Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

Summary: Verizon Wireless has just announced that by the end of next year, it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company."In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network.

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Verizon Wireless logo_vzw.gif has just announced that by the end of next year, it will provide customers the option to use, on its nationwide wireless network, wireless devices, software and applications not offered by the company.

"In early 2008, the company will publish the technical standards the development community will need to design products to interface with the Verizon Wireless network. Any device that meets the minimum technical standard will be activated on the network," the company said in an announcement this morning.

To make the cut, devices will be tested and approved in a $20 million testing lab now being geared up for what is sure to be a herculean task.

Dave Burstein of DSL Prime is quite upbeat. In a note to we writer and blogger types this a.m., Dave writes in part that:

The best most interesting new gear can come to market almost immediately, rather than the delay today typical because they have to sell the carriers. So the innovative companies will target Verizon with their first models.

Yes, but will you be able to use your iPhone on Verizon. Well, no.

As Dave points out, iPhone is based on GSM whereas Verizon uses CDMA, But if Apple really wanted to, they could, as Dave correctly notes, accomplish iPhone capability by "using off the shelf chips to replace the GSM radio with the CDMA version."

Would AT&T Mobility agree to this? Yea, right. But given the state of the "arms race" so far, I think that in a year from now there will be a history of enough iPhone unlocks impervious to demon code contained in subsequent iPhone firmware upgrades that it will tire both Apple and AT&T out

My prediction is that in light of these events, within a year from now money will be exchanged to end the five-year Apple-AT&T agreement before it meets the end of its natural life in June, 2013.

And then you'll see Verizon and Apple work on a CDMA iPhone. I'm convinced of it.

Topics: Verizon, Hardware, iPhone, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • "it will tire both Apple and AT&T out" - nah

    AT&T may get tired out... but Apple have a long history of persisting beyond the point of economic rationality.
    MarkHarrison
    • Plus Apple will have to make a hardware change...

      to CDMA radio.
      mrOSX
      • And this will be a problem - exactly why..?

        Hello... Apple's FIRST attempt to get a partner for the jesus phone was - anyone? anyone?

        Yes...! VERIZON!

        They NO doubt had the phone already designed before they went into Verizon's offices for the first meeting. They would have needed a prototype. Something to show the bigwigs @ Verizon.
        Wolfie2K3
  • RE: Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

    Verizon is all about the network and not much about the phone. I have a feeling that verizon is "Opening" their network to allow other devices and phone from sprint to come over. I seriously doubt that Apple or At&T will relase the contract and re-create a CDMA phone. Verizon had their chance with apple. They blew it.
    cloudtamer@...
  • RE: Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

    I doubt it. The unlocking types are the loud minority, and therefore isn't a big enough presence to force any such change. 90%+ iPhone owners just want a phone that works well (which the iphone does as-is) and has no inclination or desire to hack or unlock it.
    OconRecon
  • Why? Verizon service is average at best

    I've had most of them. AT&T is a little better than Verizon in terms of call quality, coverage, and reliability.
    itguy08
  • RE: Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

    Challenged by math ??

    "My prediction is that in light of these events, within a year from now money will be exchanged to end the five-year Apple-AT&T agreement before it meets the end of its natural life in June, 2013."

    My figuring is 2007 plus 5 years is 2012.
    Regulator1956
  • The international market must have influenced Apple toward GSM, too

    While the U.S. is unquestionably the largest single market for any business, the rest of the worldwide market as a whole is larger. And regardless of its technical merits, CDMA is being abandoned everywhere it is still used outside of the U.S., in favor of GSM. People like the ability to swap SIM chips, GSM's better security and more widespread roaming availability.

    Here in Brazil, for example, where we have a very serious problem with cell phone cloning by organized crime (it's very easy to clone a CDMA phone, but extremely hard to do that with a GSM phone), the last remaining CDMA operator, Vivo, is gradually switching to GSM and encouraging its customers to change their phones to the latter system. In addition to cloning, roaming for CDMA customers was also a problem in states where Vivo does not operate (few, but including some important ones). Vivo started losing flocks of customers to other operators, so they had to give in and are currently phasing out CDMA.

    Since CDMA is dying, or in most cases outright dead outside of the U.S., Apple would have a hard time selling a CDMA iPhone in countries where GSM is the norm - and such countries are an overwhelming majority today.
    goyta
  • Good luck

    ...getting Apple to make compatibility changes.
    3dguru
  • RE: Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

    Here it is - over TWO years later, and still no Iphone on the Verizon network. Hmmm.....
    Roscojim
  • RE: Verizon iPhone WILL be here within a year or so: here's why

    2010 and still no Verizon iPhone!
    SaintJohnny