Rumors continue to circulate that Apple will be releasing a Verizon-compatible iPhone in “early 2011”, but even that hasn’t been confirmed as of yet. Never let unconfirmed rumors stop even more unsubstantiated rumors from popping up, however. Could it be that not only has Verizon opted to finally carry the iPhone, but has acquiesced to Apple’s pricing to such an extent that it is is going to pay a bonus to make sure Sprint and T-Mobile don’t get the phone any time soon?
AppleInsider is reporting that sources close to the Apple/Verizon iPhone deal have heard that “Big Red” wants the iPhone so badly now that it will pay a premium to make sure the highly desired handset remains exclusive to itself and AT&T.
Verizon famously passed on the iPhone prior to its launch because it didn’t want to pay the prices Apple was asking for it. We all know how that story went as AT&T now controls the most popular handset in the United States. Now that it seems a new iPhone is coming that will work on its network, the largest carrier in the United States wants to get greedy with it.
With the introduction of an iPhone with a CDMA chip powering it, the phone would indeed also work with Spring and T-Mobile, the third and fourth biggest carriers in the country respectively. If this proves to be true, we could see the gap widen even further between the top two and their competitors. Numerous surveys have shown that people want the iPhone so long as it is not on AT&T’s network, so one has to wonder how many people would leave Sprint and T-Mobile for Verizon simply because it isn’t Big Blue.
I have said numerous times it just makes more sense for Apple to put the iPhone in front of as many people as possible, and locking itself into yet another exclusive deal may not be the wisest idea, but if Verizon is offering them enough money, why not do it?
Of course all of this hinges on the Verizon iPhone deal even being a reality, but at this point I don’t think it is an “if” scenario any longer, but more a matter of “when”.
What say you? Would a shared exclusive between AT&T and Verizon be a bad or a good thing?