Apple and Verizon Sorting Out iPhone Deal

The din of Verizon iPhone rumors rages louder, and now word is that Apple and Verizon are ironing out the details for the popular smartphone. First, we heard that there would be a surge in hiring to accommodate for a really big launch of some kind, one of Apple iPhone proportions. Then, a Verizon executive said that it was inevitable that the iPhone would come to Big Red. Next, we started hearing word and seeing code that showed field testing of iPhone or iPad devices on Verizon’s network.

According Kaufman Bro.’s analyst Shaw Wu via InformationWeek:

“From our checks with industry and supply chain sources and a recent SEC 10-Q filing by AT&T mentioning that exclusivity with ‘a number of attractive handsets’ could end, we have conviction that the iPhone could likely finally be at another carrier besides AT&T here in the U.S. in 2011 and potentially at Verizon in 2011 or 2012… We believe the argument for AAPL to pursue Verizon sooner than later is to address the growing presence of Android. What better way to do that than where Android has seen the majority of its success?”

“From our understanding, the Verizon negotiations are not finalized with important details still being ironed out, including technology and economics. We think it is premature to rule out T-Mobile or Sprint (who also uses CDMA but WiMAX for 4G). In addition, there is the possibility of multiple U.S. carriers being signed.”

So it seems that the assumption that Verizon will have the iPhone is reasonable given its size and presence in the U.S., but Wu also warns that it’s premature. Way to hedge his bets in an effort to retain any credibility. And of course it’s also premature to rule out carriers like T-Mobile and Sprint, but when we’re in the realm of likelihood and reality, I’m sure Apple would much rather see its iPhone on a network that can boast having the most subscribers in the nation. After all, many current iPhone users say they’d switch to Verizon if it picked up the Apple smartphone.

[Via: InformationWeek]

  • unhappy

    Sometime in 2011 or 2012? By then all the people abandoning Verizon (and others) for ATT because of the iPhone will be locked into contract for several years. Good luck to the other carriers surviving.

    I’m locked into a 2-yr contract with Verizon until January. If Verizon doesn’t have the iPhone when my contract is up, all I can say is “bye-bye Verizon”.

    I looked at the Droids. Visited the Verizon Droid website the other day. I don’t care for how Verizon is marketing the Droids and the website experience was unpleasant. I’m not into goth and not a Grandma’s Boy uber-robot-geek.

    • Dem

      Lol, are you kidding? Leave Verizon for At&t to get the iphone? Sorry, no way. Android phones are far superior. Please leave and go to your walled garden.

  • HumanFellaPerson

    If you’re basing your decision on purchasing a device largely because of an unpleasant Droid “website experience,” you are a “Grandma’s Boy uber-robot-geek.” Don’t kid yourself.

  • Pdm777

    I am so glad I left Verizon 3 years ago…and iPhones are just way more awesome than anything Android is offering. Apple just does things right especially in the area of user interface. I enjoy better customer service, and I have never had a dropped call. Att network does have it’s problems but their GSM is more superior than Verizons network

  • Richard

    This needs to happen. Just last month, AT&T started dropping my calls on the Bay Bridge. I commute to San Francisco daily on calls with the East Coast and it is embarrassing to be dropped THREE times (daily) en-route from Walnut Creek to SF. These major corridors should be covered. If this does not happen soon, I’m dropping my iPhone all together and just getting a new phone. Sorry, I love my iPhone, but it’s not worth the hassle anymore….

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