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  • Apple Giving 4G iPhone a Try on Verizon?

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    If you're thinking this has to be just a rumor (like I think it is) you're not alone. But a lot of people are talking about a claim that has surfaced on various Apple and Mac-related websites.

    This morning, 9to5Mac afforded further coverage to a story that is still developing, but one that suggests a possible collaboration between Apple and Verizon.

    This news, of course, is somewhat suspect as it comes on the heels of Verizon's new Droid campaign that simply eviscerates the iPhone and lays into Apple every bit as much as it does AT&T.

    Verizon may be aggressively targeting Apple’s iPhone with its latest Droid ad campaign, but that doesn’t mean the company isn’t attempting to woo Cupertino, at least so it appears on report the next-gen iPhone is already being tested on Verizon’s network.
    The report first surfaced on FoneFrenzy.com and claimed that Verizon Wireless CEO, Lowell McAdam, is no stranger to Cupertino as he has allegedly paid more than a few visits to Apple, adding that "Apple is testing a CDMA iPhone on the Verizon 4G LTE network."
    “The tests have been taking place for the last couple of months and but with no confirmation on the release date,” this report claims.
    Although it sounds like an out-and-out rumor, you never know. Naturally, it make sense to get on board 4G as quickly as possible, as AT&T’s 3G coverage continues to be weighed down by data demands and unbridled iPhone expansion. If Verizon stays ahead of AT&T on developing a sound 4G infrastructure, it would make smart business sense for Apple to shy away from extending its exclusive agreement with AT&T.

    Are we getting ahead of ourselves with this speculation? Definitely. But - true or false - the web is buzzing today with talk of Apple's rumored beneath-the-radar teamwork with AT&T.

    All this must be put through the other recent claims that Apple and AT&T have hitched up an extension of their existing exclusivity, which could make for no deal detente between Apple and Verizon at this time. Also, we're by no means certain of the veracity of the Fone Frenzy claim.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Giving 4G iPhone a Try on Verizon? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 44 Comments
    1. amartyca's Avatar
      amartyca -
      now i know know verizon is currently a cdma network but from everything i have read the new lte network is going to be gsm based so why would apple be testing a cdma iphone on a gsm network?
    1. loveandbooze's Avatar
      loveandbooze -
      Quote Originally Posted by khaoticsquirrel View Post
      After all the problems that I have with AT&T, I would gladly switch to VZW. If VZW comes out with 4G technology that is significantly better coverage and a lot sooner than AT&T is able to put out, I don't see why Apple wouldn't expand their product to other carriers. I doubt they are going to be holding a grudge like junior-high girls and refuse billions of dollars because VZW said something mean about them...
      I just switched to AT & T. I miss Verizon'a customer service, but couldn't afford the termination fees.

      In 2 years though, if Apple does go to Verizon, then I will switch. *sigh* I don't have an opinion on what is going on, but I will keep my fingers crossed for the Verizon and Apple pair!
    1. l0k0's Avatar
      l0k0 -
      I dont think Apple is worried that much about VW. Beings ATTs 4G network will be up and running sooner than they expected. plus IF apple did run with VW also, i dont think they would drop ATT all together. Simple fact is selling with 2 companies is better than selling with one company, LoL
    1. vice86's Avatar
      vice86 -
      I've been with VZW for the past 11 years...of course one week after I early terminate and go to ATT for the iPhone, I see all these DROID commercials now and how cool its gonna be..lol. I hope the droid phones suck only for the fact that I'll be really pissed if come November they actually ARE "iphone killers". If I new about Droid before terminating..I would have stuck it out for another month to see what comes out in Novmever. My contract was due in Feb '10 so i had to pay 80.00 terminate fee.