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  • Bloomberg: Verizon iPhone by Valentine's Day


    Bloomberg broke the story on Wednesday evening that Apple will hold one of its grand media events "very soon" - likely on or before Valentine's Day 2011 - to announce a new partnership with Verizon. According to the report, Apple will use this occasion to reveal a new CDMA version of the popular Apple handset - one that is compatible with Verizon's network.

    Customers are expected to stampede to the new pairing, leaving AT&T (T), until now the exclusive U.S. distributor of the iPhone, with an enormous problem.
    It is clear, however, that Apple will not be ending its relationship with AT&T. Instead, Apple will simply be ending its exclusive relationship with AT&T - an agreement that has been in place since the iPhone's 2007 debut. Bloomberg's coverage asserts that Apple's introduction of the Verizon iPhone will not take place at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week as initially thought. This information comes "a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly."

    While many prospective iPhone buyers and current owners are dubious about the carrier expansion, AT&T has not taken any chances during the past twelve months. Like at no time before in the carrier's history, AT&T has been rolling out one promotion after the next to convince subscribers to extend their contracts for another two years. And, for the most part, it's worked. "In part by easing the cost of upgrading to Apple's new iPhone 4," Bloomberg reports, "it enticed 15 million of its 23 million iPhone subscribers to sign new two-year contracts."

    Bloomberg/Businessweek
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Bloomberg: Verizon iPhone by Valentine's Day started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 108 Comments
    1. buzios's Avatar
      buzios -
      Quote Originally Posted by romeo_herman View Post
      Ending its exclusive relationship with AT&T...it's mean can be unlock...right?....
      In all countries where iPhone is unlocked have multiple GSM carriers selling iPhones.

      In the US AT&T will continue to be the only GSM carrier with iPhone.
      I don't think AT&T will want the iPhone to be unlocked.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I wonder if they, too, will have antennae issues?
    1. Tiggerz601's Avatar
      Tiggerz601 -
      Good thing Apple made the iPhone 4 already 4G speed capable, all we pre owners have to do is wait till the carriers update their networks and boom, 4G on iPhone 4 with a simple baseband or ios update! Gotta just love Apple <3
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      Iwill never switch to a CDMA carrier because if I decide to travel out of the country, the phone si worthless since I wouldn't be able to get a SIM where I am. then, if I decide to sell it, I can only sell to other CDMA user instead of selling to anywhere in the world
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tiggerz601 View Post
      Good thing Apple made the iPhone 4 already 4G speed capable, all we pre owners have to do is wait till the carriers update their networks and boom, 4G on iPhone 4 with a simple baseband or ios update! Gotta just love Apple <3
      It is not 4g capable....
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Where have you heard that T-Mobile is going to LTE? I almost hope this happens just so the rumors stop and people quit talking about it. Until Sprint or T-Mobile get the iPhone I could really care less since AT&T and Verizon are the 2 most expensive carriers. Thank god for Android that's all I have to say.
      Yeah D-Town 3G speed is insanely fast. I have 2 towers in my neighborhood alone. I consistently clock over 2.5 mbps in my home. But I only get about 20kb to 100kb back home in Arkansas, which sucks.

      On a side note, Sprints 4G WiMax hear in Dallas is insane. And it covers the whole metroplex. I haven't benchmarked it, but it has to be at least 3.5mbps.

      Quote Originally Posted by domthebigbomb View Post
      It is not 4g capable....
      Well I consider it 3.5g. I have clocked almost 4mbps late a night hear on Dallas's 3g network. If that's not a 4g speed then I don't know what is. Heck, thats faster than most peoples home broadband internet.

      This whole 3g for 4g standard stuff is stupid. All I care about is sheer speed. It sort of reminds me of horsepower wars. A 300hp car can still be a full second faster if its lighter than a 400hp car.
    1. wirimi's Avatar
      wirimi -
      in Mexico already this sale with iusacell is CDMA
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      This whole 3g for 4g standard stuff is stupid. All I care about is sheer speed. It sort of reminds me of horsepower wars. A 300hp car can still be a full second faster if its lighter than a 400hp car.
      But when your paying for "4G" speed and getting something else...kind of a rip. I like to get what I pay for
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by ecd5000 View Post
      i hope this happens, as now i can sit back and watch verizons network crash because of the iphone and how people willbe saying " o i shoulda stayed on att" SUCKERS
      Have you ever been on Verizon? That may be harder than you think... Their network is pretty solid. LTE remains to be seen, though...


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    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      This is all very subjective according to where you live.
      Truth. Good call.


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    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Wait. Are you saying it's a law, but it's just not being enforced?
      When the Cell Phone Rights Bill was put in place (a while back, now), it's my understanding that phone portability between carriers was part of it. And, certainly, in the latest court ruling, in which jailbreaking was found to be legal, it was also put forward that unlocking was as well (I suppose once you paid off your plan). So, yes, to my mind the law is fairly clear but is not being enforced. Lawyers may differ, but the intent of the law seems quite clear.
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      When the Cell Phone Rights Bill was put in place (a while back, now), it's my understanding that phone portability between carriers was part of it. And, certainly, in the latest court ruling, in which jailbreaking was found to be legal, it was also put forward that unlocking was as well (I suppose once you paid off your plan). So, yes, to my mind the law is fairly clear but is not being enforced. Lawyers may differ, but the intent of the law seems quite clear.
      I'm going to take what you said at face value and say well done. If this law is as solid as you say it is, I now feel much better when I lurk in the shadowy alleyways of DFU mode

      Seriously, though... I pay good money for hardware, I want to do what I wish with it.


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    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      Well, jailbreaking is legal. The courts just ruled that was the case. How the makers respond to that is a bit like how the DVD manufacturers deal with our right to make a single fair use back up. It's legal, but they put blockades up so we can't do it easily, and then threaten us for circumventing their blockades. In America, money talks and ordinary people don't hire lobbyists.

      That said, I love going to the Apple Store and showing the workers and "genie" my jailbroken phone. They always smile. No need to hide in the shadows!!

      As far as unlock, I suppose you'd need to let your plan run its course before you did so, because you have entered into an agreement with your carrier to use their services for x amount of time. At the end of that time, you have paid off your "subsidized" phone and it is yours. If you buy a phone at full price, however, then I hold that you should be able to use it with whatever carrier you wish.

      To continue the analogy, I'm a teacher and am now allowed to legally (under that same court ruling) circumvent any copying blockades on any DVD I purchase if I wish to show parts of it in my classroom. That doesn't mean that the DVD makers are presenting me now with copies of DVDs that aren't "protected." I still have to "lurk in the shadows."

      Hopefully a time will come when the millions of cell phone users will have the right to purchase a phone and use it however they wish and with whatever carrier they wish (as the laws seem to suggest we can do now). But until someone takes them to court and makes them change their business plans re jailbreaking and unlocking, this is where we are.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Hey, you guys should be rejoicing: Jahooba will finally get the iPhone = more awesome theming action.
    1. domthebigbomb's Avatar
      domthebigbomb -
      Quote Originally Posted by saunupe1911 View Post
      Well I consider it 3.5g. I have clocked almost 4mbps late a night hear on Dallas's 3g network. If that's not a 4g speed then I don't know what is. Heck, thats faster than most peoples home broadband internet.
      Is that megabits or megabytes
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I don't want a CDMA phone...what are the benefits?? Every time i want to make a change to my physical phone, I would have to bring it to an authorized Verizon dealer....NO THANKS!! Thats why i'll stick with the GSM or next the UMTS technology, as it is easier to manipulate and change. If i want to go out of the country and use a prepaid chip...gee wiz i can...hahahaha but not with CDMA it's very limited in my eyes :]
    1. one1's Avatar
      one1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      I'm not really sure what that means, but the mod edits are running ramped tonight... I'm guessing a quote from the 1st amendment would get edited as well?
      This isn't the united states of modmyi, you have no rights, you have no amendment, you are on privately owned property. If ya dont like it.......................
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Quote Originally Posted by domthebigbomb View Post
      Is that megabits or megabytes
      megabits
    1. Snozberries's Avatar
      Snozberries -
      Quote Originally Posted by EmmanuelFuentes View Post
      Uhhhh, and maybe along with the white iPhone?
      the white iphone4 ... IS DEAD!! SO lets let it die peacefully... sheesh.

      Quote Originally Posted by Nielsenius View Post
      So, based on the picture can I conclude that Verizon customers will be receiving the iPhone 3G running 2.x? I feel sorry for them.

      But seriously, talk is cheap and this rumor needs to end.
      it's a MESSany ...
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      I really don't see CDMA data as an issue, mostly because the only time I will be using internet is with wifi, and even if I do have to use the 3G Internet during a call ill just say "call you right back". It's not a big deal, people