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  • Verizon Wants The iPhone! Is This The Moment of Truth?


    It's seems like we've been talking about a possible Verizon iPhone ever since Verizon took a pass on the device better than three years ago - a decision that ushered in the era of AT&T's iPhone exclusivity. It's hard to believe (insert sarcasm here), but the prospect of the iPhone migrating over to Verizon territory is once again being talked about today. But this time it isn't the over-hyped bloggers of the world wide web responsible for the hype. This time, the buzz comes directly from the words spoken by Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg.

    The Associated Press is reporting that Seidenberg has explicitly told Apple that he wants Verizon to get the iPhone. The Verizon chief explained his wishes today before the Council on Foreign Relations. What isn't clear, however, is how recently this entreaty was made. Was it a week ago? A year ago? Or did "Ivan the Great" wake up this morning and call Steve Jobs personally with the good news? We don't yet know the answer to this burning question - just as we're yet to discover if the iPhone is about to join the Verizon network.

    Of course, we may finally get our answer on Thursday as Apple is preparing to introduce the new iPhone OS. Many are expecting AT&T's exclusive deal to end this summer in conjunction with the 4th gen iPhone's arrival. A new iPhone may very well call for a new carrier. If Apple is game - and we know Verizon is - the iPhone could very well find its new home to be the place that originally shunned it when the now ultra-popular smartphone was "untested."

    Apple's iPhone OS 4.0 preview event will take place at 10 a.m. Pacific on Thursday. Will this be the moment of truth for the "Verizon iPhone"? We'll know in 48 hours.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Wants The iPhone! Is This The Moment of Truth? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 67 Comments
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      keep us posted
    1. PlatoTheForms's Avatar
      PlatoTheForms -
      lol is it a blogger's strategy for getting replies that quote you saying "you have typos", which still counts as a reply, so your thread is bumped?...like I just did.
    1. subywrex's Avatar
      subywrex -
      I don't know why people think that the iPhone will drop in price if it goes to another carrier. The carriers would not decide the price. Apple would never give that provledge of degrading a product like that.

      The funny thing is. Everytime verizon comes out with a new iPhone killer. Guess what happens. It's not and a few months later what do you always see. Buy one get one smart phone like the droid for free. They might as well say this phone sucks so much we Will give you one free.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Quote Originally Posted by subywrex View Post
      I don't know why people think that the iPhone will drop in price if it goes to another carrier. The carriers would not decide the price. Apple would never give that provledge of degrading a product like that....
      It not about the cost of the phone. It's about choice.

      Give ME the option to buy my phone at a reasonable price and allow ME to pick my carrier!! I'll pick one that BEST suits MY needs rather than being locked and forced into ONE carrier just to get my preferred phone handset.

      The rest of the world does it this way. Grow up USA and join the world.
    1. carlos916's Avatar
      carlos916 -
      So im just a bit curious.. if iphone goes to verizon.. can we still talk and surf da web at the same time?
    1. Effenpig!'s Avatar
      Effenpig! -
      ^read up?

      "ATT commercials tout the ability to talk at the same time you use the web. This is simply not possible on a CDMA network so ATT will have a field day pointing out how the iPhone on their network has more features than the iPhone on VZW"
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I hope it's not true because I want my friend to get the Nexus One when it comes to Verizon. But if Apple gives it to Verizon this summer, he'll get that instead.

      And he can keep his iPod touch just like I'm using my 3GS as an iPod.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      I hope it's not true because I want my friend to get the Nexus One when it comes to Verizon. But if Apple gives it to Verizon this summer, he'll get that instead.

      And he can keep his iPod touch just like I'm using my 3GS as an iPod.
      There's a very slim chance of that happening. The nexus one will be obsolete when the 4G gets here this summer
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      iPhone on Verizon will NEVER happen until CDMA is capable of data and voice at the same time. end of story. why would apple go back a step with Verizon when they are getting ready to release multi-tasking support????
    1. southfrisco's Avatar
      southfrisco -
      One of the most popular phones on the market and a carrier that doesn't have it in their lineup wants it? That is news?
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I would not buy a Verizon iPhone. There is too many times that I browse the web or run a data application while on a phone call. Verizon's technology does not all this function on their network.

      Also, I think the 4th gen iPhone is already done and needs a great deal of testing. If this was coming out on Verizon only, it would screw over so many loyal customers who have dealt with ATT just for the iPhone.

      I just don't see it happening for the June launch.
    1. mvhurlburt's Avatar
      mvhurlburt -
      4G LTE is a GSM standard and will not be compatible with the CDMA standard used on the U.S. I believe sprint has engineered WiMax to there network. CDMA did have a 4G roadmap but it was scrapped in favor of the LTE roadmap....point being is CDMA is becoming more and more irellevant and Apple will likely wait for Verizon to become compatible with there hardware, not the other way around. Historically that does tend to be Apples style, I doubt they will support two revisions of the same product as it will destroy the continuity in hardware and in some instance the users experience....all that's just the tip of the ice burg however beyond technical issues Apple will have to overcome politcal issues with verizon. Just my two cents.
    1. Ticko's Avatar
      Ticko -
      Quote Originally Posted by reznor9 View Post
      damn. I was hoping for an tmobile version. I love my tmobile. But hate all their phones. Customer service is excellent though.
      agreed!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      300th post
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      **EDIT CPJR - Useless**
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I can only imagine how the people from VZW that told apple no years ago feel now...

      Serves them right, I have never seen such a greedy phone company as verizon.
    1. myworld's Avatar
      myworld -
      From BGR:-

      Verizon Wireless teases employees (and us) Boy Genius Report



      One of our connects just dropped this in our inbox, and coincidentally, it looks like it went out internally to a lot of Verizon Wireless employees. What are we betting on? HTC Incredible? BlackBerry Bold 9650? Apple iPad 3GS?



      This is on BGR that Verizon has something big coming out soon with Codename: 6
      May be Iphone tomorrow..???
    1. iphonesolutionz's Avatar
      iphonesolutionz -
      Well see what happens, hopefully Verizon well get it. Although I dont like that you cant use the web while in a call, might stick to at&t for that feature.
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      lol verizon is kicking themselve on all the money they have lost out on
    1. doitchinkstyle's Avatar
      doitchinkstyle -
      How is the iphone going to verizon when they don't even use sim cards? And uh idk if you guys realize this but apple did announce that the 3G model ipads are going to be with AT&T. It wouldn't make much sense now to decide to switch to verizon would it?