Apple iPhone is coming to Verizon on Tuesday, according to WSJ
What's even more interesting, AllThingsD's sources report that Apple CEO Steve Jobs is going to join Verizon President Lowell McAdam on stage. Apparently, these guys are pretty confident that a CDMA iPhone is just a few days away.
According to the source, the iPhone which Verizon is going to carry, will be very similar to the iPhone 4, but of course with the notable difference of being designed for CDMA tech. No word about possible LTE support has been uttered.
Seems like one busy January, eh folks?
source: WSJ and AllThingsD via Engadget
1. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
Jeez. How many stories is PA going to post about this?
21. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
i think you're just afraid that the rumor may be true and you made the dumb mistake of switching to At&t for the iP4 only to find out that it was coming to the more robust network that you were previously on...haha jokes on you (possibly lol)
50. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)
I hope steve jobs comes on stage to say verizon isnt getting the iphone. Either way they need to take a dump or get off the pot, Im tired of people asking me as a verizon employee when the iphone will be released. All I see when they come around are brainwashed apple whores, I seriously lose respect for people who put so much faith in 1 brand.
51. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)
Additionally, if Verizon does get the iphone, and since AT&T is getting a formidable android phone, I'm curious to see if the visade is blown off this pile of shit when finally compared side by side in the retail channel. I bet it'll hurt the iphone more than help it.
2. Gawain (Posts: 377; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)
What's funny is if you look at the comments in the WSJ post, a lot of folks are saying the same thing, "Rumors here..." "Rumors there..." "For years..." yada yada...
I guess we'll all find out on 1/11/11 11am...or something. What a black eye for WSJ if it's something else though...geeez...
3. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
What's crazy is Verizon also announced that they are changing there return policy to 14 days instead of 30 days. Yeah they are getting the iphone 4 and Apple definitely has there hands in that. I Love Apple but I think Verizon personally are making some huge mistakes lately.
4. Grammar dude (unregistered)
It's THEIR not THERE
5. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
lol!!!! what are you talking about... first you say before that verizon has a 5gb cap on its smartphones witch is just not true.... and now your on the return policy... the 5gb cap only refers to mobile hotspots and 3g usb aircards (not 4g aircards or mifi). the return policy is 30 days and will remain to be 30 days hahaha... either your a moron with incorrect information or your a moron that is barking lies... either or... life is not in your favor
6. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
and that little thumbs up by your comment is only there because by mistake i selected it lol. good luck with life
11. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
BTW tragichero, we can stop the bickering now, it's quite childish. People are here to get phone info, not here people argue like idiots. So if you have a reply for a comment of mine, keep it respectable.
16. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
well dude... sure we are bickering but im just trying to give out the correct information. so when you say people want phone info..... here is the correct information that you are denying
1. all verizon phones have an unlimited data option. (no 5gb cap)
2. there is and always will be a 30 day return policy.
all i want you to do trenitty is keep it real...
39. pentastolic (unregistered)
Actually the return policy is going to be 14 days starting on the 16th. Along with no more NE2 credits or annual upgrades being added after the 16th.
Verizon smart phones have unlimited data usage on the phone.
I sell verizon and i just did the training on policy changes for Q1 2011 today.
56. ACF (unregistered)
You are right in 2 things but the policy is changing to 14 days and there are more changes regarding equipment discounts soon to be announced.
9. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 461; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
Ohhhhhhhhhhh Ohhhhhhhhh Ohhhhhhhhh damn dog, you wanna stop running that lie that you work for Verizon or are you the porter who cleans Verizon after the real Verizon employee's leave. Now who's really the moron and now you call them smartphones now after I corrected you from calling them pda's before. Oh yeah, stop making fake usernames trying to correct a simple spelling error, I know that's you.
12. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
lol... dude that guy commented before i even set up an account on here hahaha. my grammer isnt that great either. how am i a moron though? cause i called them pda phones? thats what they are... thats what they do... big deal i said "pda" you said that verizon has a 5gb cap on its unlimited plan. thats false information... grow up kid and i dont know what comment 7 is about but uhhh at this location in the midwest we will be keeping the 30 return policy. thanks.. and have a great day. tool....
27. 123jdl (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Aug 2010)
Actually, we got an internal communication with Verizon stating that the return policy changes on the 16th. You will have 14 days to return or exchange the phone. After that you are locked into the device. Also, they did discontinue the New Every 2 and Annual upgrades.
55. DaDude (unregistered)
as far as the 30 day return policy.....it IS changing to 14 days. this is for sure I read the memo this morning.
20. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
the 14 day return policy is for Apple products only kiddo...right now, iPad is the only device that abides by that 14 day return policy, so this "announcement" that you speak of...maybe you're reading a little too much WSJ and not researching what the actual company's policy is.
7. vzw.rep (unregistered)
He is correct about the return policy changing 14 days is the new policy starting the 16th
13. tragichero (Posts: 163; Member since: 07 Jan 2011)
lol... whats up with everybody givin false info... thats not true. return policy is going to remain at 30 days. lol
28. 123jdl (Posts: 13; Member since: 06 Aug 2010)
It is not false info, I work for verizon and we just received the communication stating the changes.
30. uofmrules (Posts: 47; Member since: 11 Oct 2010)
You're the moron sir. Starting January 16th you have 14 days to make up your mind.
Also this should have nothing to do with an iphone launch (if their is one) since you have a 30 day return policy on the iphone with AT&T.
49. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)
good, theres no reason to take 30 days to decide whether you like a phone or not anyway... just makes it easier on us sales people now that we wont have to take back phones that are all scratched up and look like hell after some idiot decided he didnt like it on the 29th day.
8. vguy (unregistered)
I work for verizon and it is true! We have training setup for the end of this month! Iphone is here folks!
32. oo7jbondistm (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 May 2010)
more then likely this is lte device training had a discussion with my dm the other day. Looking forward to the new lines that come in from at&t on this one though otherwise droids are still a equal or better device depending on the customer
10. oneandonly478 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
as a att iphone user ,cant wait to see if how verzion and itunes going to work together
14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)
Who cares it's not even a 4G phone not even worth my time I'm on AT&T and never got the Iphone. GOOD RIDDANCE of the Iphone now I can upgrade to my 4G phone.
15. jrparnell1977 (unregistered)
I am due for an upgrade in June. Do you think they will let everyone upgrade early like they did with the Droid 2, or do you think everyone will have to wait until their upgrade date? I am sick of my storm2, it sucks.
17. lojhdksksb djjd b (unregistered)
The policy has been changed. 14 days return or exchange. Trust it
18. vzw.rep.2 (unregistered)
yeah, it's true. 14 day return policy. That came out earlier yesterday
23. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
How exactly did this new policy "come out"?
24. TheMan (unregistered)
What do you mean how the policy "come out". It has yet to come out, but I would assume that the decison came about due to some sort of agreement with vendors (cough, Apple, cough) and with the realization that a 30 day policy for a mobile electronic device is not needed and will reduce customer returns, thus increasing income/revenue for the company. That is the primary goal of any business. Some big wigs figured that this was a needed change
34. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)
"Come out" referred to the comment that it was communicated on Thursday which wasn't communicated in our area. Also, because you shorten a return period from 30 days to 14 days doesn't save money. If customers understand the timeframe that they have to change their minds they will come back within 14 days which is the point where the company loses money. Sell the customer the phone that makes the most sense to them and provide the support will save money. If a $35 restocking fee doesn't deter a customer from returning/exchanging what makes them think a shortened return policy will?
19. Jonnyboy (unregistered)
22. TheMan (unregistered)
There is a 14 day return policy going into effect on January 16th, the same day that the NE2 and Early Upgrade policy is abolished. Many things are changing, but I see it that some big things are coming (Iphone and 4G devices). The company can't keep giving money away with the already high subsidized cost of the new devices coming out, especially if Apple has their hands in the mix. I work for VZW and see many things that have changed to point out that something BIG is coming, such as more self serve options in the store to help traffic flow better. If a customer wants to do an early upgrade they will have to open their mail box and hopefully have a nice mailer from Verizon to allow it, which is the way the company has been transition lately. It allows to target a certain market more efficiently.
36. tedkord (Posts: 5514; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Giving away money? Have you seen VZW's profit statements? The past year, they've been more about stealing money, what with requiring a data plan for so-called "multimedia" dumb phones and the phantom data charges (which would appear mysteriously every other month or so on my daughter's and wife's lines, both of which had a data block)
25. Verizon Wireless Employee (unregistered)
Actually, Apple has created an entirely new phone they call the iPhone Nano which will be released to Verizon on 1/1/11 at 11. It will have an 11 megapixel camera and have a 1" capacitive superamoled screen. It will be 4g and have a 1meg front facing camera for video chat. Battery life is 11 hours.
In addition to Verizon, Apple is releasing this phone to every carrier worldwide to improve the quality of life before the impending disaster to occur in 2012.
33. oo7jbondistm (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 May 2010)
Awesome does it also get up in the morning and make my lunch for me...lol
48. testman22 (Posts: 337; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)
It will actually... but its always 3 hours late because the alarm clock doesn't work
26. JR (unregistered)
I hope it support GSM for Global support like other vzw phones.
31. oo7jbondistm (Posts: 7; Member since: 16 May 2010)
This is certainly possible but wsj has been saying the iphone will be out this week or the iphone will be out next week for several years.
If Verizon releases the iPhone 4 cdma i would be very surprised with all the lte devices set to launch in 2-4 months the cdma iPhone will get blown away by all the lte droids that come out in a few months.
Also Steve Jobs usually handles his own press conferences and releases so it is possible but not likely he will change his policy on that. Also the time line for the launch is off why wouldnt they make the announcement at CES or wait until Apples traditional new device launches in either April or May of every year
35. henry1086 (Posts: 9; Member since: 26 May 2010)
i dont know why but knowing apple, I can't really say that i expect them to announce the iphone at this event. Now if it said Apple would like to invite you to bla bla bla then I'd say its more than likely that it will be announced because Apple (Steve Jobs) loves to steal the show. Agreed?
46. jtucker1987 (Posts: 89; Member since: 06 May 2010)
I have to agree with you. I've been saying this to everyone I know. Apple announces things at apple events in California and (like you said) likes to steal the show. Why would an iphone announcement be revealed in New York at a Verizon event? It just doesn't make sense. And if there were a CDMA iphone to come out, wouldn't it go to China also? They have a larger CDMA market than Verizon so why announce one new iphone for one carrier when it can be placed in other markets other than Verizon. It just doesn't add up to me that's all :/.
37. hornetmx (Posts: 71; Member since: 12 Mar 2010)
I bet this is to announce the release date of the Thunderbolt, and everyone is wrong. The WSJ is just trying to take credit for saying "we were the ones who officially announced it". What do they have to lose? and I love the "a person that's said to be familiar with the case" quote. That way if they are wrong, they can just blame it on that fictitious "person". I find it hard to believe, with all the wikileaks wanna be that no pics have come out, no pics of the skus, etc. If it's the Iphone, then it looks like VZW is now going to make announcements from the very top before it trickles down. That would seem smart, instead of trying to have everyone trained and aware of the upcoming changes/devices. Props to Apple and VZW if they managed to do it.
38. Ryan oh yes! (unregistered)
I'm just wondering...how many people are going to get this now that Verizon is going to offer beasts like the Droid Bionic? I honestly don't care if the Bionic is bigger...it's so sick! Who agrees?
41. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
itsnt that a moto? how the hell would use their crap?
40. Cedo (unregistered)
I work for Verizon and I currently am using the iPhone, I picked it up from AT&T.
42. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
what so special about a iphone..their tons of phones that are 20x better..or am "not cool" because i dont have a iphone..i understand with the macbook pro laptop their the best but the iphone is garbage
43. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
The iphone is only garbage if you think having a phone that works everyday (maybe not alarm clock), a great screen, the best touch screen response, and 1000s of apps is garbage.
45. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Works everyday? You can't even hold it the way you want to without dropping your call. If you put a case on it, the back glass cracks, if you drop it once the front screen cracks. With Android, you get the best smartphone OS hands down that really does work everyday. And I can make it MINE with all kinds of customizations. With the iP4, all you get are squares. That's cool if you don't mind having a phone that looks like everyone else's, but I like a phone with personality.
44. ZelaDro (unregistered)
People the Phone to get is the Samsung Orion take a second and look it up, It makes all other phones look like prepaid phones.lol Its Sprints chance to take over the cell phone market with this powerhouse, because they have no good phones besides the evo that is o.k and shift worst weak. If they manage to get this phone they will run the cell phone market, the first to bring 4g will overcome. Plus they own over 51% of winmax... Educate your selfs don't be like the averave sheep getting stuck with a contract.lol
47. omega (unregistered)
I cant wait for the iphone to come to verizon! Reason why because 4.3 screens are a little to big for me and of course if you dont have apple you dont have the best.
52. bach2bach (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2011)
14 days is actually plenty of time to decide what phone you want. It's only 1 day short of the old 15 day wfg Verizon had back in the day, so no biggie.
53. bach2bach (Posts: 2; Member since: 09 Jan 2011)
I feel that 2010 was a great year for Verizon and the Droid platform. Verizon still gets the premium Droid devices, and likely will continue. While 2007 seemed to be a huge mistake not to get the iPhone, it looks like a solid business move now. Verizon has built up it's previously lacking smartphone arsenal, and a possible iPhone will be just another solid device in the portfolio. As opposed to being "the" device with AT&T for so many years.
AT&T has been trying to distance itself from the iPhone since '10, something it should have done years ago. Verizon learned long ago that trying to ride one phone (bb storm 1) is not a good marketing model. Focusing on broadening its phone lineup and marketing, and improving it's network infrastructure. 2010 saw AT&T scrambling, because they knew this day was coming.
However I don't expect them to quit. iPhone is a great phone.....but it's no longer the undisputed king. Like Tiger Woods, it will be playing a little catch-up in '11. I'm sure 2011 will be quite a year for wireless!
54. jayme (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2011)
Hooray for the iPhone! As a Verizon retailer i can tell you without a doubt that Verizon aquiring the iPhone is only going to hurt it in terms of visibility and usage. this is going to once and for all end the Iphones "reign" as the supreme smart phone. Running side by side with even the lowest end Droids will unveil Apples ineptitude to develope new and rewarding devices. i understand it was a big deal but if you dont progress you dont excell and Apple has been offering the same device in a similar guise since day one. So for all you Iphone lovers out there, try something differnt and you will find that youve been scammed into a fad over and over. Who care about the Iphone? Not me.
57. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Bravo! But you got to admit, the iPhone made a major leap forward in 2009. You remember, when they introduced MMS... :) JK. If this really happen, I think it will be a good thing and NO It definitely won't cannibalize Android. Google has nothing to worry about.