Apple iPhone to get Verizon launch in Q3 of 2010?

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Apple iPhone to get Verizon launch in Q3 of 2010?
Rumors of a Verizon branded iPhone are as old as the handset itself. Now, we have a report that cites sources in the Taiwan supply chain that Apple has picked a contract manufacturer to produce a hybrid UMTS/CDMA "worldmode" iPhone that would work on Big Red's network. The report, obtained by AppleInsider from an Industry analyst and written by OTR Global, says the device will be built by Asustek subsidiary Pegatron instead of the current iPhone manufacturer Hon Hai. This was done to prevent Apple from being locked into just one source.

According to the report, this new iPhone would have a 2.8 inch display as opposed to the current iPhone which sports a 3.5 inch screen. This dovetails perfectly with some pictures leaked last summer showing the front panel of the current iPhone and a smaller panel that looks to be for a smaller version of the phone. In exchange for accepting a smaller display, the new iPhone would be able to be used on CDMA and UMTS networks thanks to Qualcomm's "worldmode" components. Any official announcement by Verizon might be delayed while the carrier continues to push the Android powered Motorola DROID as a challenger to Apple's touchscreen phone. News of a Verizon branded iPhone might stop DROID sales dead in their tracks which would be a negative for the nation's number one carrier heading into the all important holiday shopping season. Besides, Verizon would have to rescue the iPhone from the Island of Misfit Toys which is tough to do during the holiday season.

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Apple iPhone to get Verizon launch in Q3 of 2010?


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33 Comments

1. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

Really, who these days want a 2.8 inch screen?

24. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

These rumors are ridiculous. I could see them finding an iphone that had "verizon" written on it with a sharpie and assuming it is a new prototype.

27. sully23

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 12, 2009

Okay really if this is what brings the allegiance of Iphone users to Verizon whatever, to be honest the droid that they launched has been only beginning of something that really will put the iphone on the back burner because of what that phone has to offer. Not saying the Iphone is finished but it is really going to have it's hands full if it wants to continue its dominance. I really don't see them launching something that will limit the current Iphone unless they start to streamline the current models going forward I really don't see this an issue. Though I would start to consider maybe just maybe by the time if a verizon branded Iphone lands to verizon the Droid based 2.0 OS and more makes that phone looks just silly.

30. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Am I the only person that noticed the picture above has a picture of neither IPhone screen size. It shows and 2.8" on right and a 3.2" on left. Not 3.49" which is what the current Iphone is. So will there be two models?

31. jharo

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

I for one think that more compact is better.

2. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

how would a 2.8" iphone compete with a 3.7" droid (or 4.3" if the passion rumours are true...)? verizon would be laughed at for such an inferior iphone and with their push for bigger and better smartphones, it just doesnt make any sense...

3. idiotwind13

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

I was already bored with the iPhone, but now with a 2.8 inch display? Really? I would have to agree with the above comment and question who in the world would buy that phone, but then I remember all the mindless sheep who want an iPhone because its the "it" device, even though an iPhone with a display that small would be far inferior to at least a couple of Verizon's current phones.

4. realism121

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 16, 2008

this article is garbage. phonearena is getting so completely ridiculous.

5. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

wouldn't break my heart if vzw didn't get it.

9. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

What? I thought you liked the iPhone!

22. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

my bad. you're right illyich, i love the iphone.

6. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Sales of a lesser device like this one will be comprised of a) people who don't know any better, and b) AT&T iphone customers suffering with poor service who are just THAT desparate to jump ship. I'm hung up over the Eris' 3.2" screen being not big enough. I wouldn't touch a 2.8" iphone or any other phone with a 10ft pole unless they were giving it away and waving the data plan fee for the duration of the contract. Fat chance that will happen. Nice FAIL there, Apple.

8. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

you don't like the droid?

7. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

VZW needs that phone URGENT........!!!! So the Fanboys can have a life....!!!!

13. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

What are talking about? If the iPhone does make it to big red, then the VZW Fanboys would have nothing to complain about, but then again it could be a good thing. "oooo look at me I have an iPhone, now I can go to Starbucks and look cool!"

15. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah sure cuz any kind of "cool" factor justification for purchasing a phone falls entirely in the lap of those that didn't want one on ATTs network. In fact, I think the opposite could be said...those people that wanted to "look cool" first jumped on a phone to be the first ones to have the newest/coolest toy and in the process helped bankroll a shitty, two-faced, empty promising company in the process. You ATT/iPhone fanboys/girls are the biggest hypocrites on this site!

19. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

instinctDemon, your post is right on. I feel that the more people I know that have an iPhone use it becuase it makes them look cool, rather than because they actually like apple. Apple's marketing is GENIUS! They make a decent product, make sheep want to buy it, then 4 months later release a slightly better product that is identical in almost every way, then market that the new one is soooooo much better that the sheep that bought the first generation would look so stupid for carrying the old one that they "NEED" to upgrade to the new one and spend another rediculous amount of money. There was a MadTV sketch that made fun of this very topic. the "iScrewed" sketch. It is funny.

23. InstinctDemon

Posts: 74; Member since: Nov 09, 2009

KiltLifter, It's always gonna be that way with every phone I remember when the RAZR came out my buddy shelled out $700.00! and then Poof everyone had to get one, I laughed cause after 3 months, the people that had the original V3, the V3i with iTunes came out. People are like sheep when it comes to the "latest and greatest". Yeah I laughed when the iPhone 3G came out then the Palm Pre came out then Apple added "Now with Video" with the 3GS only 3 months after rolling the 3G. LOL

10. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

There you go, guys! You get the same iPhone... except it's just a little, you know, smaller!

11. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

LOL I don't care who you are for that was funny!

25. jrg11

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 12, 2009

I've been told smaller is ok as long as I know how to use it. Hopefully it comes with an instruction manual.

32. vzwtechbill

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

Don't worry, if Apple proves consistent, they'll release an upgrade in 3 months or a year that will have the bigger screen...

12. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

WOW SAME DESIGN AND SMALLER, I AM SURE IT WILL GET VZ CUSTOMERS TO GET IT, BUT I DONT THINK ATT CUST WILL JUMP SHIP.

21. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Trust me -- there's lots of AT&T customers that are staying for just the iPhone. Which really doesn't make sense to me. The iPhone is good, regardless of what anyone on this site says. But AT&T has some major problems in really large cities -- mostly due to the iPhone. There's plenty of people that will switch if VZW gets it.

14. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

While I do agree this could happen, I doubt it will only tout a 2.8" display. That's smaller than the Dare, the Versa, etc. I have always said VZW will get an iPhone-type device by the end of next year, and I think it's plausible about the chipset, but the size I think is not accurate. As much as I love Apple's computers and the iPhone, sans ATT, I wouldn't even go for an iPhone that was THAT much smaller than the current one. I would buy one though if it were not any smaller than 3". I wouldn't mind to see the size shrunk down a bit from the current iPhone just for fit and feel while in my pocket. The size and weight of my Storm is just getting old when it's in my pockets, and I hate the look/feel of holsters!

16. darthray

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 04, 2009

These rumors are getting ridiculous. Theres no way verizon should settle for a "2.8"in screen phone when they are coming out with 3.0 in and up? my lg dare is 3.0 and to me thats small! I would like to see an iphone on verizon but Iam not that desprate. They should make it like a 4.3 like so called rumors of the htc passion in my opinon.

17. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 2009

I was also one of those waiting and hoping for a VZW iphone. After reading on all these phone sites I believe that this wouldn't happen for at least 2-3 years or until LTE is widespread across the U.S. So I jumped on the Droid the day it came out (replacing my Samsung i760 windows phone). I WILL NEVER LOOK BACK !! The Droid is awesome. I purchased the desktop cradle and the car dock and use them both daily. But to not go off on a rant, why would anyone in their right mind get a 2.8" screen !!! With the current crop of high-end smartphone starting to sport 800x480 resolutions it would be taking a HUGE step backwards ! ! ! If anyone from VZW ever reads this thread, DON'T DO IT !!!

18. drewsky

Posts: 147; Member since: Jan 04, 2009

I hope VZW gets the Iphone, so ATT can go after a real high-end phone!! VZW wouldn't accept a 2.8 screen.

20. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i might sound really stupid saying this, but there is a possibility big red will sell two different sized iphones, obviously the bigger being the more expensive and the smaller being the less expensive.

26. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

I dunno, it might just be me, or the above picture isn't quite accurate, but the "2.8" doesn't actually look all that much smaller than the standard 3.5" one, next to it.

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