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Verizon: 4G network could attract future iPhone deal

updated 05:55 pm EDT, Thu April 16, 2009

4G iPhone on Verizon?

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon executive Ivan Seidenberg mentioned that Apple could be more willing to work with the carrier on a potential iPhone deal as the 4G LTE network begins operation. The technology will also be used by AT&T and a number of other carriers, although Verizon is expected to be one of the first with active service by 2010.

AT&T plans to introduce 4G-grade access sometime in 2010, but the commercial service will not arrive until the middle of 2011 and about a year behind Verizon. In the meantime, the iPhone carrier will rely on HSPA+ software upgrades to existing HSPA networks, which will cap at roughly 20Mbps.

Even if Verizon launches LTE ahead of the crowd, a deal in 2010 is still unlikely unless Apple decides to produce a CDMA-compatible iPhone that could work on the broader network until the carrier phases out CDMA in 2011. Seidenberg said Apple never seriously planned on producing a CDMA iPhone due to limited distribution potential.

In the meantime, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is reportedly involved in discussions with Apple to extend the exclusive iPhone deal into 2011. Both companies have been publicly quiet about terms of the current deal, although it is said to expire at the end of the year.




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  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    oh yeah?

    So Apple might be more willing to work with Verizon?

    Apple offered Verizon the iPhone, but Verizon turned it down. When the iPhone launched, Verizon said publicly it wasn't that good, and Verizon didn't want to carry it.

    Of course Apple might be willing to work with Verizon - if Verizon stays out of the way and gives Apple complete control of design, function and apps. Otherwise, no deal.

  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    I now see why AT&T is

    trying to persuade Apple to extend it's contract. All those Verizon users that switched to AT&T for the iPhone would end up switching back to Verizon. Such an ill wind blows both ways. As long as Verizon learned from it's mistake, who cares if they turned down Apple.

    The iPhone is just begging for a 4G network to run free in. Of course, Apple should have full control with the iPhone. Same goes for that soon-to-be-introduced Apple tablet with optional 4G. Heh, heh, heh.

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