Will the iPhone end up at T-Mobile instead of Verizon?This article contains unofficial information.
Shaw Wu, an analyst for Kaufman Brothers, also points out that with Apple pushing customers to its iTunes site. that would compete with Big Red's proprietary VCast music and videos. Wu also notes that Apple gets about $700 for each iPhone from AT&T. Verizon's cost basis on the DROID is $450 paid to Motorola, so that is a $250 gap that Apple and Verizon would have to discuss before striking a deal. The current popularity of the Motorola DROID and its acceptance as the first real iPhone challenger on Verizon may also lessen the carrier's determination to land the iPhone. The analyst says that both T-Mobile and Sprint would be more compatible with Apple's goals. Wu notes that "from a technology perspective, we believe T-Mobile may have an advantage with a similar 3G UMTS/WCDMA network as AT&T." Both AT&T and T-Mobile are GSM carriers as opposed to Verizon and Sprint with their CDMA technology. That could be another point in favor of T-Mobile. In Verizon's favor is the larger number of potential iPhone users currently using the largest carrier in the U.S. and of course, there is the network. Widely considered to be the best in the country, Big Red was just named Consumer Reports' top carrier as we informed you yesterday. AT&T was last. It might just come down to the current battle between AT&T and Verizon and the bridges burned by the latter during this scorched Earth campaign.
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source: TheStreet, CNN