Originally Posted by Abster2core
It should be remembered that Verizon was the first to be offered the iPhone. And we all know, they turned it down, primarily because they wouldn't agree to Jobs' demand to lower priced data plans. Now they have another opportunity and it looks like they are letting that slip through their finger tips as well.
I wonder about this. The notion that Verizon had first dibs on iPhone but turned it down has been written about a great deal in articles, blogs, and internet forums, so much so that it is accepted as fact.
Did it really happen that way? I'm not sure that I've ever seen any evidence that it did, just speculation stated so frequently that it's assumed to be true. It's never been denied by either Apple or Verizon, either, but I don't know how much you can draw from that.
It could very well be that Apple did in fact present iPhone first to Verizon, but primarily as a bargaining tool with AT&T. Does anybody here really believe that Apple and Verizon could have reached an agreement in 2006-07 for iPhone on VZW? Not me. At that time, Verizon demanded complete control over their network. Apple, as we all know, still demands a great deal of control over iPhone. I'm not convinced that even today they can work together, let alone back then.
I think this issue is more a factor than even the technical issue of CDMA vs GSM. There is no doubt that Apple could design and build a CDMA iPhone if they wanted to. I'd be very surprised if they didn't have CDMA prototypes in their labs as we speak. I'm just not convinced that they can come to agreeable terms with Verizon.