A lot of people must be tired by now from all these iPhone is coming to Verizon rumors. After all, Verizon iPhone has been rumored to happen for several years now, and nothing ever came out of it.
Sorry, can’t help you. CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon rumors, will only get more loud and frequent in the next few months.
And that is, because, IMHO, this time they are true.
I remember similar rumor fest raging about Apple’s iPad.The darn device was talked about and predicted for years, but never released. Starting from last summer, and going into the fall, the crescendo of rumors about iPad’s imminent arrival reached unbelievable levels. Every week brought claim from someone, who talked to someone, who knew something about Apple’s tablet device.
Well, I see something similar playing out now about iPhone 4 for Verizon. With the latest Bloomerg report, citing “2 people familiar with the plans” of iPhone 4 January launch on Verizon, adding to the noise.
And the signs that AT&T is loosing it’s iPhone exclusivity this year, are pretty clear by now.
First, there are those extremely generous iPhone 4 upgrade subsidy extensions, where AT&T is allowing free upgrades months before current customer contract runs out. The only reason for AT&T to do that, and lose money in the process, is the need to lock-in current iPhone customers into 2 year contracts, before they decide to go somewhere else.
Then there’s the fact that, by now, almost everyone who wanted to get iPhone on AT&T, already got one. To revive the U.S iPhone growth, Apple now must look to other carriers.
The first sign of that was Apple’s Q2 financial results, that showed a clear slowdown in iPhone U.S. sales growth, Now, after a mega successful iPhone 4 launch, we get analyst estimates, that 77% of iPhone 4s went to upgrades, which confirms that future iPhone growth possibilities on AT&T are extremely limited.
I don’t know when it is happening exactly, for Holiday season, as some say. Or next January, as Bloomberg reports now, but, IMHO, iPhone on Verizon is imminent within next 6-12 months.
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