The iPhone then, and the iPhone 3G now, were both announced and released exclusively under AT&T’s network. A lot of people were not happy about it then, and a lot of people aren’t happy about it now, since most of them are having problems with AT&T’s 3G network.
Wouldn’t it be nice if Apple just opened up the iPhone to other US carriers, like say, Verizon and its EVDO network? It sure would, wouldn’t it?
Fortunately, rumors brought up by 9to5mac seem to say so. And it says that an EVDO version of the iPhone for Verizon may well arrive in time for Macworld 2009.
The foundation of this rumor starts with the various job postings on Apple’s web site for EVDO and CDMA engineers. Then, Apple’s slowly-but-surely way of opening up the iPhone by making it available fully unlocked in China also offers clues. Lastly, Verizon was Apple’s original choice to be the exclusive carrier for the iPhone. AT&T got sloppy second. So it only makes sense that Apple and Verizon resume their talks since Apple will need broader reach to gain more market share anyway.
Of course, there’s still the issue of AT&T’s iPhone exclusivity until 2010. Or is it non-exclusivity? In any case, it would most definitely be good for the consumer if the iPhone does go to Verizon Wireless by 2009.
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