Verizon could still offer the iPhone as a 3G/4G device this summer

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Verizon could still offer the iPhone as a 3G/4G device this summer
This is a story that is constantly changing, The last time we reported on the Verizon branded iPhone, it appeared that any such creature could be delayed into 2011 thanks to the possibility of an extension of the exclusivity pact between Apple and AT&T. Now, the latest story involves a hybrid 3G/4G iPhone for Big Red that would offer the faster speeds in the 25-30 cities that will support LTE on launch. Verizon has said that it doesn't expect full deployment of LTE until this fall with the first phone available early in 2011. While this alone would seem to quash reports of a hybrid iPhone, it should also be noted that voice over LTE has not been finalized. So if all of the evidence points away from an iPhone on Big Red's network, why is it that this rumor persists? Where there is smoke there is fire, but Verizon certainly is not hurting for top end phones right now. However, once Sprint launches the EVO 4G in June, things will change and that is when a 3G/4G hybrid iPhone would certainly help Verizon.

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27 Comments

1. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

Ok this is getting retarted to hear about. In the last three days I have heard 5 different versions of what seems to be the same story. And this article has so many flaws that its ridiculous. 20-30 cities this fall and in the next sentence it says full deployment? Voice over LTE??? it doesnt matter since at this time all 4G standards are not capable of producing voice and it really doesnt matter. Really? Really?

6. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

i think it meens 20 to 30 cities this summer and full market by fall

11. phoneguy

Posts: 213; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

right but Last week Verizon said they are pushing the Launch of these 20-30 cities till fall. Full deployment wont happen till the end of 2011 early 2012.

14. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

It's not 20-30 Cities, It's 20-30 markets. There's a huge difference between cities and markets.

2. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

I'll believe it when I see it! This rumor always ramps up when apple is about to release a new phone and other carriers know ppl are going to switch.

3. jskrenes

Posts: 209; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

From what my Verizon people are telling me, the voice calls will happen on 3G/1X frequencies, and data will happen on 4G. So a 4G iPhone still seems pretty far off.

4. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

the fact of the matter is...none of us have taken part in buildin the phone nor are we technicians for Verizon or LTE so to try to definitively say how this phone will connect to the carrier's services is a long shot...and I hardly trust the knowledge of someone postin in a forum. I don't see why a hybrid iPhone wouldn't be very much possible within the initial LTE launch. But again, iPhone has cried wolf too many times...so I'll believe it when I see it

15. sinfulta

Posts: 279; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

LTE can handle voice as a VOIP call routed with they're number. Even current 3G services from providers can handle this if the carriers wanted. But they aren't because they don't want to add any unnecessary bandwidth to they're current 3G network. It actually doesn't take much to make a phone call over the network (3G or 4G) and have it sound good. Good to a point where you don't notice or had no idea. So it's very plausible. Those who have Skype on Verizon can tell you it sounds damn good, and they are using the network and not have to be in a WIFI area.

27. PapaJay224

Posts: 866; Member since: Feb 08, 2009

They do, with the Skype Mobile, an Exclusive App from Verizon Wireless. +1 for Sinfulta. Verizon doesnt need this phone anymore, we have the money to expand our customer base on our own, thats what great, we dont need a iPhone lemming device for everyone to walk over to us like zombies. We innovate, we reinvent competition.

5. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Yeah, No... More crap from phone arena to keep people interested. yawn, its gettin old....

7. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Come on phonearena stop hurting the fanboys, AT&T got a contract with Apple untill 2012......!!!

8. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

if it happenes i would put it till 2011 atliest or next summer cause it seems like most rumers on this site that are true seem to get dragged out further than expected almost every time

9. wreh3

Posts: 25; Member since: Apr 19, 2010

Business politics does not do any good to the consumers; Facts and honesty are what the consumers look up to. Apple, AT&T, Verizon & Sprint stop playing with consumers about your products.

12. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 2009

What are the carriers doing to "play with consumers?" Apple and VZW are notoriously tight-lipped. Case in point: The HTC INC that was just released? The CSR's wouldn't even acknowledge it until the day before release. These rumors don't come from the carriers, they come from sites and tech geeks who want to scoop something. They see an FCC posting and spin some wild tale. They hear about some carrier placing an order for 500,000 chipsets and weave some story out of circumstance and supposition.

22. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1 mthoren...very well worded.

10. trin

Posts: 88; Member since: May 11, 2010

Once Verizon deploys LTE a large percentage of their devices will start to use the new mini sim cards. One of the rumored Iphones will use mini sim. So?....

13. scorpio85

Posts: 160; Member since: Jan 16, 2010

I think its bullshit if Verizon only gets it, if they even do. It would be stupid of Apple to not whore out the phone from what Android has been doing to the market. I do agree though with everyone else, this news is so 2008, lol.

16. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

This is getting old Verizon won't get the iphone they don't need it seriously i mean if apple wanted them to have it they would of had it by now apple gots the money to break the contract if it was that serious....lol

17. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Again, this is just garbage rumors spread by online media in hopes of gaining readers. Verizon was only considered for the iphone at the start back in 2004 and rejected APPLE's offer as the price was too steep for subsidies. AT&T will have an iphone in 2011, and 2012 could be the year that both VERIZON and AT&T get an LTE iphone, depending on the situation.

18. Jojofromdabay

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 06, 2010

Well the fact that At&t will get the new iphone this summer is an absolute given. However the fact that verizon iphone is a strong possibility to be true given. Now everybody knows that when you sign a contract there are a few things that we the people who are looking in dont know. While At&t has exclusivity the contract can be restructured this summer or we can also see a new apple phone all in it self. That would be the smartest thing on be half of apple if iphones are circulating they can still do the same thing they did with laptops no ibook now macbook which could also be the start of the macphone.

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I guarantee it - no IPHONE for VERIZON in 2010.....if anyone doubts otherwise.....there's an app for that. LOL, seriously, APPLE loves this stuff as it drives the business - FREE MARKETING....

20. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

"So if all of the evidence points away from an iPhone on Big Red's network, why is it that this rumor persists?" PHONEARENA, yeah, why does this rumor still exist?? Because you have shoddy reporters who need to print something on this site to create a buzz.....

21. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

why does it matter if verizon gets the i-phone....ITS NOT THE ONLY PHONE IN THE WORLD LOL

23. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

CORRECT el MUNDO (LOL) - I prefer an ANDOID phone, but may have to (AHEM) settle for the IPHONE IV.

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ANDOID-ANDROID.....d'oh!!!

25. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

be funny if tmobile is the next to get an iphone hahahah another crappy network

26. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Fcuk Apple. This get's old.

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