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Bloomberg: Verizon to get iPhone in January

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.

Full report here.

  • wing2010
    Do we have any news other than the iPhone?
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  • ac21365
    otacon72If it has Verizon's LTE and if I can hold it the way I want to hold it I might take a look at it. We'll see if it actually happens though.
    Agreed. Also, looking at the Android phones that will be out very soon, Apple's going to have to do more than "add an LTE radio" to the iPhone 4 to keep up with the supposed LTE handsets Verizon will be releasing around the same time.

    Apple's been ahead of the competition during each release til this year... With google backing Android, they took a step up from Chaotic Neutral to Neutral Evil... Apple, you've got competition now. Onlytime will tell if they can keep up.
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  • djtronika
    In chicago AT&T isn't bad at all. In fact it's great. But I trust everyone when they say AT&T sucks. Only time will tell.
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  • radguy
    With 12 million Iphone users on Verizon - Both At&t and Verizon will suck.
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  • restatement3dofted
    This started breaking over 24 hours ago, why's it worth tagging now?
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  • borisof007
    I hope the iPhone never comes to Verizon. I like my network non-congested with smug, nose thumbing jerks. Nevermind the data jams, I just hate the users.
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  • maximus20895
    Sounds like your the jerk on the network to me..I don't want you on MY network..go to AT&T..
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  • restatement3dofted
    ac21365Also, looking at the Android phones that will be out very soon, Apple's going to have to do more than "add an LTE radio" to the iPhone 4 to keep up with the supposed LTE handsets Verizon will be releasing around the same time.
    What info have you seen about possible LTE handsets? (I'm not trying to snark, I'm genuinely curious, and haven't seen anything about possible features of such phones).
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  • ac21365
    restatement3doftedWhat info have you seen about possible LTE handsets? (I'm not trying to snark, I'm genuinely curious, and haven't seen anything about possible features of such phones).Verizon themselves stated that their goal was to have "5 LTE handsets on the market by middle of next year".

    My statement about the iPhone keeping up came from the observation of the sheer rate that other phones are progressing in both hardware (moto/htc) and software (froyo, anyone?). It would be fair to wager that the LTE offerings in Q1 2011 will far outstrip the current iPhone's specs, which means if the supposed "Verizon iPhone 4G's" ONLY changes are a CDMA/LTE radio, the phone itself would only satiate the fanboys that wanted it, seeing as the actual hardware would be dated compared to the competition at the time.

    Sure, its speculation, but reasonable speculation the way I see it.
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  • razercultmember1
    Even with a Verizon network, the antennae will fail lol
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