Verizon Executive Calls CDMA iPhone Inevitable

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  1. fjfjfjfj macrumors regular

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    FROM EWEEK.COM:

    WASHINGTON—The introduction of a version of the Apple iPhone for the Verizon Wireless network is not only possible, it is "inevitable," according to a Verizon regional president.

    In an interview with eWEEK at the National Press Club on June 14, Michael Maiorana, Verizon president for the Washington-Baltimore-Virginia region, said it was a matter of when, not if, Apple would release a version of the iPhone for the Verizon network.

    However, Maiorana declined to predict when a CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) version of the iPhone suitable for the Verizon network would be ready for the market, saying he didn't want such speculation to hurt Motorola Droid sales during the summer.

    Maiorana's comments come as rumors continue to arrive from sources far afield that the companies that manufacture the subassemblies for Apple iPhones are acquiring the chips and other support hardware required to create a CDMA version of the iPhone. Some of these rumors indicate that a CDMA iPhone will be ready for shipment in November. However, Maiorana declined to confirm or deny that November was a target release date.

    While most of these rumors are third- and fourth-hand, there are enough of them that they can't be ignored. If these stories are true, and if they mean what they seem to mean, Verizon Wireless could be getting its own version of the iPhone in a few months.

    Meanwhile, there are analysts, such as Shaw Wu from Kaufman Bros., who suggest that T-Mobile could bring the iPhone to market this year or in early 2011. It could easily be that both T-Mobile and Verizon will carry iPhones. In fact, T-Mobile could bring the iPhone to the United States in a matter of weeks, assuming that an agreement could be reached with Apple.

    The reason T-Mobile could move so quickly is that the company already sells the iPhone, just not in the United States. You can buy a T-Mobile iPhone in Europe easily, and it'll work just fine in the United States. In fact, calls to T-Mobile tech support managers have confirmed that the company will happily provision your European iPhone for U.S. use, and include all of the various features and applications that you'd normally get from any other T-Mobile phone in service here. T-Mobile will also provision your AT&T iPhone to run on T-Mobile as well, but that's another story.

    [Original Story Link: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Verizon-Executive-Calls-CDMA-iPhone-Inevitable-671780/]
     
  2. IBradMac macrumors 68000

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    Unbelievable, now we have an iPhone to Verizon thread going. :(
     
  3. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    Sweet jesus! I guess this means there will be alot of unicorn sightings soon!
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Of course, it's a new day isn't it.

    "While most of these rumors are third- and fourth-hand....." Convincing.:rolleyes:
     
  5. lorenwade macrumors 68000

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    An? No. Probably the 4th today!

    Interesting info though.
     
  6. JediZenMaster macrumors 68000

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    I'm waiting for the thread that says "The white iphone is for verizon".
     

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