Originally Posted by Mr. MacPhisto
Um, Apple went to Verizon first but Verizon didn't want to play their game.
Yes Verizon did not want a phone it could not control.
What you don't know is that Apple is creating that CDMA universal phone for next year and is pretty much begging Verizon to take it.
Are you serious?
The iPhone can only go so far as an AT&T exclusive and AT&T is going to be even further behind the times next year when Verizon begins rolling out 4G.
It will take some years for VZ to get LTE in a viable position for people to actually use. AT&T's HDPA network will keep getting faster, while VZ will have an aging EVDO network and a immature LTE network.
AT&T has delayed their 4G rollout to 2011 or later. Verizon has already tested 4G and plans to roll it out simultaneously in about 30 or more markets next year. All those markets will be available on rollout day and their will be Android phones ready and able to handle 4G.
That is because AT&T has HDPA and has no need to rush LTE like VZ does.
The truth is that Verizon has a much better infrastructure and backbone than AT&T and any other carrier. And that quick 4G rollout is whythey haven't further expanded 3G as AT&T has slowly been doing.
VZ currently has no LTE infrastructure and its roll out will not be quick.
As for iPhone users on AT&T's network, I know several and all complain about how slow the network is and how the iPhones don't work half the time, or so it seems.
Yes that is the reason AT&T adds over a million iPhone users each quarter, because the iPhone is slow and does not work.
If AT&T were so wonderful then why do they even make a CDMA phone? It also doesn't make sense with the 4G rollout unless Apple is intentionally crippling the iPhone to make sure their AT&T version of the phone doesn't get hammered.
The CDMA phone is just a rumor, the rest of what you're saying makes no sense.
Because if Verizon offered a 4G iPhone next year then all the Apple fanboys would ditch AT&T at light speed and head straight to VZW if AT&T was stuck with 2.5G mostly with a bit of 3G thrown in. But Verizon will have a 4G Droid next year with no slider keyboard, just the touchscreen. They will have that and a couple of other 4G phones ready to go as they put LTE on top of their CDMA network.
There will be no 4G phones next year. These things don't happen that quickly.
What's going to happen is either Apple will be forced to dump its demands or they'll have to face having their phone on a terribly backwards network next year compared to Verizon's LTE network that should be in over 50 markets by the end of 2010 when AT&T begins merely field testing 4G.
What you don't understand is that LTE is designed to be an evolution from HDPA. The network that AT&T uses for them it will be a smooth transition. LTE is not designed to be an evolution from CDMA, that is the reason VZ has to begin to work with it because it may not be a smooth transition.
By next year the iPhone will be left in the dust unless Apple undermines AT&T and releases a 4G phone for VZW. That actually could be the reason for the CDMA chip - to support the larger VZW network that has the best overall coverage in the country. But if Verizon gets a 4G iPhone (and they might try for their own exclusivity deal on the 4G version) then I expect the guy who wrote this article to suddenly sing Verizon's praises and talk about how bad AT&T was.
You really don't understand how this all works.