable than my friends' phones.

      I think it has to do more with the area than the provider itself.
    1. deathbybunnies6's Avatar
      deathbybunnies6 -
      haha verizon sucks
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      old news
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Before the ipad I was thinking that AT&T needed to do something to secure the iPhone as theirs and only theirs, I guess this worked pretty well
    1. mactwisted's Avatar
      mactwisted -
      now, if we could just get apple and att to work under the table together on cell coverage areas...
    1. dbizzy1's Avatar
      dbizzy1 -
      What people don't understand is that Verizon has an inferior network to AT&T...I would love to see how it does on the Verizon network because it will in all likelihood cripple they're network, which is already feeling the brunt of the droid at way less a saturation rate....the plot thickens.
    1. JoeStorm's Avatar
      JoeStorm -
      Everyone (generally, not specifically people in this thread) seems to forget that verizon had the iPhone and they turned it down.
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      i dont get why apple would say no to 80 some million customers in exchange for att 3g on the iPad. i know its only for 6 months if this is true. Maybe its just because im with verizon and i want the iphone back.