Expected to be officially announced tomorrow, January 11, Verizon Wireless’ iPhone will likely have a huge impact over the US mobile market.
Especially since, according to The Wall Street Journal, Verizon wants to offer unlimited data for its iPhone customers – unlike AT&T, which currently sells the iPhone only with plans that provide limited data usage.
Verizon’s first iPhone will almost certainly not support the carrier’s new 4G / LTE network. Knowing this, AT&T has already attacked the imminent iPhone launch on Verizon. Business Insider quotes AT&T PR head Larry Solomon, who has reportedly declared:
“The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”
While Verizon didn’t respond to this yet, the carrier’s CTO, Anthony J. Melone, told The WSJ:
“We added enormous capacity to the network in one fell swoop. [...] All of this planning can support any successful device.”
Analysts believe Verizon may sell up to 12 million CDMA iPhones this year. In the first 9 months of 2010, AT&T sold 11 million iPhones. Sales for the whole year are probably around 14 million units.
I expect the price of Verizon’s iPhone to start at $200 (on contract, of course). More info should be unveiled tomorrow.
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