According to Bloomberg’s source Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile-phone company with over 9 million subscribers, will start selling Apple iPhone starting January 2010. The move ends AT&T exclusive hold on the device in US.
Before the antenna issue reported on the new iPhone 4, many iPhone users in the US have blamed AT&T for the poor 3G and weak voice coverage, they are looking forward to moving to Verizon, looking for “greener pasture”.
“A release at Verizon in the first quarter will help Apple’s sales in the U.S. grow to at least 15 million units next year from 11 million in 2010, Barclays Capital analysts said in a note today. The company’s suppliers have been ramping up production of components for a phone on Verizon’s CDMA network, according to the research report”. (Bloomberg)
The device going to Verizon wireless networks will carry different cellular radio, since its network is using CDMA standard similar to Sprint.
All the spokespersons from all the parties declined to comment on this rumor.