Is Verizon getting Apple’s iPhone?

“It cannot have escaped Verizon’s notice that AT&T proclaimed in a widely circulated memo that the recent launch of the iPhone 3GS was the “largest order day in history” and the “best ever sales day in our retail stores.” AT&T sold a million of the new iPhones in 3 days. It took 74 days to sell a million iPhones when they were first launched in 2007,” Ron Galloway blogs for The Huffington Post.

“With AT&T’s exclusivity agreement due to expire in the next year, pressure is mounting amongst Verizon customers and shareholders for Verizon to come to some sort of agreement with Apple to offer the iPhone on their network,” Galloway writes.

“Pressure is also coming from current AT&T iPhone users for Verizon to offer the device, as dissatisfaction with AT&T’s coverage, and especially their DaVinci Code-ish billing practices continues to mount,” Galloway writes. “About 25% of AT&T’s iPhone customers came from Verizon. Verizon is widely regarded as having the nation’s best coverage, and a speedier new LTE data network is coming in the next year. I think Verizon would get most, if not all of their prodigal customers back from AT&T if they offered the iPhone.”

Galloway writes, “In a recent interview on Charlie Rose, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg was evasive about carrying the iPhone, saying it was ‘Apple’s decision,’ which implies Verizon has made up their mind in the affirmative.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We await the bitching and moaning about Verizon’s coverage with bated breath.

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