Verizon iPhone to hit in March 2011

Analysts say a Verizon iPhone is on track for March 2011
Analysts say a Verizon iPhone is on track for March 2011

Stop me if you’ve heard this before but a Verizon iPhone is on track for early next year. Now, an analyst is saying that March 2011 is the scheduled release date.

“It’s on track,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst with Gleacher & Co. “It won’t be just for Verizon. There are international carriers that use CDMA, like KDDI in Japan, so I expect that Apple will make a big global push, not only in the U.S.”

We already know that Apple is preparing a CDMA iPhone for India and China could also be a massive CDMA market. But the big player in all this has always been Verizon and many people are waiting for AT&T to lose exclusivity.

If Apple does produce a Verizon iPhone, Marshall expects Big Red to sell 11.5 million units throughout 2011. To put that in perspective, Apple sold 17.2 million iPhone units for the first half of 2010.

These claims are a dime a dozen now, so I’ll leave it up to you to decide if this is true but we have been hearing a lot of chatter about a Verizon iPhone lately. Both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have said it’s on the way – take that for what it’s worth.

We’ve also heard that the Verizon iPhone would be 3G only at first, which could be kind of a bummer when you consider that Big Red is rolling out its 4G LTE network to more than 110 million by the end of the year. It wouldn’t be surprising, as Apple left 3G out of its first smartphone even though that network was far more built out than 4G will be by early 2011.

A Verizon iPhone would sell like hotcakes but it would not interest me in one bit without 4G, especially when you consider that you’ll have to sign a two-year contract. I’m looking forward to the “half dozen” LTE smartphones and tablets that Verizon will show off in early 2011.

[Via ComputerWorld, photo]

  • http://bit.ly/samirsshah ???? ???

    LTE can wait till Jun when dual mode (GSM/CDMA) iPhone comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/ejc3110 Eric J Cotton

    AT&T you are screwed if this is true!!!!!!!

  • Sonnyburnett

    Seriously rediculous rumors at this point. I find it funny that it was rumored to happen in Jan. Now it’s March. When Apple routinely rolls out an iPhone refresh in June with availability in July. Look for iPhone 5 with dual mode Qualcomm chip that will be both CDMA and GSM. End these freaking rumors. Who the heck would want a Verizon iPhone in March, only to find out 3 months later that you can get the iPhone 5 on AT&T. Want to talk about a bunch of mad Verizon iPhone customers? I would love to see the hate mail going to Apple for that one :)

  • Sonnyburnett

    Seriously rediculous rumors at this point. I find it funny that it was rumored to happen in Jan. Now it’s March. When Apple routinely rolls out an iPhone refresh in June with availability in July. Look for iPhone 5 with dual mode Qualcomm chip that will be both CDMA and GSM. End these freaking rumors. Who the heck would want a Verizon iPhone in March, only to find out 3 months later that you can get the iPhone 5 on AT&T. Want to talk about a bunch of mad Verizon iPhone customers? I would love to see the hate mail going to Apple for that one :)

  • LeoPlentico

    Look at the section above that says “People who read this post also read”. It’s hilarious how long this rumor is going on and how many times its been wrong. I’m sitting here laughing out loud :) The best one is “WSJ: Apple working on 2 iphones for this summer” Guess what? Summer’s over. Ha ha.

  • LeoPlentico

    Look at the section above that says “People who read this post also read”. It’s hilarious how long this rumor is going on and how many times its been wrong. I’m sitting here laughing out loud :) The best one is “WSJ: Apple working on 2 iphones for this summer” Guess what? Summer’s over. Ha ha.

  • Firstguy

    First ! ! !

  • Firstguy

    First ! ! !

  • http://twitter.com/Marinperez Marinperez

    Yes, I know this rumor has been kicking around for a while and we’re all getting tired of it. The stars do seem aligned this time – it’s been enough years of AT&T exclusivity and Android is causing Apple enough guff to want to get on Verizon. I honestly don’t care about any Verizon phone that won’t be 4G in 2011.

  • http://twitter.com/Marinperez Marinperez

    Yes, I know this rumor has been kicking around for a while and we’re all getting tired of it. The stars do seem aligned this time – it’s been enough years of AT&T exclusivity and Android is causing Apple enough guff to want to get on Verizon. I honestly don’t care about any Verizon phone that won’t be 4G in 2011.

  • Friggin Lasers

    Well, considering that I work for Verizon, and we just announced we will be selling the iPad in our stores as an iPad / MiFi bundle on Oct 28 it looks like iPhone won’t be too far along after.

  • Friggin Lasers

    Well, considering that I work for Verizon, and we just announced we will be selling the iPad in our stores as an iPad / MiFi bundle on Oct 28 it looks like iPhone won’t be too far along after.

  • Gminor

    LOVE the competition!!!

  • Ben

    Where I live I’m still waiting for 3G.

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