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Apple and Verizon negotiating iPhone deal, 3G for tablet?

updated 07:30 pm EST, Tue January 5, 2010

Companies reportedly disagree on CDMA pricing

Apple and Verizon are allegedly involved in negotiations regarding a CDMA-equipped iPhone, although both companies are said to be unable to agree on pricing, according to UBS analyst Maynard J. Um. A separate Wall Street analyst, Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech, suggests that Apple is focusing on Verizon to be the 3G carrier for the rumored tablet device.

Um forecasts that a new iPhone will be released to the public sometime in the middle of 2010, although the disagreements, if accurate, could still be standing in the way of a Verizon launch. Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen recently placed the odds of a 2010 Verizon iPhone at approximately 70 percent, while others believe the current AT&T exclusivity will not expire until at least 2011.

Verizon CTO Anthony Melone recently boasted that his company's network was prepared for the iPhone's potential strain, however he avoided saying the network was upgraded with the intention of landing Apple's handset.

Despite the uncertainties surrounding an iPhone on Verizon, Marshall claims the carrier is Apple's top choice for extending the tablet's Internet connectivity beyond just Wi-Fi hotspots, according to unnamed sources.

"The tablet will be supported by multiple carriers," said Marshall. "Definitely Verizon. I've been told that's a certainty."

The rumored tablet and Verizon iPhone have yet to be confirmed or acknowledged by either company. Apple is expected to make a major product announcement, however, at a media event allegedly scheduled for January 27th. [via AppleInsider and ComputerWorld]

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  1. Mr. Strat

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Jan 2002


    No thanks

    If it says Verizon on it, I don't want any part of it. Predatory b*******!

  1. aristotles

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    Joined: Jul 2004


    Apple is a global player now

    I get it that Apple is an American company and they want to have a presence in the US market. AT&T provides that presence and happens to use the same technology that everyone else in the world outside of the US uses (GSM/UMTS). I also get that some AT&T customers in New York and San Francisco have problems with their service but I'd like to inject a little reality.

    1. The majority of AT&T iPhone users are satisfied with their service.
    2. Apple is now in all of these countries:
    3. The other main first world country with an interest in smartphones and CDMA networks (Canada) had their CDMA carriers switch to HSPA+ this past fall.
    4. The majority of Verizon and Sprint customers do not have or have any interest in a smartphone. They have talk and text or feature phones with services like V-Cast and Sprint's TV offering.

    The opportunity for Verizon was when Apple was initially launching the iPhone 2G in the US initially but he door closed when it launched on AT&T and then the UK.

    By the time the 3G came out, there was no hope for Verizon to get the iPhone unless if they had done as what Telus and Bell did in Canada which was to launch a faster HSPA+ network than previous GSM carriers had offered before. Verizon snoozed and lost.

  1. charlituna

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Sep 2009


    i'm not going with it.

    dual chips are ready and I just don't see Apple adding a second line of phones for verizon and sprint. unlocking the GSM sure.

    as for the tablet, I can see them putting two chips in that so anyone can buy 3g as an add on regardless of their carrier. i just hope that the 3g is optional. I am fine with just wifi.

  1. Fast iBook

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2003


    Universal chipset...

    Any phones or other mobile (cell network) devices put out after a certain date will have a universal chipset, it's the only viable solution in case someone switches carriers.

    - A

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001



    Apple will have no problem making a tablet that would work on a CDMA network, but making a phone is an issue?

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