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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19 Comments

1. Kartiel unregistered

Fuck Iphone 4 Gives us Iphone with 4g speeds

2. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

7. phonedemocracy

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 30, 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.

10. elgee02

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 26, 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?

18. SMH@YOU unregistered

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

3. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 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

4. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

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

5. annonymous unregistered

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

6. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

9. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

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

12. bohannibal

Posts: 27; Member since: Aug 17, 2009

they have an verizon app that makes them verizon experts

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

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. :-)

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. :-)

11. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

13. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

14. theman414

Posts: 132; Member since: Jun 08, 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.

19. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. butters unregistered

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

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