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Bloomberg claims high profile sources have said it's a done deal that the iPhone 4 will land on Verizon in January 2011.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
Company still has no official word on plans

Some time ago, we covered that the iPhone was going to be an AT&T exclusive until 2012.  That might not remain the case, though, if a report in Bloomberg is to be believed.  

The publication claims two high profile sources shared information with it that points to the iPhone coming soon to Verizon.  It writes:

Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company, will start selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone next year, ending AT&T Inc.’s exclusive hold on the smartphone in the U.S., two people familiar with the plans said. 

Those sources point to a January launch date.

The language of the report makes it sound like Verizon will be receiving the real deal -- the iPhone 4  -- in 2011.  It had previously been speculated that Apple might launch a separate model of iPhone on Verizon.  Of course, the rumor that Apple was working on a full-fledged CDMA iPhone has also been long standing.

UBS AG analyst John Hodulik says if Verizon gets the iPhone, that may help it hold off second place AT&T.  Verizon currently has 92.8 million subscribers, and Hodulik estimates at least 3 million of those would buy iPhones.

Hodulik comments, "Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T end.  It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced."

The move could spell trouble for AT&T.  In the first three months of this year, it picked up 900,000 new iPhone subscribers.  Without these subscribers it would likely have posted a loss for the year-opening quarter.  For Apple, the move would be good news, though; it is estimated it would bump yearly sales up from an expected 11 million this year to around 14-15 million units.  Multiple carriers could also help it try to hold off a surging Google Android, whose smartphones are officially carried by every major U.S. carrier.

Verizon and Apple spokespeople declined comment.  Our AT&T contacts had no official word for us, but in our past conversations they've expressed to us that they are unsure when exclusivity will end exactly.  Ultimately, only a few may know the true answer to that question.

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What Verizon needs to do...
By Homerboy on 6/30/2010 9:25:39 AM , Rating: 2
(if/when they carry the iPhone) is offer an unlimited plan just to screw those people that recently got screwed by AT&T's 2GB crap.

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By gamerk2 on 6/30/2010 9:46:25 AM , Rating: 2
I got news for you: Unlimited plans are going the way of the dodo.

Of course, thats why the Iphone is getting flash support; once you get flash in the background, your usage will shoot up, forcing you onto a higher plan.

See? Its a money grab.

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By InvertMe on 6/30/2010 9:48:17 AM , Rating: 2
I got news for you: Unlimited plans are going the way of the dodo.

Says who?

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By quiksilvr on 6/30/2010 10:22:44 AM , Rating: 2
RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By InvertMe on 6/30/2010 10:26:44 AM , Rating: 2
Ahh see I don't use Verizon. Pretty sure my unlimited plan isn't going anywhere.

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By mcnabney on 6/30/2010 8:04:04 PM , Rating: 2
Within 2 years there won't be any inexpensive unlimited data plans. Well, maybe a carrier that uses 2G technology. Just like we are used to buying minutes by the bucket, data will get put into buckets too. Maybe at $150/200 they might give you 'unlimited'.
Of course you should remember that at this time everything will be megabytes. Voice will be VoIP, so calls will come out of your GB allowance. So a family share might be 10GB and you can use it any way you want - a ton of voice, lots of web surfing, a fair amount of video messaging, or watching a couple HD movies each week. It will be your choice.

By theapparition on 6/30/2010 12:35:57 PM , Rating: 2
Of course, thats why the Iphone is getting flash support; once you get flash in the background, your usage will shoot up, forcing you onto a higher plan.

I doubt that you'll ever see Flash on an iPhone.

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By Aloonatic on 6/30/2010 9:48:13 AM , Rating: 2
You guys are lucky compared to iPhone users in the UK who have a maximum plan of 1GB usage I think, then a flat charge per 500MB after that or something.

What's the deal with the iPhone in the States nowadays by the way? Is it still just on one network? If so, don't you have some sort of competition laws that stop this sort of thing from happening for too long?

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By tlbj6142 on 6/30/2010 10:49:44 AM , Rating: 2
Nope, one provider, ATT. There isn't a law to prevent it. There is plenty of competition now (Android), so I doubt anything would change.

One thing to consider, if Verizon would get the iPhone, Sprint would probably take a major hit. TMo would probably survive as it continues to be the "value" provider.

RE: What Verizon needs to do...
By Aloonatic on 6/30/2010 11:09:38 AM , Rating: 2
Well, if how things have worked out in the UK is anything to go by, then having more than one supplier of the iPhone doesn't make a great deal of difference. Their plans/deals have been almost identical for the most part. Whenever I have looked at any rate.

By TheRequiem on 7/1/2010 12:32:42 AM , Rating: 2
If anything, AT&T will take the largest hit. There will be millions of people who would leave AT&T in a heart beat to Verizon. Sprint has the two hardest phones there are, the EVO 4g and Epic 4g... Apple would have to eventually go to all the carriers if they want to remain competitive with Android in the future. Also, I still doubt this whole iPhone going to Verizon crap... Bloomberg has been wrong before plenty of times.

Verizon's new slogan?
By bradmshannon on 6/30/2010 9:48:50 AM , Rating: 5
"Can you hear me now? No? *puts phone in other hand* How about now?"

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By Mitch101 on 6/30/2010 10:03:39 AM , Rating: 2
"Still No"
Record 1.7 Million iPhones Sold in Three Days

DT: Any idea How many of these are NEW subscribers compared to people Upgrading. I have a feeling the new subscribers would pale in comparison to the number of people who upgraded to the new phone giving the illusion Apple gained much Market share.

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By daveinternets on 6/30/2010 12:21:52 PM , Rating: 2
Can't find the article at the moment, but it is something like 70% of the iPhone 4 sales were already iPhone users.

At work, so not much time to hunt for the article. It was on Gizmodo I think.

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By mellomonk on 6/30/2010 5:59:00 PM , Rating: 2
They will gain market share. The 30% new subscribers exceeds ATT's and Apple's expectations.

And that is to be expected. Android-based phones have much appeal with geek types, but to the average person who just wants a Facebook app and to sync their iTunes library, the iPhone pushes all their buttons.

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By mcnabney on 6/30/2010 8:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
No, read it again.

70% are existing iPhone users.

The remaining 30% are either:
Upgrading AT&T customers from a different device
Add-a-lines for existing AT&T customers
New customers

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By mellomonk on 7/1/2010 2:31:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yes, yes. So they are not necessarily new customers for ATT. But they are new to the iPhone hence increasing Apples market share. From what I am reading a good deal of them are new to ATT. There is not much to attract folks to ATT save for the iPhone.

RE: Verizon's new slogan?
By SublimeSimplicity on 6/30/2010 1:27:27 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's new slogan:
"Bringing AT&T reception quality to Verizon"

The largest consumer base in any market...
By Motoman on 6/30/2010 10:52:10 AM , Rating: 2 comprised of the gullible and uncritical.

Of course Verizon wants into that market. Why should AT&T have a monopoly on retards? Everybody should have the right to seperate fools from their money!

By Gyres01 on 6/30/2010 11:21:36 AM , Rating: 3
.....I say no !! Load up our decent Verizon network with a couple million Iphonies sucking up the bandwith and its going to suck for us too.....IMHO.

Experts? LOL
By LordSojar on 6/30/2010 12:08:27 PM , Rating: 3
Are these the same Bloomberg geniuses that claimed the economy was doing fairly well prior the massive implosion of the housing bubble and Wall Street? Oh yes, those guys are seers, as you can obviously tell....

I highly doubt this, this is just Bloomberg being paid off to manipulate stocks Nothing to see here people, just business as usual; just supposedly unbiased 3rd party reporters having corrupt under the table dealings with the companies they are supposedly watchdogging. <3 America.

lil' error.
By InvertMe on 6/30/2010 9:47:36 AM , Rating: 2
likely have posted a lost for the

Bloomberg seems sure... who cares?!
By nafhan on 6/30/2010 10:07:41 AM , Rating: 2
Bloomberg says it'll happen! It must be true... Until we get something slightly concrete, I'd really like to stop hearing that the iPhone is coming to Verizon. Other than having a reasonable timeline, there doesn't seem to be much of a reason to believe this article over countless others.

By bbomb on 6/30/2010 11:39:36 AM , Rating: 2
Yet another month with yet another retard saying he is 100% sure that the iPhone will be available to another carrier on x date. Not one single prediction has ever come true and I bet this one wont either.

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