Will Verizon wreck Apple’s iPhone with V Cast and other non-removable crapware?

“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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  1. So apple agrees that if you’re stupid enough to hold out on iPhone just because you hate ATT, then suit yourself and get a Verizon iPhone even though you might have to eat some of the typical carrier shit that Apple has managed to save you from to date?

    Kind of like how we rolled back 40 years of progress just so we could pound our chests in moronic idealism.

  2. So apple agrees that if you’re stupid enough to hold out on iPhone just because you hate ATT, then suit yourself and get a Verizon iPhone even though you might have to eat some of the typical carrier shit that Apple has managed to save you from to date?

    Kind of like how we rolled back 40 years of progress just so we could pound our chests in moronic idealism.

  3. If anyone can stand up to Verizon, it’s Apple. I sincerely hope Apple stood up for itself here. It backed down on the subsidy model after the first iPhone, which now has us all stuck with an extra $15 a month to hide the subsidy. Carriers should not have control over what goes on a phone.

  4. If anyone can stand up to Verizon, it’s Apple. I sincerely hope Apple stood up for itself here. It backed down on the subsidy model after the first iPhone, which now has us all stuck with an extra $15 a month to hide the subsidy. Carriers should not have control over what goes on a phone.

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