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Fortune confirms Verizon iPhone, notes it may be CDMA only

Fortune has provided additional confirmation of a Verizon iPhone launching in early 2011. In an article profiling Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Fortune confirms “that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011” and adds that its sources indicate that the first version of the Verizon iPhone will likely be built to run only on CDMA networks rather than being a world phone that can roam internationally. Fortune’s profile of Seidenberg also provides some additional insights into the history of the relationship between Apple and Verizon during Apple’s initial efforts to bring the iPhone to market. Fortune’s confirmation follows similar reports earlier this month from other major publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. [via Mac Rumors]

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Not surprising ... going CDMA-only will be quicker to market, Verizon’s 4G rollout will take some time, and >95% of Verizon customers don’t need a GSM-capable phone. Perhaps iPhone 5 will be more versatile, but there’s no need for versatility in the short term.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul in Toronto on October 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM (CDT)


I will be in line the first day. I need to start saving. I hope that the phone will not cost me an arm and a leg.

Posted by Nathan Hadden in Toronto on October 29, 2010 at 3:03 PM (CDT)


I’m not surprised by the CDMA-only flavored phone. I assume that the CDMA version will pretty much be like the current iPhone 4.

Assuming all of this is true and Verizon does get the iPhone sometime in early 2011, will they get iPhone 5 the same time AT&T does next summer? Also, what will Verizon’s data plan look like? Will it be tiered like AT&T’s?

Still a lot of questions that need to be answered ...

Posted by cxc273 in Toronto on October 29, 2010 at 3:09 PM (CDT)

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