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WSJ adds new details to Verizon-Apple talks about iPhone

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WSJ adds new details to Verizon-Apple talks about iPhone
Earlier today we reported on the Wall Street Journal's story about the Apple iPhone coming to Verizon in the first quarter of 2011. Now, the paper is reporting some new details about the negotiations between the two firms.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Verizon are having problems working out some issues such as the latter firm's desire to allow its retail partners to sell the iPhone and the carrier's propensity to promote its VCast digital on-demand store. According to the published report, "Verizon, in those earlier discussions, balked at Apple's requirement that Verizon not allow its retail partners to sell the phone, people familiar with the discussion said at the time," and the WSJ also noted that, "Verizon also declined to give up its ability to sell content like music and videos through its proprietary service, these people said."

Despite earlier reports that claimed that a Verizon branded iPhone would be a dual CDMA/GSM device, the latest news says that the phone will only have a CDMA chip made by Qualcomm under the hood. The phone, as we previously reported, is being manufactured by Pegatron

"Verizon Wireless has been meeting with Apple, adding capacity and testing its networks to prepare for the heavy data load by iPhone users, according to one person familiar with the matter," the WSJ said. "The carrier is seeking to avoid the kind of public-relations hit that AT&T took when the boom in data-hungry iPhones overtaxed its network, especially in New York and San Francisco."

As far as confirmation of the talks, Verizon COO Lowell McAdam said that any indication that an Apple iPhone is being prepared for a launch on his network would have to come from Apple itself. Meanwhile, Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi says that a Verizon branded iPhone could sell 10 million units, putting a major dent in Android's momentum.

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source: WSJ

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:48

1. Kartiel (unregistered)


Fuck Iphone 4 Gives us Iphone with 4g speeds

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 16:54

2. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


It make no sense to have the iPhone 4 on VZW when LTE is do out later this year, around the same time as the iPhone. Just skip the iPhone 4 and release the iPhone 5 with LTE.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 18:11

7. phonedemocracy (Posts: 98; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


You're high if you think Verizon will have LTE later this year for cell phones. Early to mid 2011 for aircards, early 2012 for LTE cell phones.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 18:48

10. elgee02 (Posts: 28; Member since: 26 Jan 2009)


You're retarded if you believe what you just wrote or think not a single one of us saw EVERY SINGLE blog and publication out there report on VZW's 4G announcement that VZW WILL HAVE 4G PHONES 1ST HALF 2011! Do you have a reading comprehension issue or are you making crap up in this air and hoping we'll buy it without question?

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 08:55

18. SMH@YOU (unregistered)


WRONG! Black Friday... you will see Aircards...mark my words.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 16:59

3. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 964; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


right!!!! as an AT&T employee and i-phone 3G customer, i know how much strain the i-phone will put on the current verizon network....unlike anything they've ever seen. since LTE is strong enough to support it and android has been running verizon for over a year now, why rush it?? i personally dont care if verizon gets the i-phone because its just a phone. if verizon is that desperate to get the i-phone then im glad that i dont have verizon lol

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 17:19

4. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)


Yea VZW is desperate...And that's why they haven't given in to some of those demands right?

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 17:27

5. annonymous (unregistered)


How does working for AT&T and owning an iphone make you an expert on Verizon's network?

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 18:03

6. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I doubt that they will have the strain that AT&T has. That strain is do AT&T's voice and data is the same single. VZW has 2 different singles for that. At years end there will be one for voice, one for 3G, and one for 4G.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 18:44

9. narley (Posts: 357; Member since: 14 May 2009)


as a VZW employee i would like to say you are painfully idiotic.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 19:16

12. bohannibal (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)


they have an verizon app that makes them verizon experts

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 18:35

8. Vzretailer77346 (unregistered)


For all who are wondering, the LTE launch is on the 15th of november for Verizon's aircard.. Now its not the big 3g digital map we have now, only about 30-40 major cities will launch this new 4g with aircards...Phone wise>> I'll talk to you next year

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 23:09

15. Verizon VZWEmployee (unregistered)


I will say this. LTE will launch Nov 15th. Its aircards. Plain and simple. Phones won't be till fall of 2011. As for IPhone rumors. Was just at a meeting this week. NO IPHONE THIS YEAR. NO IPHONE for Q1. I don't know why people (Stupid MFing Wall Street Analysts) keep reporting this bullshit but that is what it is.... BULLSHIT NEWS. That being said, please enjoy android and other products that we at VZW offer and have a great rest of the year. :-)

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 23:16

16. Verizon VZEmployee (unregistered)


Oh, one other thing. The only reason I can think of why these rumors keep hitting is to try to stop the flow of Android right now as if people keep thinking and IPhone is coming to VZW, it halts them from possibly looking at Android as a possible solution to their wireless needs instead of keeping an Apple product on ATT. Great marketing headache and false information being released from Apple to try to slow down the onslaught of Android but man, causes a huge headache on the retail side of things...... If you are a diehard Apple user, please do everyone a favor. Don't listen to Wall Street. Don't listen to really anyone out there telling you something is coming that isn't. Wait for Steve Jobs and VZW CEO to make an announcement together. Then you will know the truth. Just remember, when we partnered with Google, it was Schmidt and McAdams standing side by side saying it. Wouldn't we do that with Apple too? ;) Look for an Apple product late 2011-2012 if it is going to happen. Just saying. :-)

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 19:12

11. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


NO ONE wants VCAST on their iphone. That's why Apple should just give the phone to every carrier except for Verizon, and what's up with not being able to talk and use data at the same time. I don't see people switching back, if this can't be done. That's one of the great things about the iphone. Talking, and using google maps and all the Apps at the same time. If they do get the iphone... I hope Verizon works out that detail.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 19:37

13. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Its not VCAST it's about Verizon's new app market.

posted on 07 Oct 2010, 21:26

14. theman414 (Posts: 130; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


People DON'T WANT Verizon's App Market. It'll just be a matter of time before Verizon starts going back to their old days of handicapping phones to try and gouge the customer. That's where this is going.

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 07:26

19. Pings (Posts: 297; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Verizon is trying to do this same thing for Android. They said they will never replace the Android market. Verizon said it's app market is more about billing their apps to your account. Really I could care less, 2 app markets are better than one. I have 3 app markets on my Droid X, one more that I might never use couldn't hurt. You say "NO ONE" wants it I say no one will use it, beside the ESPN, NFL and a few others apps. It seams like you iPhone users are used to being limited, and that's a bad thing. Verizon's App Market will never replace Apple's or Android's app market. Shoot if they do you could easily get it back on Android you iPhone users would be SOL.

posted on 08 Oct 2010, 00:01

17. butters (unregistered)


this is whack if its just CDMA..thats a just a bonehead move. Major FAIL

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