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  • Verizon: No iPhone "In the Immediate Future"

    The news of a Verizon spokesperson's flat statement that the carrier has "no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future" has been met with a mix of disappointment and frustration. Disappointment, because many had been hoping for a CDMA iPhone at next week's Worldwide Developers Conference, a possibility that looks as if it's been definitively quashed. Frustration because there's about a mile of wiggle room in the phrase "immediate future." Horizons are very short in the tech world, and "immediate" could mean anything from a month to a year or more. Bottom line: the Verizon iPhone rumors may never die.

    Reports/rumors in recent months had converged on a fairly consistent set of possibilities. First, that Apple was working on a CDMA2000 phone at all. Daring Fireball's John Gruber, whose Apple sources are top-level and who is usually the first to pour cold water on most rumors, maintains that Apple has had a CDMA "skunkworks" inside the company from the very beginning. Second, that any CDMA iPhone wouldn't make an appearance until the end of this year or even early 2011. Even the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine jumped on the Digitimes report that Apple had placed an order with Pegatron for 10 million CDMA iPhones, with Cupertino money starting to roll in by "August or September." That would put the phone on track for delivery around the holiday season.

    John Johnson, the Verizon spokesman, pivots smoothly in the interview from dismissing the iPhone rumors to loudly singing the praises of Android. The carrier now offers five Android phones, including the highly-regarded HTC Incredible, and plans to add more to its line. Some pundits have attributed Verizon's very public embrace of Android as a sharp stick in the eye of Steve Jobs, as long-rumored negotiations between Apple and the largest wireless carrier in the US continue.

    Jobs himself noted at the D8 conference earlier this week that "there might be" a possibility of additional US carriers for the iPhone. However - in a statement oddly parallel to Verizon's announcement - added that "the future is long. I canít talk about that stuff."

    And the rumor mill churns on.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon: No iPhone "In the Immediate Future" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 35 Comments
    1. mudrock1000's Avatar
      mudrock1000 -
      Stop your complaining. Sprint is a very good network and Idk why people attack them. Sprint has crappy phones, not a crappy network.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by mudrock1000 View Post
      Stop your complaining. Sprint is a very good network and Idk why people attack them. Sprint has crappy phones, not a crappy network.
      Uh, we are talking about Verizon here?
    1. suicidesam's Avatar
      suicidesam -
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      No verizon iPhone. Done.
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      HAHAHAHA Finally!!!!
      @Happy Noodle Boy: 100% AGREED!
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      May not happen now but probably later.... its just a matter of time.
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Every single touchscreen I've ever used since owning an iPhone feels incredibly clunky, sluggish, and inaccurate.
    1. Hyperextension's Avatar
      Hyperextension -
      ALL cell carriers bend you over and F*&K you the same way!! No matter who you are with, you are getting it fed to you however and whenever THEY like it. Luckily here in Canada we have more than one carrier to choose from when it comes to the iPhone. I have used all the major carriers in Canada at one point or other in my life (currently with Rogers for about 10 years now) and they are all the same. I have never noticed a big difference in quality and the customer service SUCKS at each and every one of them.

      We are all consumers and unfortunately, we all get fed the same crap from each carrier, and if you want a cell phone, you have to grin and bear it.
    1. Teoyaomqui's Avatar
      Teoyaomqui -
      This is the saddest announcement Yet. Now we get to keep all the crybabies.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      When it comes to verizons people will ask for it on sprint
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by happy noodle boy View Post
      now let us never speak of it again
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Whats so funny about this is verizon fan boys are still anticipating the iphone is gonna be released in the future. Verizon BLOWS so does AT&T (but at&t is way better than crap VERIZON) glad i am being stationed in ITALY for 3 YEARS so i dont have to deal with them! Hello VODAPHONE and T-Mobile Europe!
    1. ro0oney's Avatar
      ro0oney -
      guess it was a rumor after all!
      'that's all folks"<
    1. jaminmc's Avatar
      jaminmc -
      Quote Originally Posted by CMOSlabs View Post
      Why would people want to take a step back in technology and go to CDMA ?
      Technically, HSPA is CDMA, infact GSM was still in the stone ages of TDMA till 3G came alone. HSPA is basically CDMA with GSM protocols, and without Qualcom Licensing. That is why is is also called WCDMA. They also made it to do simultaneous voice and Data. Somthing that CDMA2000 EVDV was going to do iy too, but since it took more hardware to upgrade the towers, EVDO became the standard that is CDMA2000 today. Sprint was originally going to go with EVDV...

      The reason why the GSM providers in the States are still not 3G is rural areas where there isn't much population is because they basically have to run 2 different systems at each tower. One that is TDMA based, and the other that is CDMA based. Then once LTE comes into effect, they will have to add a 3rd type of technology.

      CDMA is still being revised, just like HSPA. First there was 1xrtt that did 144k up and down. Then there was EVDO Rev 0 which was 3m Down max (Usually only got up to 1.5 in real world) with 144 K up. Then came Rev A, which has 3 Meg down, and 1.5 up (Real world is close to half that usually.) Then Rev B will increase the data throughput up to 73.5 Mbps in the forward link and 27 Mbps in the reverse link. Who knows what the real works performance of that will be...
    1. dwightmcc's Avatar
      dwightmcc -
      And this folks, is why AT&T is doing away with the unlimited plan... They know you can't go anywhere til newyears so they are going to GOUGE us for the next seven months. But then Daniel-son, I will "wax-on...wax-off"!!!