Verizon To Sell CDMA iPhones From Early 2011

News | Sunday October 3 2010 8:01 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , , , ,

The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. The phone, for which Qualcomm Inc. is providing a key chip, is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year, according to the same people.
over AT&T losing its exclusive carrier status to Verizon have been doing the rounds for a long time.
As we have mentioned earlier, there are a few reasons why the rumor may turn out to be true this time around:
for several users by six months. This, along with the
, could be an indication that Ma Bell is bracing itself up for competition from Verizon. By advancing the upgrade eligibility of its subscribers, AT&T may have ensured that these customers do not migrate to Verizon when the
launches an iPhone six months from now.
Verizon's LTE network is expected to be launched in select markets by the end of this year. However, this next-generation service is likely to roll-out nationwide only by the end of 2011. The launch of a
in early 2011 will give Apple an opportunity to offer an upgraded iPhone with LTE capability in the latter part of 2011. Apple has successfully followed this upgrade strategy in the past quite well.
It has often been argued that CDMA is a dying technology and that Apple may not partner with Verizon until LTE is rolled out. However, this decision may prove costly in the light of the
, especially since AT&T is considered as a major weakness of the iPhone . So Apple needs to partner with Verizon to counter the threat from Android. While this argument may not support the latest speculation over the January 2011 launch, it is apparent that Apple should launch a Verizon iPhone sooner rather than later. Apple had announced that it sold over
after it was launched. We can't even imagine what the numbers would have been if iPhone 4 was available on Verizon.
Will you be jumping ship when Verizon starts selling iPhones? Do you want the
have a different form factor?

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