Analyst sees 9 million Apple iPhones on Verizon in 2011

Invisible Shield for Apple iPhone 4!“Amid long-running and persistent rumors of a Verizon iPhone, one analyst has bravely stepped forward to put a date on the device’s market debut,” John Paczkowski reports for AllThingsD. “Barclays Capital analyst James Ratcliffe says we’ll see it in early 2011 and he’s sure enough in his prediction that he’s building it into his forecasts for AT&T and Verizon.”

“Says Ratcliffe, ‘Channel checks by our communications equipment and semiconductor research partners give us greater confidence that Verizon will get an iPhone in early 2011, and we are now incorporating that belief into our models for AT&T and Verizon,'” Paczkowski reports.

“Interestingly, Ratcliffe doesn’t see the end of AT&T’s iPhone-exclusivity deal with Apple heralding a subscriber exodus at the carrier,” Paczkowski reports. “While he acknowledges perception issues with AT&T’s network quality will inevitably drive some customers to flee to Verizon, he believes that many will stay put. All told, he expects approximately 500,000 to 1 million ‘switchers’ — a relatively small portion of the 9 million iPhones he says Verizon will activate in 2011.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Think twice before signing a long-term contract on that fake iPhone now, ya hear?

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JES42” for the heads up.]

36 Comments

  1. when will the rumors stop?!?!?!?!

    this is getting annoying. It’s like verizon is planting these rumors to hesitate detractors or hijack apple’s iPhone launch. Not going to happen till 2012 if the five year contract is true. Don’t forget AT&T;has lawyers that are good too and at this point, by the time lawyers are done fighting to get out or hold on, the contract will be up.

  2. I, too, was happy to leave Verizon after 15 years of hell to move to superior service on AT&T;. I wonder if the Verizon phone will come with its own special services and lousy customer support? They don’ t meet the Apple standards I’ve come to assume since my own first Mac in 1984.

  3. My previous experience with Verizon was so bad that they offered to let me out of my contract with no termination fee. (And I live about 1/2 mile from the nearest Verizon tower.)

    My 2nd biggest complaint with them was that nearly every month I had to call them to get some bogus charge removed from my bill. In my opinion Verizon is run by a bunch of thieves.

  4. What’s wrong with Sprint? They didn’t make fun of the iPhone in their ads; they even used an iPhone as an example in their WiFi base station commercial. Apple should work with them. Plus, they have good pricing, compared to AT&T;.

  5. I just can’t believe that an analyst a Barclay’s is saying this. This is just conjecture on top of rumors.

    I know everyone can have an opinion, but when you are a stock analyst, what you say can influence the market. Spreading these rumors I feel is borderline illegal when you are in a position to influence the market.

    Shame on Barclays.

  6. Yes, I too had horror stories with Verizon. I had to pay to get out of my contract, and worth every penny! I got so tired of being nickle and dimed on everything. Functionality on the phone was completely disabled. And customer support was crap. I am not going back. Ever.

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