Upcoming iPhone launch impeding Verizon’s phone sales?
Until then, though, it seems that lots of Verizon customers are holding off on new phone purchases and contract upgrades – according to The Street, this is likely because they’re waiting for the iPhone to arrive.
“Upgrades at Verizon have been steadily declining in anticipation of the iPhone,” asserted mobile industry strategist Michael Cote.
According to previous rumors, the first Verizon iPhone is CDMA/EvDo-only, thus it won’t be a global phone, and neither a 4G/LTE one. I don’t think this will significantly affect sales anyway.
Verizon’s iPhone will probably be priced similarly to its other high-end smartphones (Motorola Droid X, Motorola Droid 2, Samsung Fascinate) – so it should cost about $200 on contract.