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Survey shows strong demand for iPhone on Verizon

According to data from the latest ChangeWave wireless survey, there is strong demand for an iPhone running on Verizon Wireless’ network amongst current Verizon customers. Among Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, and T-Mobile customers, a total of 49% said they were either somewhat or very likely to buy an iPhone for themselves or someone they know if it became available on their current carrier. Of that 49%, 16% said they were “very likely” to purchase, while an additional 33% said they were “somewhat likely.” When broken down to only Verizon subscribers, the overall total of customers likely to buy an iPhone on the carrier rises to 53%, with 19% saying they would be “very likely” to buy a Verizon iPhone, joined by 34% that would be “somewhat likely” to make the purchase. By comparison, the total percentages were lower on Sprint/Nextel (44%) and T-Mobile (39%). The survey also looked at overall carrier satisfaction, with AT&T tied for the lowest percentage of respondents who said they were “very satisfied” with their service; AT&T customers also reported the largest percentage of dropped calls. ChangeWave’s survey was conducted in March among 4,040 consumers. [via MDN]

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1

I am shocked, shocked I tell you!

On a more serious note, the addition of an iPhone on another major U.S. carriers would a cause seismic shift in the American wireless landscape.

Posted by cxc273 on May 6, 2010 at 11:08 AM (CDT)

2

The identical iPhone 3GS works in the US, Europe, Asia… essentially the entire world, owing to its multi-band 3G and GSM hardware. The CDMA system (used by Verizon) is available only in N. America and S. Korea, so a CDMA version of the iPhone would only work there (and nowhere else.)

There is a business case to consider here from Apple’s point of view: the profitability in starting up and running a new CDMA-iPhone production line to sell this notional product to such a small percentage of the entire world.

Posted by Herr Doktor on May 6, 2010 at 12:47 PM (CDT)

3

I agree. Apple is among the leading smartphone companies in the U.S. market. And they are ONLY selling their phone on one carrier network here. Blackberry, Nokia, (insert favorite Android phone here) sell there devices across ALL the networks. If Apple gets on just Verizon (along with AT&T), their numbers will be dramatically increased. I really hope it happens. I want to hear the “Andrones” robotic jaws screech to a halt about rapid market share gains against Apple.

Posted by Mitch on May 6, 2010 at 12:57 PM (CDT)

4

Well, the US is one of the ONLY if not THE only major markets worldwide where Apple has an exclusivity agreement with 1 carrier.  Everywhere else that they have a multicarrier agreement, their sales numbers are much higher, so, just a matter of time before Apple will want to add that major cash flow to their bottom line.

Posted by PeterPhan on May 6, 2010 at 1:38 PM (CDT)

5

I bet at least 1/3 of AT&T customers will jump ship if Verizon gets the iPhone. If they get the iPhone and they allow browsing while surfing then even more would. AT&T service sucks a**. Mine just keeps getting worse. i had half decent coverage in my house then it went to half assed, now I’m lucky if I can. Some times it’s fine and I have full bars and without it moving it goes to nothing. It appears to me more so in the evening hours that I loose coverage. my guess is the network is to saturated. Well aside from AT&T being a crappy provider. If they didn’t have the iPhone they would probably have gone out of the mobile phone business. Apples saved there butt’s!

Posted by Johnny L on May 6, 2010 at 1:57 PM (CDT)

6

They can’t keep up with the Ipad sales,how the heck are they going to produce enough iphones for everyone that wants one.

Posted by stenniz on May 6, 2010 at 2:21 PM (CDT)

7

I’m a Verizon customer,dropped AT&T years ago. I’d have an iPhone if it were on Verizon or any other carrier but AT&T,

Posted by Nick Russell on May 6, 2010 at 2:25 PM (CDT)

8

The iPhone uses GSM, UMTS and WiFi.
Verizon uses CDMA with EV-DO.
Sprint uses CDMA with EV-DO and WiMax.
They rest of the entire planet use GSM, UMTS and WiFi, except for a handful of countries, many of which are 3rd World.

There’s a lot of RnD to get an EV-DO iPhone from Apple, for minimal returns. I’m sure they would much rather wait to support LTE. Even if they did want to put in the RnD to develop a CDMA iPhone, Verizon’s network would quickly become as saturated and unusable as AT&T’s currently is. There’s a reason GSM is more popular than CDMA. (yes _Popular_, not just a larger market share)

Face it, the US Mobile Phone networks are rubbish, a result of decades of vendor lock-in and localised monopolies.

Posted by Dan Woods on May 6, 2010 at 4:00 PM (CDT)

9

PS: Wake me up when there’s a T-Mobile version that adds the hardware for accessing their 4G network (in addition to the rest of the world’s 3G).

Posted by Herr Doktor on May 6, 2010 at 4:04 PM (CDT)

10

From a business standpoint, I think Apple has too much to gain if it abandons U.S. exclusivity. Certainly, there are the technological considerations with developing a CDMA version of the iPhone. Obviously Apple was willing to do one when it peddled the original iPhone to Verizon.

There would be a cost involved in creating a whole new line to do a CDMA iPhone, but I think the return on investment would more than justify it, not only in the number of new iPhone purchases, but in the strategic value of not allowing Android the free run of the Verizon network. Blunting Android alone would be worth the effort.

Posted by cxc273 on May 6, 2010 at 4:58 PM (CDT)

11

I currently don’t have a cell phone (and don’t really want one), but an iPhone on Verizon would be the only way I’d ever get one.

Posted by zenprism on May 7, 2010 at 1:31 PM (CDT)

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