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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. iBwizzle's Avatar
      iBwizzle -
      As of now... I'm like what ever about the iPhone. While this might be the hottest phone out, I simply don't care. Why? Because everybody has the iPhone now. I'll be honest with you; I miss the attention I use to receive when it first came out. Back in July 2007, I, was, the, only, student, with, the iPhone at my college. The more people I see with it, the less interested I become with it. The phone is losing it's 'cool'. I just hope AT&T pick up the HTC HD2 so I can swap my sim back and forth.
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      Quote Originally Posted by klxsitouchhelp View Post
      The FCC wouldn't and cant do that.
      not likely but yes they can , as an example :

      The breakup of AT&T was initiated by the filing in 1974 by the U.S. Department of Justice of an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T.
    1. youngbrammer's Avatar
      youngbrammer -
      Quote Originally Posted by LGgeek View Post
      not likely but yes they can , as an example :

      The breakup of AT&T was initiated by the filing in 1974 by the U.S. Department of Justice of an antitrust lawsuit against AT&T.

      Ha, my Dad worked for AT&T one day then that happened. Then he worked for SBC and left before SBC bought AT&T a few years ago.

      He told me basic AT&T policy is let other groups test out stuff and, if it works, do it themselves because they are so big they can catch up easy. An example is the online version of the Yellow Pages.

      I don't think the iPhone would go to Verizon anytime soon, but if AT&T keeps that policy up and takes forever to get a 4G network, who knows what'll happen.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      If Verizon can poke a stick in Apple's eye and still get a contract with them, that would mean that Verizon is in a good position to dictate terms. Perhaps Verizon is riding the wave of customers that are unhappy with AT&T in order to achieve some leverage. Verizon, after all, has the other half of the nation's cellular population... it's the next logical step for Apple.

      My opinion is hardly informed, however
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Ick. I don't think there would be many of us happy here when iTunes and App Store are replaced by "GET IT NOW" =D Just kidding.

      Honestly, I don't know why Apple would put the money into engineering a completely different model of phone just for ONE carrier, in ONE country. GSM is the standard around the world, and that's why Apple is able to retail the phone in 90-some countries. I'd imagine them heading for T-Mobile before Verizon ANY day. One look on this site shows how many T-Mobile users are already using the iPhone, and if it was made official, that userbase would surely multiply.

      However, I can't see the iPhone going to T-Mobile until their 3G network becomes SOMEWHAT reliable (in other words, available in more than about 5 square meters throughout the U.S. I kid, I kid, but in a city like Pittsburgh, I would expect a little better support from the Big Pink.

      EDIT: My mistake. Apparently we, in fact, DO have 3G coverage here now. Would you look at that. And I didn't even notice.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Didn't google and tmobile try this open source idea with the G1
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      If this going to happen all the other companys would be jumping at it. But I doudt this
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Actually, from what I understand Verizon is required to use any handset that uses compatible technology on their new 4G spectrum as part of the deal that they worked out in buying it. This means that even if the iPhone 4G isn't sold through Verizon, they have to allow their customers to use it. (I do not know if this applies to all 4G networks in the U.S. or only Verizon though)

      But it also means that all 4G devices must be able to operate on other carriers as well.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      It's not going to happen people. I mean SERIOUSLY.. Verizon has their own flagship device and it's From Motorola with Android. End of story. With backing from the cash cow Verizon there is no doubt in my mind that they can move millions of these devices.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by iBwizzle View Post
      As of now... I'm like what ever about the iPhone. While this might be the hottest phone out, I simply don't care. Why? Because everybody has the iPhone now. I'll be honest with you; I miss the attention I use to receive when it first came out. Back in July 2007, I, was, the, only, student, with, the iPhone at my college. The more people I see with it, the less interested I become with it. The phone is losing it's 'cool'. I just hope AT&T pick up the HTC HD2 so I can swap my sim back and forth.
      So you are one of those douches that buys things just for the attention they get you? Bravo.

      Quote Originally Posted by n00neimp0rtant View Post
      Ick.

      Honestly, I don't know why Apple would put the money into engineering a completely different model of phone just for ONE carrier, in ONE country. GSM is the standard around the world, and that's why Apple is able to retail the phone in 90-some countries.
      The average reader here is American and to Americans all that matters is America. They can't see beyond this. +1 for realizing something that most do not.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      So you are one of those douches that buys things just for the attention they get you? Bravo.



      The average reader here is American and to Americans all that matters is America. They can't see beyond this. +1 for realizing something that most do not.
      Ain't that the truth! +2 for realizing it. I travel back and forth to Canada so when i'm there i just insert my rogers SIM card and done! no overages from att!
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      So you are one of those douches that buys things just for the attention they get you? Bravo.



      The average reader here is American and to Americans all that matters is America. They can't see beyond this. +1 for realizing something that most do not.
      +3
    1. supershags2005's Avatar
      supershags2005 -
      We don't even have a GSM network here in Japan. We have a comparable PCD network that the iPhone works on, it's a little faster and more reliable, but you can't use an American iPhone on the network unless it's unlocked, even with an official iPhone sim from here it won't work. I wish they would fix that.
    1. SAVAGE5's Avatar
      SAVAGE5 -
      That'd be pretty sweet. I hate AT&T. I can't wait to switch.
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      I guess we just have to wait and see but I wanna know if verizons 3g network is what they show on there map if so WTF AT&T!
    1. rioswag's Avatar
      rioswag -
      what about t-mobile i heard they have more people using the iphone on their network than att does, would they ever get it
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Quote Originally Posted by rioswag View Post
      what about t-mobile i heard they have more people using the iphone on their network than att does, would they ever get it
      i lol'd

      More people (obviously) are on ATT but there is a good amount of users on T-Mobile, maybe half a million. Pretty good for an unsupported device.
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Verizon wouldn't be bad for the iPhone. I realize that its probably not going to happen, especially after the Droid campaign but while AT&T has the fastest 3G network, its by far not the one with the best coverage. So if you get 3G where you live, great, go with AT&T. But they don't provide service where I live while Verizon has 3G for miles around. So I'm not saying Apple should LEAVE AT&T. But relax their exclusivity so that Verizon is included too. Many, many more people would jump on board then and it would be HUGE growth for the iPhone.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rioswag View Post
      what about t-mobile i heard they have more people using the iphone on their network than att does, would they ever get it
      T-Mobile? lol that's like the bottom of the barrel right there. Their network is way too primitive to be given a chance. They have 3g in like 4 states prob idk.. but the expansion of 3g for t-mobile is very small. And every iphone user on that network is running on edge..so lame. But i guess they don't have a need for data. I only see verizon as the next best thing but i still don't think it's gonna happen.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      The expansion of T-Mobile 3G is rapidly happening, they are about to cover 200 million pops at the end of the year and their towers are only in need of a software upgrade for 21mbps HSPA. AT&T has maybe 2x more coverage? Not impressive for a company with a major headstart.