Verizon: No Plans To Carry The iPhone In The Immediate Future
We have seen several analysts and industry insiders talk in the past few weeks about the possibilities for Verizon to launch a CDMA iPhone later this year. According to some reports, Apple has already contracted Pegatron Technology to manufacture the CDMA iPhone handsets for release early next year.
Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar however had pointed out late last month that the new CDMA version of iPhone was likely to launch during this year's holiday shopping season.
Despite these strong speculations, Apple has remained tight-lipped about their potential partnership with Verizon. The carrier too has refrained from explicitly confirming or denying the speculations. In a recent interview with Beet.tv, Verizon spokesperson, John Johnson noted that his company had "no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future". Instead, Johnson expressed enthusiasm over Android-based HTC Incredible which he claimed was "outperforming just about everything else out there".
Johnson's statements may come as a disappointment to a lot of iPhone users waiting to switch from AT&T to a more reliable network carrier. Nevertheless, if recent moves from AT&T are any indication, chances for Apple to announce an end to AT&T's network exclusivity during WWDC still appears likely. Last month, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega noted that the company was not worried about losing the exclusivity deal with Apple. Also, the carrier announced new data plans for the iPhone yesterday that would consequently bring tethering to iPhone users after a long wait. We have also heard rumors that iPhone 4G might be coming to Sprint this month.
One must also note that Johnson has not categorically denied the Verizon iPhone rumors. As we had noted earlier, Verizon is expected to carry the iPhone only around November of this year. Considering that this is still over five months from now, Johnson's statement about Verizon not carrying the iPhone in the "immediate future" is entirely subjective and open to interpretation at this point.
You may watch Johnson's interview with Beet.tv embedded below. As always, do not forget to tell us your views on the story in the comments below.
[via Business Insider]
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