As we hear every few months, another rumor has surfaced and this time it is being publicized stronger than ever. Once again it is rumored that Verizon is set to try and pick up the iPhone as soon as AT&T’s exclusivity contract expires sometime in 2010.
This has been reported by multiple news sites including, but not limiting to, USAToday, Engadget, and Ars Technica some of which we have been able to trust in the past. However at this point in time there is no hard evidence to support nor deny these claims, there is only educated guesses as to what Apple’s next move will be.
It is very unlikely that Apple will decide to move the iPhone over to a CDMA network, or create two different types of iPhones for that matter. Instead what will probably happen, if Apple ever goes with Verizon, is that they will wait until Verizon goes to the new LTE 4G network which is based off of a GSM network, according to Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg. This would make the transition easier on all parties. But even if Apple would consider going to Verizon solely due to the LTE network, then all they have to do is wait until 2011 because AT&T is releasing their own LTE network.
Even if Apple was currently concidering going with Verizon neither company has anything to say that really helps support this rumor either. Apple COO Tim Cook claims that they are “very happy” with thier current relationship with AT&T and doesn’t plan on changing anything in the near future. He further stated this about CDMA networks, “From a technology point of view, Verizon is on CDMA, and we chose from the beginning of the iPhone to focus on one phone for the whole world. When you do that, you really go down the GSM route because CDMA really doesn’t have a life to it after a certain point in time.”