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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. cory's Avatar
      cory -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      Not hurting my feelings..... I am not going to tolerate any rude comments about our writers.
      I have seen pages and pages of a discussion about an app turn into a race war on here and this is the battle you choose to fight?

      I'm out.

      I never spoke down about him, but just made a comment about "mod edit"... there I saved you the trouble.
    1. dino22's Avatar
      dino22 -
      here in mexico, iusacell is selling the cdma version of iphone 4
    1. auh's Avatar
      auh -
      Personally I'm just gonna switch to Simple Mobile. I have an international unlocked phone and even though I won't get 3G speeds, I'll get unlimited EVERYTHING for 60 bucks a month
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by dino22 View Post
      here in mexico, iusacell is selling the cdma version of iphone 4
      are they selling bridges too?
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Quote Originally Posted by cory View Post
      I have seen pages and pages of a discussion about an app turn into a race war on here and this is the battle you choose to fight?

      I'm out.

      I never spoke down about him, but just made a comment about "mod edit"... there I saved you the trouble.
      I am sorry this is no battle... we have rules on MMi and one is to respect other members is all... I do not battle... it is not my behavior.
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Quote Originally Posted by whereswaldo View Post
      Bloomberg: Verizon iPhone by Valintine's day
      The rest of MMi: Shut up
      Hahaha! I agree
    1. coolguy742's Avatar
      coolguy742 -
      Good golly! Just read all the comments and there is a LOT of Mod edits (not that it's a bad thing tho)(tehe, I used old people profanity!)
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Freedom of speech does not apply to every single place. This is a privately owned site. You cannot start a random protest inside a business or start yelling things inside a business. It is considered trespassing. To protest some place you need permits. So free speech is right but there are boundries to it.


      Please can we go stick to topic.
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      The best part is that ATT still has access to the devices, not because I like the network (I use verizon), but because of competition for pricing. It will keep the phone from getting crazy expensive

      hopefully this also means sprint unlocks soon...(not that I care, but it's good to have a variety of choices for networks)
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Personally, i really hope there is a Verizon iPhone. I have been wanting an iPhone for a long time now (ever since they introduced the 3G) but have been unable to get one because AT&T simply provides no service where I live. I had suffered through watching my dad get first the 3G and then just last week the iPhone 4 from his work (Sunbelt Rentals) as well as both his and my mom's offices going Mac. So now whenever i go visit my mom at her work all I really see is the the 27" iMac sitting on her desk, right next to the iPad So PLEASE Bloomberg, don't be making this up.
    1. rayzeur22's Avatar
      rayzeur22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by auh View Post
      Personally I'm just gonna switch to Simple Mobile. I have an international unlocked phone and even though I won't get 3G speeds, I'll get unlimited EVERYTHING for 60 bucks a month
      You sound like an advertisement
    1. staterunner180's Avatar
      staterunner180 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Freedom of speech does not apply to every single place. This is a privately owned site. You cannot start a random protest inside a business or start yelling things inside a business. It is considered trespassing. To protest some place you need permits. So free speech is right but there are boundries to it.
      Where can I apply for my permit?
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by thetoothfairy View Post
      I am sorry this is no battle... we have rules on MMi and one is to respect other members is all... I do not battle... it is not my behavior.
      Agreed! Talking bad about writers is not cool.

      I think Verizon will be getting some other device that soon, I think the iPhone will come later.
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      I simply wish all the people who want to use an iPhone w/Verizon good luck. It will loosen up some bandwidth for those of us who like AT&T, and maybe hold down all the unlock talk (although all phones should be non-carrier specific- if the gov't. would just enforce it). As to "competition" bringing down the price of plans, I'm not holding my breath. Hope this works out for all you Verizon folks.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by mr117 View Post
      I simply wish all the people who want to use an iPhone w/Verizon good luck. It will loosen up some bandwidth for those of us who like AT&T, and maybe hold down all the unlock talk (although all phones should be non-carrier specific- if the gov't. would just enforce it). As to "competition" bringing down the price of plans, I'm not holding my breath. Hope this works out for all you Verizon folks.
      Wait. Are you saying it's a law, but it's just not being enforced?
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      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
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      So when Verizon finally lands the iPhone. What in gods name is Mr. Essany going to report on? What's the next iPhone rumor gonna be? I'm just glad this rumor will be ending, everyone knew Verizon would get the iPhone eventually. There's just so much money for Apple to make!
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      I hope sprint gets the iPhone. I have at&t and I will switch to sprint if it ever gets an iPhone. Verizon has crappy service where I live. And verizon is over priced IMO.


      And sprints network is way way faster.

      I just hope carriers don't start branding the iPhone. No damn carrier logo on the back or on start up.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      the Verizon / apple announcement is for the iPad... NOT the iPhone.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lombardo Joe View Post
      I'm telling you, Verizon is such a better company than AT&T. Everything except the CDMA.

      But... Even when this starts, AT&T has the experience of networking an iPhone. It will probably be very sluggish for Verizon.


      Sent from my iPhone using ModMyi
      This is all very subjective according to where you live. In my area(which is a pretty happening place) Verizon sucks. So no one here will be "leaving in droves". Their data network is in better shape now compared to when the iPhone launched so it shouldn't be a problem for them. I am personally looking forward to the price wars between them and AT&T even though I am staying with AT&T.