Analyst: Verizon iPhone ‘closer to reality’; Verizon may pay to keep iPhone off Sprint, T-Mobile

Complete your iPad experience with ZAGGmate!Shaw Wu, chief Apple watcher at Kaufman Bros., punched up a fresh note on the potential for an iPhone at Verizon, calling the Verizon iPhone ‘closer to reality,'” Matt Phillips blogs for The Wall Street Journal.

Here are a couple of his more interesting thoughts:

• Apple is back in the driver’s seat with a record 14.1 million iPhone shipments in the September quarter helping AT&T gain share against [Verizon] over the last two quarters as Android starts to lose some of its luster (at least at VZ).

• VZ does not want iPhone, the hottest selling smart phone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T.

Read more in the full article here.

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

37 Comments

  1. 2/3 or more of the Verizon smart phone contracts are not being renewed until the Verizon iPhone arrives. Android and RIMM no longer have a iPhone like market to pedal their crap in. 1 or 2 months, they will hold off for the real thing now!

  2. If Verizon pays to keep the iPhone off the other carriers, they have no chance of getting my business. Quite simply that’s just dirty.

    I used to be one of the many people beating the iPhone-on-Verizon drum, but the way Verizon goes about its business, and treats its customers, I can honestly say I’d rather go back to AT&T.

    And if you knew how much I hate AT&T, you’d know what a bold statement that is.

  3. In the long run, I don’t think that Apple benefits from exclusives. If given a choice, more people would choose an iPhone. Exclusives reduce choice. It is a better deal for the carriers than for Apple.

  4. Verizon’s business practice is very old school. Scammy, underhanded and just plain ENRON like. Bilk the customer every chance you get. Contrary to popular belief Verizons service is not what THEY claim it to be. The new 4G LTE rumblings…. GMAFB. AT&T has VERY good customer service. They have learned how to take care of their customers. I ponder they have taken notes from a certain tech company that has something to do with apples. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. I view all the cell carriers to be just a few notches above used car salesmen (OK, 1 notch). I’ve used 3 of them and still use 2.

    My hope is that at least 3 majors survive so that contracts and terms get more real because of competition and hence I want to see everyone offer the iPhone.

    If T-Mobile & Sprint don’t get iPhone, I really don’t care, as I’ld like to see ATT & Verizon knock each other around for a couple years.

    We might then actually see competition with each other on the same level field and we customers might actually get some real competitive benefits.

  6. No more exclusives Apple! My family would have had four iPhones per year for the last four years if T-Mobile would have been allowed to sell iPhones. This is not a one size fits all world and exclusive agrees should be illegal.

  7. Hey! Getting PAID to keep your phone off Sprint?!

    DEAL!

    I wouldn’t want to license my latest turd to Sprint! IMHO they’re the worst mobile service in the USA.
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  8. Boy Verizon is now Apple’s beyotch. Remember the day when they turned down the iPhone before it was launched? Now they’re gonna pay Apple for the right to NOT sell it with anyone else but AT&T?

    The shoe is fitting nicely on the other foot……

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