“Major sticking points in negotiations between Verizon and Apple have reportedly been the wireless carrier’s interest in allowing retail partners to sell the iPhone, and Verizon’s promotion of its V Cast digital video-on-demand store. Overnight, The Wall Street Journal filled in some of the holes in its story filed Wednesday afternoon, adding new details of a purported Verizon-compatible CDMA iPhone,” Sam Oliver reports for AppleInsider.
“The report also [alleged] that Apple and Verizon butted heads over a number of issues, including the wireless carrier’s V Cast digital video store,” Oliver reports. “‘Verizon, in those earlier discussions, balked at Apple’s requirement that Verizon not allow its retail partners to sell the phone, people familiar with the discussion said at the time,’ the report said. ‘Verizon also declined to give up its ability to sell content like music and videos through its proprietary service, these people said.”
Oliver reports, “The expanded report from Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ting-I Tsai also added that Apple will not create a dual-mode GSM and CDMA phone for Verizon’s network. Instead, the new Verizon-compatible phone will operate only on CDMA networks, based on a chip provided by Qualcomm.”
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