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Analyst: '70 percent chance' of Verizon iPhone in 2010

updated 04:30 pm EST, Wed December 9, 2009

LTE support not a concern?

There are several reasons why the iPhone will come to Verizon in 2010, argues Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen. AT&T's exclusive hold on the US iPhone is set to expire in the near future, probably before the release of a new model next summer. While AT&T may be able to extend its contract with Apple by offering higher subsidies, it is believed that Apple has stronger incentive to add a second American carrier.

Verizon is foremost noted to be the largest cellphone carrier in the US, with roughly 89 million subscribers as compared to AT&T's 82; millions of additional iPhone customers could potentially be gained. Apple is also thought to be upset with AT&T's handling of network traffic, mainly in New York City and San Francisco, which each have large numbers of iPhone owners due to wealthy and tech-savvy demographics. The present smartphone market is also described as a landgrab, in which Apple cannot afford to stop growing, or let Verizon keep funding rival platforms like Android or BlackBerry.

The major factor holding Apple back remains technology, as Verizon uses a CDMA/EVDO-based network, whereas all current iPhones rely on GSM and HSPA. If Apple waits until both Verizon and AT&T have LTE (4G) networks, a Verizon iPhone could be delayed until at least 2011. A 2010 deal could also be threatened by Verizon itself, should the carrier demand more revenue than Apple is willing to share.




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  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Still.

    A Verizon 4G LTE iPhone would have to fall back on a CDMA network at some point as an LTE Verizon network won't be nationwide until 2013-2014. With that fact in mind, there's no reason to wait if they want to start selling the phone on America's largest carrier.

    On the other hand, I could easily see them adding support for the 1700Mhz spectrum to work on T-Mobile's 3G network. If Apple really wants to "destroy" Android, that's a rather good option of attack.

  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +5

    100% Chance of Bullshit

    You can't spell analyst without anal.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Wow, America is slow.

    Canadian CDMA carriers only took a couple of years to roll out HSPA+ (21Mbps) while the US has one carrier barely rolling out 7.2 HSPA and LTE for Verizon is supposedly 4-5 years away.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    70%?

    Now they're sounding like meteorologists. I wonder who's more accurate in their forecast?

    Do these analyst guys work for the CRU?

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