Apple and Verizon discussing iPhone model for Big Red to sell in 2010?

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Apple and Verizon discussing iPhone model for Big Red to sell in 2010?
The story that won't die has come out of the grave like Jason in one of the Friday the 13th flicks. An article in USA Today says that Apple and Verizon have held high-level discussions about introducing a CDMA iPhone for Big Red's network as early as next year. These talks had been underway when CEO Steve Jobs was still working at the Cupertino based firm before taking a leave of absence due to health related issues. USA Today claims their sources will not give away names, because they are not authorized to talk about the meetings. AT&T is believed to have the exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the U.S. until 2010 based on an agreement the two firms entered into when the device was still being designed. Ma Bell is asking the computer company to extend the contract by at least another year.

While the USA Today article mentions a CDMA iPhone for Verizon, the carrier's CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, ruled out such a model in an interview two weeks ago. Seidenberg went on to say that it would be easier for Verizon and Apple to get together on an iPhone model running the 4G LTE network which is supposed to be up and running sometime next year. With the cellular industry moving toward 4G, an iPhone that supports the LTE network is a sure thing. The only question is, which carrier will be offering the iPhone 4G?

The new iPhone is now officially announced - you can check the Apple iPhone 3G S Specifications here.

source: USA Today via EngadgetMobile

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47 Comments

1. instinct75

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 06, 2009

i think they should launch it on sprint because sprint offers the best plans from 69.99 you get all data unlimited and 450 minutes compare to att's plans end up to 89.99 dollars at the same features and sprints 3g INTERNET is so much faster than Att's 3g and sprint is already launching 4g that would be a good thing for everybody .. you save more money

44. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i would get sprint they have same survice as verizon but they have too many accidentle overcharges that made my 100 dollar bill atliest 250 every month and every month i had to call in and talk to five people before they said sorry. they have horable costomer survice.

2. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

But surely Verizon Wireless doesn't need the iPhone. After all, they have the Blackberry Storm, which is better than the iPhone. [BTW, this comment was pure sarcasm.]

5. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

I love sarcasm LMAOF.

10. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the storm is awesome

13. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

obviously we dont...considering once again we beat ATT in net adds this quater. hmmmm your sarcasm would have been a little more effective if you were indeed correct. And when it comes to getting work done blackberries (including the storm) have been rated higher than the iPhone. so for some people the Storm IS a better device. People that want a phone for all of the cool apps and UI should get the iPhone. People that want a phone that will help them be productive yet still have that cool factor and multimedia friendliness, get the Storm. Its as simple as that. When it all hits the fan these are just phones people. in a year something better will replace whatever is out now. i think people put way too much passion (for lack of a better word) into these devices. I like the iPhone but i work for Verizon and i have a Blackberry Storm which i also like a lot if not more. I guess its hard to get that enthusiatic about a phone when what we sell is service. Same with my friends that work for ATT. They put their emphasis into selling the benefits of their network...not a phone. The general public seems to have a very difficult time grasping that fact.

15. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

By net Adds Im assuming you mean more customers than ATT? It is still early in the second quarter. The only reason VZW has more subcribers is because of a buyout. I bet ATT has taken a lot customers from VZW because of the IPhone. Verizon knows that, so if they can get their hands on the IPhone, just maybe they can get their customers back.... You did make a good point about selling the service though. People in general don't care about upcoming LTE network. Execpt for phone geeks like us... yea thats right I said GEEKS lets be honest here LOL

18. brikz4real

Posts: 173; Member since: Dec 24, 2008

NET ADDS and MORE SUBSCRIBERS are two waaayyy different things drewsky. The "more subscribers" claim did, indeed, come via the purchase of Alltel. The "more net adds", however, are people who physically choose to sign up for VZW service. And yes, VZEMP is right.... VZW did in fact have more adds than AT&T this quarter ( technically, though, the quarter isn't quite complete ). A lot of people left VZW because of the iPhone but guess what? VZW GAINED a lot of customers because of the iPhone as well.... so there were a lot of returning subscribers because they didn't think the iPhone was all it was cracked up to be. But I do agree with both of you when you say that all the cell companies try to emphasize service over actual equipment. Check: The CELL COMPANIES. Most often, you have sales reps who put more emphasis on the "coolness" of the device, like features, asthetics, and the like. And let's be frank, not too many of them advertise service but they do shove the "new" phone down your throat in commercials. The iPhone, the Storm, the Pre, the G2 ( AT&T, VZW, Sprint, and T-Mobile respectively ) are the flagship phones of their respective companies. Each company has so many other great devices that get lost in the shadows because they concentrate to hard on these. I can truly say that it's finally good to see some good ol fashion MATURE comments on this site ( thanx to VZWEMP and drewsky ).

21. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

Thanks for clearing that up for me brikz4real. You know I hope other carriers like Verizon do get the IPhone, because Im tired of ATT avoided other Flagship phones of cellphone manufacturers like Samsung, Nokia, and LG. The Samsung i8910(HD) looks to be a real nice handset, but Im sure ATT will avoid it because it could hurt the upcoming IPhone sells. The Viewty II also looks good. I think ATT will continue to avoid other handsets. They want to ride this Apple thing as long as they can. The true quality and service of a network will probably always be overlooked as well.

25. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I'm a Storm user and I can honestly say I love my phone. However, I'd like to see the iphone come to VZW to stir some things up. I've never been tempted to leave VZW for the iphone because I can't stand AT&T in terms of everything, but I'd def give the iphone a strong consideration when/if it comes to big red. And the main reason for that is that I use Mac computers. I have always been a Mac user and only use PC's when I'm on campus at school as they don't have any Macs running. The frustrating thing about my BB is that it's VERY limited as to it's Mac compatibility. I would have thought they would have gotten on that issue in a more timely fashion, but it's frustrating not to be able to utilize desktop manager with my BB. I don't care for the non-removable battery or non-upgradeable memory with the iphone, but with OS 3.0 coming out, a lot of the software probs I had with the iphone will be eliminated. Now it will mainly just be a problem of the horrible service provider it's on til (hopefully) VZW will get it. Sometime around next year would be a perfect release too as my contract with my Storm will go up then!

26. VZWEMP

Posts: 158; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

even without us aquiring Alltel we still added more customers last quater. And yes the iPhone took a good amount of customers away from every carrier. but they didnt leave because of service, they left because they wanted a particular phone that we did not offer. On the other hand the people that do have the iPhone that have returned to verizon, which i come across quite often have returned due to lack of service offered by Att. All employees (verizon) received an email regarding Att's drastic efforts to keep the phone exclusive and how hard it will be for Apple to actually take Att up on their offers. Att knows that if we get that device all bets are off. That Att's only selling point. Global compatibilty will be a thing of the past because we are offering more and more global capable phones.

32. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Stupid apple.... I have VZW and I will make fun of any of my friends that buy an iPhone if it does happen.

43. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

And what people also fail to realize is that the iphone was first offered to Verizon, and Verizon and Apple were not able to come to terms. In other words Apple couldnt and wouldnt meet Verizons demands. However if the talks go well that will all change.

3. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

So I wonder if the Verizon Wireless fanboy fags will still hate the Iphone if its on their precious network? And I bet that Blackberry is shitting their pants because once the Iphone is on VW noone will have to deal with the Storm any longer.

7. Jango_Fred

Posts: 58; Member since: Dec 17, 2008

I am a Verizon Customer (I wouldn't go as far as saying "fanboy", and I'm not a fag as I am a male and happily married to a female) but I would not own an iPhone on Verizon anymore than I would on any other network. Do the iPhones still have a "manufacturer only" replaceable battery? That was my biggest gripe with the first generation.

11. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i would still keep my storm. what would make me go to the iphone?

17. heavybreathing

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 26, 2009

Consistant functionality. Not being laggy as hell. No freezing issues. No dropped calls (yeah, I said it) Not having a wiggly screen where you can see the circuitboard. Idk. Not much.

20. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i have dropped calls all the time, i cant even use my storm in my house...but same with at&t. mine rarely freezes. the other things are minor. whenever i try go to crackberry.com on an iphone safari closes down.

30. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

vzw fanman: whenever i try go to crackberry.com on an iphone safari closes down. ==================================================== funny, im currently looking around on crackberry.com with no problems. Sounds like user error if you ask me!

33. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

no it wasnt a user error. multiple iphones werent able to hold the full crackberry site. crackberry.com takes the longest out of any webpage to load on my phone... anyway they must have fixed it to work on the iphone.

4. BigRed83

Posts: 144; Member since: May 19, 2008

IF (and that's a big IF) Apple puts out an LTE version, and makes iPhone 3.0 software actually work, I will be happy to support it. I won't own one, but I'll support it.

41. Striker13084

Posts: 128; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

I don't think the iPhone is bad. It is a cool good looking phone on a crappy network. Once it has the backing of our network it will be even better.

6. The Godfather unregistered

BB Storm FTW Screw crApple and gAyT&T

8. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

seriously kill yourself.

12. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you know what they use to say. cingular keeps getting shittier

24. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Why don't you lead by example and kill yourself first?

29. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

HAHAHAHAHA, this post made me laugh out loud in my store. Customers started looking at me. Thanks tflex.....i think a lot of us on here feel that TheGodfather should do this.....hell, id help'em!

9. rabeck

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 06, 2008

What would all you AT&T IPhone haters have to write about then?????

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I don't think they'll be complaining about much regardless if they but it or not or like it or not. How often do you see Verizon users critisize on their carrier. It happens but not very often.

23. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I meant buy it or not

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