Verizon willing to pay to keep iPhone off Sprint and T-Mobile?
We have all heard the rumors of the iPhone going to Verizon in early 2011 but today we are hearing word from Analyst Shaw Wu with Kaufman Bros., that Verizon is not only interested in obtaining Apple's widely popular iPhone but they may be willing to pay a price to keep it out of the hands of Sprint and T-Mobile.
Wu also told investors that Google's Android operating system has begun to lose some of its luster with Verizon and gaining a device like the iPhone could greatly increase subscribers on their network.
If true it seems as if it just creates the same situation we are in now in the U.S. except we will have one other option. What do you think about Verizon possibly being willing to pay to keep the iPhone off of the Sprint and T-Mobile networks?
[ AppleInsider ]
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Well, one of the rumors was that Verizon was forcing Apple to build a CDMA device with an internal antenna. We'll see if that rumor, as well as the early 2011 release rumor, pans out.
It is not clear what Verizon's plans for it's LTE network on phones are yet. As for it's mobile broadband...Verizon charges the same $50 for 5gb of LTE/3G coverage s it does for basic 3G connectivity. So to say that all carriers will up charge customers for newer and faster technologies simply because Sprint does for it's dubious WiMaxx network is a stretch at best.
This is my thinking as well. Get the phone out there to hungry customers to start. Launch the iPhone 5 in June with world capabilities (with possible AT&T exclusively to start, just to honor the contract in some degree), and by the next year a fully capable LTE phone to take advantage of the by-then robust networks.
Sprint Evo 4g 0.33 MB/s
Verizon Droid X 0.59 MB/s
Apple Iphone 4 2.3 MB/s
T Mobile MyTouch 4g 5.47 MB/s
Ok a bit melodramatic but honestly. I'd love it on sprint. i got sprint and it's much more affordable and it would drive down verizon prices i'm sure which is a win for everyone.