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Verizon iPhone tipped for January

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue June 29, 2010

Verizon iPhone may kick off 2011

A pair of sources claimed Tuesday that the Verizon iPhone would ship in January 2011. The tipsters to Bloomberg didn't mention whether it would support voice over EVDO or otherwise differentiate from the GSM version apart from the choice of network.

Most talk surrounding the phone has had production start in August or September to build up enough supply for the launch. Some have put the launch in November, but that may depend on Apple's ability to build up enough supply even as it caters to existing customers.

Although the original iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T was due to end in 2012, Apple is increasingly believed to have negotiated an early end to the term. Why this was may never be known, but the switch to a subsidized iPhone, an exclusive on the iPad or complaints about AT&T service levels may have cut the deal short. AT&T is thought by many to be aware of the shortened length, as it recently decided both to hike its early cancellation fees and offer full upgrade pricing to every iPhone buyer with 2010 eligibility; together, they would encourage customers to renew contracts and scare them away from Verizon next year.

Any iPhone launch on Verizon is expected to trigger a major surge in demand that could add millions of extra sales to Apple's bottom line once sold.



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  1. Herod

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    shhhyeah!

    and monkeys will fly out of my butt.

  1. wrenchy

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    BLAH, BLAH...


    BLAH BLAH BLAH....

    Why does anyone care if VZW gets the iPhone?

    This Sheeets getting old. Apple says you will be happy with AT&T. Like good fanbois and gurls, you must agree with Apple.

  1. testudo

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    Gibberish

    Although the original iPhone exclusivity deal with AT&T was due to end in 2012,

    This has never been stated or proved. The link you provide is to some legal documents that state it. But those documents were written by the plaintiffs and is just reiterating the rumored deal.

    Why this was may never be known, but the switch to a subsidized iPhone,

    Apple's switch to the subsidized phone is what pushed iPhone sales up. And they still get a sweet deal from ATT. The problem for Apple with their original scheme was that it caused way too much accounting pain, not to mention ATT was one of the few (if not only) company to bend to the "We want a monthly cut from the phone plan!" demand, which no other company does.

    an exclusive on the iPad

    Um, ATT didn't get an exclusive on the iPad. Or did you miss that memo? It is not locked to ATT, and only some of the iPads even need ATT (just the 3G models).

    or complaints about AT&T service levels may have cut the deal short.

    Nah, can't be that. We were told those complaints were warrantless. Probably all due to a small set of idiot iPhone users not knowing the proper way to hold their phones.

  1. Fast iBook

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    Never...

    I will never care about nor use vzw, i can hardly understand why anyone else would with their amazingly scary billing track record.

    - A

  1. facebook_Tristan

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    I think everyone keeps talking about a Verizon iPhone because they want the iPhone 4 on Verizon. Maybe they believe that constantly creating rumors (yes thats what they are) that it may become a reality.

    If you want IRREFUTABLE PROOF that the iPhone will NOT be coming to Verizon anytime soon check out the article called "Why Verizon wont see the iPhone anytime soon" at http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com/

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