time ago, we covered that the iPhone was going to be an AT&T
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:
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
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
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
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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