“By now, it’s pretty obvious who needs a Verizon iPhone more, Apple or Verizon. (Hint: It ain’t Apple.) The latest rumors have a Verizon iPhone coming to market in the first quarter of 2011. But when exactly? With the new year rapidly approaching, everyone is playing the guessing game,” Tom Kaneshige writes for CIO. “So here’s my bet: February.”
“Wireless carrier AT&T is bracing for the end of its iPhone exclusivity agreement in its SEC filings,” Kaneshige writes. “In addition, sources told the Wall Street Journal that a Verizon iPhone is on the way. That kind of leak usually doesn’t happen without Apple’s tacit approval… Market researcher Asymco released a damning report earlier this week showing all of Verizon’s major smartphones (RIM, HTC, Motorola, Palm, LG and Samsung) sliding since August. Meanwhile, AT&T enjoyed a spike in iPhone sales in the second quarter of this year, thanks to the release of the iPhone 4. It’s clear that Verizon needs an iPhone as soon as possible.”
“If a Verizon iPhone came out in January—that is, inside of the 30-day return policy—Verizon customers would return their Christmas phones for iPhones, leaving Verizon stuck with crushing inventory,” Kaneshige writes. “Verizon needs an iPhone as soon as possible, and the earliest a Verizon iPhone can hit the market is in February, after the 30-day return policy.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]