It seems like we can't go a month, let alone a week, without hearing another rumor about an iPhone that is supposedly headed for Verizon Wireless. But this time around it appears to be a bit more credible. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently developing two iPhone models. People briefed on the matter said the first would be a successor to the current iPhone 3G S, maintaining the AT&T GSM relationship, and would be manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co for a release later this year, as they've produced all previous iPhones for Apple and AT&T. The second model will be based on CDMA (hence Verizon), and will be manufactured by Pegatron Technology Corp, which is the manufacturing subsidiary of Taiwan's ASUSTeK Computer Inc. One of the people familiar with the situation said Pegatron Technology Corp is scheduled to start mass
producing the Verizon CDMA iPhones in September, but it was unclear when Apple
might make the model available for Verizon. Analysts estimate AT&T pays Apple more than $600 per iPhone, but
sells most of them for $199 or less with contract, and heavy iPhone use have also put an enormous load on AT&T's wireless
network, pushing the carrier to a breaking point in some markets such
as New York and San Francisco. Because of these two issues, people aren't sure how much Verizon is willing to subsidize for each iPhone, like AT&T does, and even if the Verizon Network could handle an influx of heavy-data iPhone users. Because of this, Apple and Verizon may wait until LTE customer-deployment starts at year's end before making an official announcement, as both companies are keeping the whole thing under-wraps.
UPDATE: Things seem to get even more interesting now with Engadget reporting that the new iPhone, possibly named iPhone HD, might get announced on June 22. But what that HD might stand there for? According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, the new iPhone will be equipped with the iPad's 1GHz Apple A4 chipset (we have heard rumors of this), and a display with a resolution of 960x640 pixels, which, of course, would be awesome, but is still not HD... In addition, it may also bring iPhone OS 4.0 with capabilities to multitask 3rd party applications like Palm's webOS, which is probably the best multitasking OS out there.
So they report it the same day as other sites but it's old new? Engadet had at least 3 or 4 updates to this story running into the late evening but yet you say it's old news?
Phonearena can we have some sort of intelligence/IQ test before people can post? That way we can eliminate post by dumb asses like Tim and all the others that biatch like little girls on every post.
Here is the thing. Just because they are making a CDMA version of the IPhone doesn't mean it is coming to Verizon. CDMA networks are all over the place except Europe. Verizon doesn't want a 3G IPhone. With the use that the IPhone users do, it would strain the network. Sorry Apple users, your product isn't worth destroying what Verizon has built so much upon. Verizon won't do an IPhone until 4G LTE is up and going because it can support what people will do. Plus data pricing will change then too. You'll pay for what you use. High data users, sorry, you will pay more than the person who doesn't use more than a GB of data per month. And we have been told that no 4G phone come until summer of next year. Yes, I work for Verizon. Sorry, but you have a year until anything goes down.
BTW here you go....
VZW is aware of the articles and stories that have been circulated via a number of national, regional, and local news sources, all suggesting that a Verizon Wireless iPhone launch is imminent. Responses to any inquiries regarding the possibility of the iPhone coming to our network should be communicated to customers as follows:
"I don't have any additional information that I can share with you regarding the iPhone at this time. We do offer a vast selection of BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Mobile, and Android 3G Smartphones, in addition to many 3G Multimedia and Feature Phones on VerizonWireless.com. The site also provides full specifications and user reviews to help you make the best educated decision in choosing the device that is right for you."
55.BigRed83(Posts: 144; Member since: 19 May 2008)
I, too work with VZW, and agree !00% with the above reply. With 3G, we're good. Adding a large drain of existing pipe with the iPhone would be a mistake not unlike "the other guys", and kill 80% of the entire pipe.
When 4G hits, yep. Bring on Mr. Jobs with a proper 4G capable device. Add in the premium GB/TB (?) per month data package, and we have a game worth playing. It will be very interesting to see next summer, indeed.
WHO CARES ABOUT THE IPHONE DROID IS BETTER, better camera, has flash, huge touch screen and a keyboard, did i mention the speed of the droid, multitask browser windows 10 windows can be opened at the same time, replacable battery if need be, google market with anybody and everybody contributing to make it better, and with the 2.1 update that i just got the "almighty" pinch to zoom is now on it, (whats the big deal about that pinch to zoom anyway????) can be tethered with laptops or pc's with certain awesome apps in the marketplace. IPHONE who? iphone is played out now and the new ipad for what? if you have an ipod touch whats the point in spending to get an ipad stupid even if you have the money to blow still stupid to basically buy the same thing or pay more for something that basically out already bout smaller the ipod touch. and not to mention the charging plug for the iphone its so non durable it you dont slide it into place correctly each time the pins get bent
12.cellgeek82(Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Who needs iPhone when you can have Android? Besides I can have basically an iPhone experience with my iPod Touch. Why pay a data plan when I can do it all for free? Then I can have my phone, camera, and even more apps with Android. You can't go out and get a non-phone version of Android. And as controllin as Apple is I don't think Verizon was stupid to turn them down. Cingular was first to have the RAZR and now look at it, everyone has it. iPhone will probably be the same way, soon all carriers will have the iPhone. The reason I'm sure about this (other than this news article) is because Android is available everywhere and Apple will have to release to multiple carriers to gain more revenue.
Android is awesome, but it just isn't anywhere as user friendly as the iphone os is. Don't get me wrong, I love my backflip and would never use anything other than android myself, it just isn't as easy to get accustomed to as iphone is.
58.corps1089(Posts: 492; Member since: 20 Jan 2010)
From Phone arena 10/03/08:
"Remember the good old days when it was Verizon that was accused of crippling its phones? Funny how things change. With three Android models being offered, Big Red has been a model citizen in this regard. AT&T, on the other hand, has just released its first Android model, the Motorola BACKFLIP, and has crippled the handset so much it should be using a cane. First off, AT&T has removed the option that allows users to download non-Android Market apps onto the handset. This prevents BACKFLIP users from enjoying the recently released Swype beta that is now available for Android models. Most handsets using Googles open source OS have a option to allow for such apps to be installed. Also, the dozen or so apps that come out of the box from AT&T cannot be removed. With the limited amount of storage space on the BACKFLIP, not being able to delete certain apps is not helpful to the user at all. AT&T also has decided to replace Google's search with Yahoo. All together, the whole package cripples the BACKFLIP so much that you would expect to see Luke Wilson limp on the next AT&T commercial."
From Phone Arena 10/03/17:
"Despite exuding the same experience as other MOTOBLUR devices, the Android 1.5 powered BACKFLIP is littered out of the box with AT&T’s laundry list of applications found on its feature phones – these include AT&T Maps, AT&T Music, AT&T Navigator, AT&T Radio, Mobile Banking, Mobile Video, MobiTV, MusicID, Where, and YPmobile. Although they sometimes can be regarded as extra clutter in the applications listing, they’re permanently stuck on there as they can’t be deleted. Aside from that, there are some instances when the phone lagged and we noticed a good amount of times when certain apps would crash unexpectedly – more on this than others"
"Unlike the Motorola DEVOUR and HTC DROID Eris over on Verizon, the BACKFLIP doesn’t support Adobe Flash Lite – which means a separate app will launch whenever you attempt to watch a YouTube video."
"Although the Motorola BACKFLIP provides customers a glimpse into the power of Android, the experience is somewhat less tasteful as there are still some decisions that hinder it from truly becoming triumphant in making Android’s presence known on AT&T. In the end, it kind of plays to the same level we’ve seen with the T-Mobile G1 – it brings Android to the game, but leaves users wondering if this is all that’s out there."
17.203RichBoy(Posts: 76; Member since: 15 Dec 2009)
The iPhone is not coming to Verizon for a long time. Apple commercials boast about the fact that you can send a email or send flowers while on a call with a GSM 3G network. Until Verizon can do simultaneous voice and data its not going to happen. And no wi-fi doesnt count lol
your an idiot.. att will still boast about that, but there are two people in the world other then luke wilson who actually care about it. Trust me the higher ups at verizon will do this because it will benifit vzw customers even if they cant surf the web and talk at the same time. its still a phone with an i in front of it and thats what people want... android is great, but as of now its a pacifier for customers and keeps vzw going...big red dropped the ball on this one.. but it may prove to be a mistake worth making in the end.