It's a beat we've heard a thousand times but 'people in the know' and 'sources familiar with the matter' just keep banging their drums. Bloomberg last night reported that Apple's iPhone will hit Verizon at the beginning of next year. Citing 'two people familiar with the plans' Bloomberg says the iPhone will get a January release on Verizon, ending AT&T's exclusivity once and for all.
Neither Apple nor Verizon has commented on the veractiy of the claims made by Bloomberg's anonymous sources but a Verizon iPhone is bound to happen eventually. The report goes on to cite analyst John Hodulik who believes Verizon customers could buy 12 million iPhones a year, at a rate of three million per quarter.
"Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T ends," said Hodulik. "It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced."
A Barclays Capital analyst said a Verizon release would mean growth of Apple’s sales in the U.S. to at least 15 million units next year from 11 million in 2010.