Verizon Willing To Pay For iPhone Exclusivity To Itself And AT&T

News | Sunday December 5 2010 2:20 PM | Comments (0) Tags: , , , ,

But according to AppleInsider, Analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros. in a research report has claimed that Verizon is willing to pay Apple a premium to ensure that the iPhone is available only on its network and AT&T. It doesn’t want rivals T-Mobile and Sprint to offer Apple ’s iPhone .
“We are hearing that (Verizon) does not want iPhone , the hottest selling smartphone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T,” Wu wrote. “For these reasons, (Verizon) could be more willing to give in to Apple ‘s terms.”
He said that Apple ‘s record-setting iPhone sales, which reached 14.1 million last quarter, have placed Apple in the “driver’s seat” when it comes to negotiations. Wu also asserted that Google’s Android operating system has begun to “lose some of its luster” at Verizon.
If this is true then it is a clear sign that Verizon is concerned about AT&T growing subscriber base thanks to the iPhone exclusivity and slow growth of its subscriber base and doesn’t want to fight for subscribers with T-Mobile and Sprint when it starts offering Apple ’s iPhone . According to the
, AT&T had managed to reach 92.8 million subscribers in the US, adding over 2.6 million users over the course of the third quarter. Meanwhile Verizon, which had a 93.4 million subscriber base added just under 1 million new subscribers during the same period. It is however estimated that Verizon could possibly sell up to 9 million iPhones in 2011 according to Charlie Wolf, an analyst at Needham & Co. in New York.
of the iPad in Verizon’s retail stores for sale, 2011 surely seems to be the year when Apple and Verizon join hands – a good six years after their
Are you waiting for Verizon to offer iPhone on its network? Is it your dream phone? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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