The big rumor going around today (and MAN – isn’t AMAZING how these “insiders” always seem to come out of the wood work when news and releases are slow? You’d think they PLAN it like this or something) is that Apple is going to release a CDMA iPhone with Verizon in 2009.
I’m sure Verizon would love that since they made the incredibly bad decision to pass on the iPhone the first time, but I don’t really see it happening. It could, and it would be good for Apple, but something about this one just screams “random guy on the Internet sent an email” to me.
Would Apple want to release a CDMA version of the iPhone? The current GSM phone works world wide – a CDMA iPhone wouldn’t. Would it be worth Apple’s time to maintain an entirely separate hardware base for Verizon’s customers?
With almost 50% of current iPhone customers being switchers from other carriers it would seem that many people are fine with switching to get the iPhone. Now I understand there are parts of the country where AT&T doesn’t have great coverage and Verizon does. I understand there are a plethora of Verizon fanboys out there as well – and I know that they don’t want to hear that their might not be enough of them to make it worth Apple’s cost and time to create a completely separate phone for them – but that might be the case. I say might, because we’d really have to sit down with the coverage maps and find how many areas AT&T can’t service that Verizon does – and then try to estimate how many of the people in those areas would be willing to buy an iPhone.
I think there is at least a slight chance that number isn’t going to be worth Apple’s time. Now, sure, there are plenty of people in areas that both companies cover just fine that would rather have the iPhone on Verizon than AT&T – but the “switching” numbers don’t lie – any many of those people are making the jump.
It seems more likely that Apple would make the jump to T-Mobile before going with Verizon at this point in the game. If they did that, they wouldn’t have to build a completely new phone, they could just expand to another carrier.
I’m sure there are many people who disagree, though. So feel free to go nuts in the comments below – but just try to remember…I don’t hate Verizon. If Apple DOES decide to do this – I think that’ll be great. The more iPhone users the merrier…I just don’t think its going to happen.