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Analyst: 70% chance of Verizon branded iPhone next year

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Analyst: 70% chance of Verizon branded iPhone next year
Stop us if you've heard this one before, but according to noted Wall Street Analyst Gene Munster, once AT&T's exclusivity deal expires with Apple next year, a new, CDMA version of the touchscreen device will be coming to Verizon. Munster, the senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, says that there is a 70% chance of this happening in 2010. The Analyst also notes that talks about keeping the device an AT&T exclusive in the U.S. are continuing. Still, with Apple's tradition of making an iPhone-based announcement about a new feature in the middle of the year, he predicts that the new feature to be announced in the middle of next year will be a Verizon branded version of the handset. The analyst's report went out to clients yesterday and noted that much of the future growth in sales of the iPhone will be driven by the App Store. "We have seen a shift in the reason why consumers buy an iPhone. Initially, it was the touch screen and easy access to the Internet" said Munster. "Today, apps are cited as one of the top three reasons consumers buy an iPhone." With the AT&T network often cited as the major problem for iPhone owners, the other two reasons are not location, location.

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source: CNET

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Imagine that... buying a phone because you don't like the phone itself, but because you like the app store that comes with it lol. That's like buying an iPod Touch not because you want a quality music experience (which the Zune HD does a better job at), but because you want to play with apps. Buying a music player for something other than music... has the market lost all sight of what the point of things are??

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 08:10

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


I think Dan Hesse said it best with, "Can you believe we still call these things phones?" At any rate...how do you come to the figure of it being 70%? Is there an equation for the likelihood of Verizon getting the iPhone? Dah well...

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 22:40

27. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Ha! Yeah I was thinking the exact same thing! All this time we've been hearing the "likelihood" of the iPhone going to this carrier or that carrier, but now we actually have a percent figure?! I'm very curious to know how that's calculated!

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 23:21

30. BlackberryUser (Posts: 609; Member since: 26 Jun 2009)


It's ok, tomorrow we'll have an article saying that there is a 90% chance it won't hit Verizon for 7 years.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 09:19

3. lolipopjones (Posts: 51; Member since: 21 Jun 2009)


Article is trash... these so called an Analysts have been saying the same thing since 2007 and every year they are wrong.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 09:52

4. shrop486 (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


Did it really matter what they said 2 years ago? I assume you knew they had an exclusivity agreement so they couldn't switch to Verizon if they wanted to... It still doesn't even matter until it's actually true.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 10:08

5. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


hey LOLIPOP, you are a flippin moron. the iphone didn't debut till june of 07 and they had an exclusive deal right off the bad. moron.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 11:08

7. VZWEMP (Posts: 142; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


chill with the name calling man seriously. and besides its "right off the bat" not "bad".

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 11:32

8. illallowit (Posts: 20; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


I love when one commentator tries to insult another but doesn't even bother to check spelling or grammer and ends up being the one sounding like a moron. But I digress...it's been said before and I'm going to say it again; until Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T is up, speculation on when or if an iPhone will come to VZW is just that. Speculation.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 11:35

9. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


my spelling is awesome and my manners are even better. hey VZWEMP, how does it sound when i say "they've been saying the moto droid to be released on AT&T since 2009!"? ...just currious. and while you're at it, go ahead and spell check everyone else's fat-fingered-typos on these forums too.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 12:14

10. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)


Stop being so sensitive AZNphoneGeek. YOU started the name calling and you what, didn't expect some kind of backlash?

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 13:06

14. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


i'm not being sensitive, i'm being a smart ass.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 15:22

18. VZWEMP (Posts: 142; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


"they've been saying the moto droid to be released on AT&T since 2009!" ummm ok 21 days from now and 2009 is over. so im kind of confused by that statement. and either way i dont really care what phones the competition has. I sell service plans not phones. and that wasnt typo you made that was you not knowing the right expression.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 16:09

23. killtomorrow515 (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)


I'm sure he knew that it wasn't right off the bad...

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 20:43

26. DOGIEFRESH (Posts: 302; Member since: 15 Jul 2009)


Hey dude seriously if the big red doesn't get the iphone next year many FANBOYS will commit suicide.....!!!!

posted on 11 Dec 2009, 10:04

31. Sniggly (Posts: 7183; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


*"They've been saying the Motorola Droid will be released on AT&T since 2009." *"curious." CLEAN! Seriously, AZN, learn to type. :P

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 10:27

6. bigblue08 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Dec 2009)


i read somewhere else that due to the success of android on Verizon they might not need the iphone, but who knows...I switched out of big red for a 3gs after 7 years with them, service was great, phones not so much , now they are bringing the hardware, good job vzw, I have to say in my area , At&t does well, But now i feel the hoopla of the android OS...and was considering, an unlocked Milestone or an Xperia x10 ..but this wont happen until next year....

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 12:15

11. SamTime (Posts: 253; Member since: 07 Nov 2009)


I was considering those exact same phones. I'm not happy with my 3GS either.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 12:18

12. piratejb (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)


WOW PEOPLE GET PAYED REAL MONEY STAY A COMPANY MIGHT DO SOMETHING ISNT THAT JUST CALL GOSSIP.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 13:10

15. ICanAffordVZW (Posts: 123; Member since: 15 Dec 2008)


piratejb, I have no clue what you just said (or shouted.) Please use complete sentences, correct spelling, and proper punctuation so that people may understand the point you are trying to make. Thanks,

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 16:10

24. killtomorrow515 (Posts: 6; Member since: 25 Nov 2009)


Lol you win

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 12:48

13. rehnhart (Posts: 103; Member since: 27 Mar 2009)


It would be interesting to see an Iphone on VZW after so many rumors, but I have to wonder what Big Red's perspective is. Do they bring the Iphone on board and dig into the Android potential/profits they just started or do they offer the best of both worlds and let the customer have more choice and take a possible loss on the Android investment they have made. I personally believe that the Iphone will not make it to Verizon until LTE is fully operational, but to add CDMA support for the phone would not be that hard, or even better make it a world phone with GSM/CDMA.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 13:13

16. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


i think the smartest thing would be for ATT to just sell an LTE iPhone that is backwards compatible with current 3G CDMA networks. non branded. not through any carrier. carriers would pay a monthly kickback on service to apple but wouldn't have to subsidize the handset and apple would receive monthly revenue from the carriers and turn profit on the devices as for the name calling, if you guys have seen any of my other posts, i'm sure you all roll your eyes at my social eloquence. i don't apologize. i speak my mind. isn't that what this is for? i don't wake up and want to be polite or rude, i just let my fingers vomit my thoughts onto the screen

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 13:39

17. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)


The Droid won phone of the year and it was released within the last 3 months of 2009, I am pretty impressed that judgement was reserved and the full features of this phone still knocked out iPhone, even AFTER the iPhone had plety of oppertunities for new feature "WOW" and a longer Cm experience. I with some of you guys, I dont think VZW needs the iPhone anymore, the Droid sells it self.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 22:45

28. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


According to whom did the Droid win "phone of the year"? Just curious as I would like to get a glimpse of it for myself. Actually, nevermind it's Time Mag. Thx anyway.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 15:33

19. som (Posts: 768; Member since: 10 Nov 2009)


Verizon must never carry iPhone after it bad attitude ugly ads against Verizon services. Verizon doesn't need iPhone to stay on business like ATT is. I am not anti-iPhone but it is not fit in Verizon services with a lot of web browsing and data it will jam Verizon network same way as ATT it cost a lot of money upgrade it.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 15:41

20. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


Yeah, then you guys can suffer, too.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 15:45

21. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


SOM, have any idea how much better of a network VZ is than ATT? the data capacity is many times over. look into it hehe

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 16:01

22. sinfulta (Posts: 268; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


When we did chipset testing on different networks in the SF Bay Area a few months ago, Verizon's data EVDO network during peak time @430pm was only running at 8% of capacity on average, TMobile was at 19%, Sprint at 8.x % (Can't remember, and don't have the sheet infront of me), and ATT's was at 78%. Regardless of what people say CDMA can withstand a ton of more subscribers and bandwith on almost everywhere we tested with my company Qualcomm. It's funny all these arguements about how it's Iphone fault. More-so ATT's fault for no preparing, Tmobiles tested fair by comparison. So I dunno. MSM9200 Chipsets were being tested.

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 19:12

25. AZNphoneGeek (Posts: 200; Member since: 15 May 2009)


word

posted on 10 Dec 2009, 22:47

29. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Thank you! You bring a wave of fresh facts whenever you post those kinds of things. At least I find it interesting.

posted on 11 Dec 2009, 10:29

32. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)


Ugh, In the last month we have read Analysts saying it will go T-Mobile then Verizon then T-Mobile now Verizon again? Who are these people and what makes them a "Analyst"? They know just as much as we do but use pie charts to come up with that 70% figure. If any of the carriers are smart they would bid for the Iphone right away. There is still a load of people wanting the Iphone but waiting on it to leave AT&T. T-Mobile seems like the likely candidate because we already have an IPhone data plan, and a IPhone support team in the call centers.

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