Say it ain’t so – iPhone coming to Verizon

iphone-vzw-rumorI have always had At&t because that’s what my mom had. So, it was only natural that I was thrilled the iPhone was on the At&t network. But the rest of America loathed the exclusivity. Then those crazy techies figured out how to make it work for the T-Mobile network through various hacks and the jailbreaking revolution was born. Now two wireless companies could support the iPhone. All that is about to change as the At&t contract draws to a close and Apple apparently begins talks with Verizon to offer the iPhone as early as next year. Makes me wonder if the new iPhone to come onto the scene this summer is reconfigured to work on Verizon and Sprint since they supposedly work the same system. If my memory serves me correctly there was a reason only T-Mobile folks could use the jailbroken iPhones and no one else could. Oh well. Here is the official story:

Verizon Wireless Inc. and Apple Inc. are reportedly in talks that could result in the carrier offering iPhones as early as next year.

USA Today reported that “high-level” discussions between Verizon (NYSE:VZ) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) began before CEO Steve Jobs went on medical leave. The paper cited sources it said are familiar with the situation but declined to be identified.

Vodaphone, a Verizon-owned company, already offers the iPhone in Europe but AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) offers it exclusively in the United States. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said last week that his company wants to extend its exclusive deal with Apple.

Verizon is scheduled to report its first quarter earnings on Monday.

AT&T reported a first-quarter profit drop of 9.7 percent from a year ago, but its net income of of $3.1 billion, or 53 cents a share, beat analyst expectations. Revenue was $30.6 billion, compared to $30.7 billion in the quarter a year earlier.

Those earnings were powered by a 40 percent increase in wireless data sales and the activation of 1.6 million iPhone 3G devices.

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