Confirmed: iPhone definitely coming to Verizon

Fortune has uttered the words that the blogosphere has been waiting to hear for a long time now.

"Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011."

For as long as most can remember, rumors of a CDMA iPhone have been circulating through every news outlet known to man. With the release of the iPhone 4, bloggers were sure that a Verizon version would be announced as well. However, after being disappointed over and over people began to wonder if Apple and AT&T's exclusivity deal was still in effect.

Well, rest assured you Verizon chum. The iPhone is on its way. The question, however, remains--is it too late?

Verizon has been, arguably, one of the strongest advocates for Android lately. In fact, they have an entire line of phones (Droid) dedicated to the open source OS. Combining Android with high spec'd phones seems to be one of the best things Verizon has going for them. One could even wonder if a Verizon iPhone would cannibalize Verizon Android sales.

So, is there room for an iPhone on Big Red? Probably so. The world is still a big fan of the iPhone. Regardless of all the beatings the iPhone 4 has taken in the media, people still associate smartphones with Apple. Apple changed the way we use phones for the better. Even if (or when) Android takes over the market, the iPhone will probably never disappear. For Apple, inking a deal with Verizon means a chance to pick up additional market share. The one-phone-one-carrier model that it's been using in the US isn't enough to sustain adequate growth in today's competitive market.

The Verizon iPhone is a win-win-win. Consumers will benefit by not having to switch to AT&T for the iPhone, Verizon will gain plenty of new subscribers, and Apple will finally be able to reach the customers of the number one carrier in the US. The year 2011 is surely going to be one to watch closely. The smartphone wars just keep getting better and better--don't they?

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Whether it's a rumor or fact is totally irrelevant to those of us that loathe Apple. Let's all be excited about something that truly matters.

Has anyone any pics of the white Verizon Iphone (with an internal redesign that properly fixes the "antennae issue"), that would be very nice! I was actually thinking of getting one, but the antennae issue had made me feel as though I were buying tainted meat....at a premium. But the phone is lovely! Go figure!

onebadolepuddycat said,
Has anyone any pics of the white Verizon Iphone (with an internal redesign that properly fixes the "antennae issue"), that would be very nice! I was actually thinking of getting one, but the antennae issue had made me feel as though I were buying tainted meat....at a premium. But the phone is lovely! Go figure!

Antenna, not antennae.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... Dear USA, Can you please just get this OVER WITH and DONE so the rest of us don't have to endure months and years more ruminations, speculations and being BORED TO DEATH regarding an issue that's simple a complete NON-ISSUE for 90% of the rest of the world. Where we have had multiple iPhone carriers since Day One and continue to do so.

Hopefully once this archaic situation is finally resolved Stateside, people can stop bitching about the network and the true iPhone experience... good AND bad will become evident. USA users will come to realise what the rest of us has know for over 3 years... That the iPhone is not quite as perfect as Apple would have everyone believe. And that AT&T network is being unfairly tarnished by the less than perfect handset. I love my iPhone 4, and the 3GS and the 3G before that. I've run them across three different carrier networks over 3 years and yeah... lets just say that the iPhone is a great phone, but it's not perfect on any network.

Soon the USA folk will see this for themselves hopefully and the rest of us won't have to hear about AT&T and Verizon anymore... PLEASE

This just goes further to show Neowin is not a reputable or professional source for news. Screaming confirmed without doing any actual fact checking, other than reposting an article posted by another news source is what gets the wanna-bes and the legit news organizations in trouble all the time.

Will this mean people who are on AT&T will jump ship to Verizon due to AT&T's overtly congested network? I originally was waiting for the iPhone to be released on Verizon's network, but the wait was forever. Now I'm on the Droid X and am happy with Android. I kind of am glad it worked out this way, because the customizations I've made on the DX would have required a jailbroken iPhone to accomplish (and some customizations wouldn't even be possible too).

Exclusivity with AT&T not enough for world domination any more? This will be interesting to see play out though as unlike AT&T, Verizon has an outstanding lineup of mobile devices already. I know of many folks who left AT&T for their lack of selection beyond bb's and iPhones.

Dane said,
I just bought my droid X. I think I'll stay with it. Atleast for two years or year and a half.

+1 The Droid X is an impressive device.

Well, I figured it would come to VZW now, especially since the iPad launched on VZW yesterday ... so to me now, this is more a reality. Only time will tell though!

vip said,
Well, I figured it would come to VZW now, especially since the iPad launched on VZW yesterday ... so to me now, this is more a reality. Only time will tell though!

The iPad is NOT NOT NOT on Verizon. Verizon is selling the WiFi version of the iPad in their stores, bundled with a Mi-Fi. The Mi-Fi is on the Verizon network. This could have been done day 1 of the iPads release (and they did market the Mi-Fi as being able to do it). The only difference is now it is available directly in the Verizon retail stores.

episode said,

The iPad is NOT NOT NOT on Verizon. Verizon is selling the WiFi version of the iPad in their stores, bundled with a Mi-Fi. The Mi-Fi is on the Verizon network. This could have been done day 1 of the iPads release (and they did market the Mi-Fi as being able to do it). The only difference is now it is available directly in the Verizon retail stores.

Who do you think Verizon buys the iPads from?

Simon said,
Who do you think Verizon buys the iPads from?

There is a gigantic difference between them selling the Wi-Fi iPad and it being on their network.

episode said,

There is a gigantic difference between them selling the Wi-Fi iPad and it being on their network.

I agree with that, but it gives evidence that there's a relationship between Verizon and Apple. I think that's more what vip was getting at.

Simon said,
I agree with that, but it gives evidence that there's a relationship between Verizon and Apple. I think that's more what vip was getting at.

He said 'launched on Verizon'. I'll give you to 10 to 1 odds that he was simply mistaken about the situation.

"Even if (or when) Android takes over the market". Sorry, what makes you think this will happen, and why does everyone seem to want this at all? Do we really want to be beholden to google any more than apple, MS, or anyone else for our phone needs?

efjay said,
"Even if (or when) Android takes over the market". Sorry, what makes you think this will happen, and why does everyone seem to want this at all? Do we really want to be beholden to google any more than apple, MS, or anyone else for our phone needs?

Microsoft dominated the market......... and lost it because of its mistakes; now the vacuum has been filled by other players. The same happened to Borland with Quattro Pro, Wordstar and Wordperfect. Nothing new: "History repeats itself"

Who cares? If it happens then it does, I have to think that everyone who wanted one so bad probably jumped ship to ATT long ago anyways.

GP007 said,
Who cares? If it happens then it does, I have to think that everyone who wanted one so bad probably jumped ship to ATT long ago anyways.
Not at all true. I know people that care a lot more about the carrier than the phone. If the iPhone came to Verizon, it'd be a huge hit.

Is it still the case that you can't talk and surf at the same on the CDMA network? That would be the only negative I can see to iPhone on Verizon.

christracy said,
Is it still the case that you can't talk and surf at the same on the CDMA network? That would be the only negative I can see to iPhone on Verizon.

Yes, it is the still the case.

christracy said,
Is it still the case that you can't talk and surf at the same on the CDMA network? That would be the only negative I can see to iPhone on Verizon.
I've read that VZ is working to have their LTE network ready in major cities in 2011. I wonder if the two will coincide? That would mean concurrent data & voice on LTE but if the user wanders into a rural area then it'll fall back to just voice or data via CDMA. The new LTE is supposed to still use CDMA for voice anyway. At least that's how I think its supposed to work...

Tim Dawg said,
I've read that VZ is working to have their LTE network ready in major cities in 2011. I wonder if the two will coincide? That would mean concurrent data & voice on LTE but if the user wanders into a rural area then it'll fall back to just voice or data via CDMA. The new LTE is supposed to still use CDMA for voice anyway. At least that's how I think its supposed to work...

Not even close. LTE and CDMA are two entirely different things. LTE is closer to GSM then it is CDMA.

SharpGreen said,
Not even close. LTE and CDMA are two entirely different things. LTE is closer to GSM then it is CDMA.
That's not the point of his post. CDMA would continue to be used for voice traffic, while LTE will be an additional data channel that can be used simultaneously. Sprint does the same with their 4g WiMax. Without 4g, Sprint phones can not talk & surf simultaneously, but add 4g and data+voice works.

Gotta admit that Apple knows that they are doing. I'm sure they are hoping the release on Verizon's network will quell any excitement for Windows Phone 7 devices. Not enough to convince me as the iPhone is just too popular to give me any individuality but im sure lots of other will flock to VZ for it.

My thinking is that they're seeing the CDMA iPhone rumors and automatically going "ZOMFG IPHONE IZ COMING 2 VERIZON LOLOLOLOLOLOL"

Techfortune...CNN?? Isnt CNN the one that said MS is failing recently and then MS posted record profits?

Yea, I will believe the iPhone on Verizon when I see it in their store.

Stop posting these rumours for christs sake, Not a week goes by without another "OMG VERZION IPHONE CONFIRMED !" Stop doing Apple's marketing job for them.

It's not real until someone has a verifiable device that has been taken apart to prove it has a CDMA chip, or Apple issues a press release. "Fortune" confirming it means absolutely nothing.

DrCheese said,
Stop posting these rumours for christs sake, Not a week goes by without another "OMG VERZION IPHONE CONFIRMED !" Stop doing Apple's marketing job for them.

It's not real until someone has a verifiable device that has been taken apart to prove it has a CDMA chip, or Apple issues a press release. "Fortune" confirming it means absolutely nothing.


It was never confirmed.

As already said it's never been confirmed and it's being confirmed by Fortune, not "Joe Bob's Blogosphere". There's a company with a reputation at stake behind this one.

Tim Dawg said,
As already said it's never been confirmed and it's being confirmed by Fortune, not "Joe Bob's Blogosphere". There's a company with a reputation at stake behind this one.

And the NY Times doesn't have any sort of reputation on stake? Seriously. Apple has not confirmed this, and at the end of the day that is the only "confirmation" that means anything...

blade1269 said,
One way Email, Jobs and see what his wonderful responses will be.

I'm going with: Nope

They won't be wonderful. They'll be magical.

Xenosion said,

No. It was never confirmed.

Sure it "was." WSJ, NYT, etc have all done this. It isn't 'confirmed' until Apple says it is. This is no different than any other rumor that have come out since it was announced the phone would be Cingular (yes) exclusive.

Just because anyone says they are confirming it doesn't mean anything.

episode said,

Sure it "was." WSJ, NYT, etc have all done this. It isn't 'confirmed' until Apple says it is. This is no different than any other rumor that have come out since it was announced the phone would be Cingular (yes) exclusive.

Just because anyone says they are confirming it doesn't mean anything.


Before today, it has never been confirmed by Neowin itself, or by Neowin via some other source. Why would you hold the Neowin accountable for the inaccuracies of some other news venue?

Xenosion said,

Before today, it has never been confirmed by Neowin itself, or by Neowin via some other source. Why would you hold the Neowin accountable for the inaccuracies of some other news venue?

Neowin did not confirm anything though in this case either. "Fortune" confirmed this (As stated in the article). In fairness, until Apple actually announces it, it isn't "confirmed"...

StevenMalone77 said,
Isn't this about the fifth time this has been confirmed in one way or the other?
In this day and age 5x confirmation is not enough. LOL Well all of them are speculation. However, there is no reason there can't be a CDMA version of the iPhone.

Edited by Jebadiah, Oct 29 2010, 8:36pm :

M_Lyons10 said,

Neowin did not confirm anything though in this case either. "Fortune" confirmed this (As stated in the article). In fairness, until Apple actually announces it, it isn't "confirmed"...


The title of this very article: "CONFIRMED". No other Neowin article has actually been bold enough to confirm it. In all the other articles there was some wordage stating rumor, or speculation.

Obviously nothing is ever real until it's real. Get off my nuts.

Xenosion said,

No. It was never confirmed.

Confirmed? haha.... yeah right. Apple scoured the world to scrounge up a promise of 10 million CDMA radios delivered over the next year. The only place a CDMA2000 radio iPhone has been even tested is on China Telecom. But China Unicom has an Exclusive till first of the year for iPhone in China. So even that's not confirmed until they actually go on sale there.

btw.... China Telecom has first take on those 10million CDMA iPhones. They now are on par with Verizon and are expected to top 100,000,000 users by end of next year, beating out Verizon for most CDMA users while Verizon wants to retire CDMA for LTE phones! My bet is on China getting any CDMA phones coming out of Apple. This is just Xbox360 was hyped to get MGS4! ....but what happened there? Never got there! ....and it won't happen here either!!!!