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  • Verizon: "Wednesday is a Big Day," Apple: AT&T a "Great Partner"

    The "iPhone is coming to Verizon OMG OMG" rumor has in many ways seemed poised to overtake the "thing starting with T" rumor ahead of tomorrow's Apple event, the purpose of which has been shrouded in secrecy. Anonymous reports surfaced last week about Verizon being in last-minute talks with Apple, one of Boy Genius's inside sources allegedly claims that Verizon store managers have been told to prepare for an announcement via webcast tomorrow. At the same time, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook took the opportunity yesterday to praise AT&T and downplay rumors of a second iPhone carrier in the US.

    Boy Genius, who's had a few successes in getting good leaks, just passed on a whisper from one of his sources inside Verizon.

    One of our connects just told us that Verizon Wireless has a “kick off” event in the beginning of every quarter that covers and goes over new things that are in the pipeline like devices, products, services, etc. for store managers. Except, this kick off is coincidentally on this coming Wednesday, and additionally, we’ve been informed there will be a “live webcast” that everyone attending will be viewing around 1PM ET.
    For its part, Apple - having announced record profits for the holiday season - gave strong public backing to its exclusive US carrier yesterday, and sought to discourage any assumption that Apple had made up its mind to go with multiple carriers in the US as it has in numerous other countries. "I don't want to imply that would happen in every market or that we are headed that way in every market," Apple COO Tim Cook said. Gene Munster, a prominent analyst with Piper Jaffray, had a question with a bit of an edge to it, asking "can you remind us the benefits of sticking with a single carrier in the US?" Cook dodged the barb, saying "AT&T is a great partner," and reminding listeners that "they have more mobile broadband usage than any carrier in the world." He asserted that AT&T's efforts to improve their service has met with Apple's approval.

    We think iPhone customers are having a great experience from the research we've done. AT&T has acknowledged they're having a few issues in a few cities and they're making plans to address these. We've reviewed these plans and we're confident they'll make significant progress towards fixing them.
    While most analysts agree that Apple is likely to move to a second and possibly third carrier after its exclusivity deal with AT&T expires sometime later this year, the assumption is that Apple will continue to sell the iPhone through the largest wireless carrier in the United States.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon: "Wednesday is a Big Day," Apple: AT&T a "Great Partner" started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 39 Comments
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      i cant wait until tomorrow so everyone saying that the iphone has gone verizon can shut up, its not gonna happen regardless of what boy wonder...im sorry boy genius claims to know. write that down
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      So 4.0 os will only be for the 3g 3gs like snowleopard can't go on PowerPC macs so the 2g will remain unlocked
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by pacmac View Post
      This is good if true will have to wait and see..at least it will take off the hard 3G sucking on AT&T 3G network..but wait verizon don't let you talk and surf the web at the same time.....
      yes, because all the 3G usage so far has been while people have been talking and surfing at the same time...
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      I hate Verizon, their 3G network is as fast as AT&T EDGE is... If I wanted EDGE internet speeds I'd go to T-Mobile and get a plan cheaper than both AT&T and Verizon.

      You might be retarded. Just saying.

      Faster than any iPhone I ever owned.
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      AT&T FTW!!! hopefully
    1. ks503's Avatar
      ks503 -
      Quote Originally Posted by SquareWheel View Post
      All I have to say is, iPhone firmware 4.0 or STFU.
    1. kmcd9574's Avatar
      kmcd9574 -
      the fact that I use my iPhone (on t-mobile) for my job, doing my in-field report writing, recieving data from my employer, to scene video/pitcure/audio recordings. at $24.99 a month.
      I am hoping for an iPhoneOS tablet will be on multi-carriers. I use Sprint for my business line with a Palm-Pre.
      I would have it FLASHED and PWN'ed ASAP. iPhone+work+time= MONEY
    1. DMT's Avatar
      DMT -
      cant wait to find out if the rumors are true....
    1. H078's Avatar
      H078 -
      It does not seem feasible from business point to put CDMA radios in the phones here in US and GSM radios for rest of the world. Also lots of people buying a phone count on that phone to work overseas in Europe, Asia or simply on vacation in Mexico for that matter. Also losing the functionality of AT&T talk 'n surf 3G would be insanity for the device like iPhone....
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Quote Originally Posted by xxhorseriderxxx View Post
      I hate Verizon, their 3G network is as fast as AT&T EDGE is... If I wanted EDGE internet speeds I'd go to T-Mobile and get a plan cheaper than both AT&T and Verizon.
      Or just stay with AT&T....
    1. dmtrack18's Avatar
      dmtrack18 -
      they didnt announce no verizon deal...
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -

    1. HAVOKGT's Avatar
      HAVOKGT -
      So are we getting the 4.0 os anytime soon?? Glad they didnt announce any verizon deal, verizon sucks!! way too overpriced.. slow data speeds.
    1. ibby03's Avatar
      ibby03 -
      Isn't that funny no deal with V-Dub just another with att... Speculations, rumors, and theorists are all dooped! Lol good stuff, att FTW
    1. StevenB's Avatar
      StevenB -
      Guess it was a big day for Verizon:

      Verizon to cut 13,000 jobs, posts fourth-quarter loss - Jan. 26, 2010
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
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      DMT -
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by StevenB View Post
      They also did it in 2009.

      This is not a funny news. People lost their jobs. More American families will have to suffer.
    1. DMT's Avatar
      DMT -
      2013 they will release da iphone for verizon lol...