As someone who works for VZW, if this is true, I welcome the iPhone for the extra customers it brings. Now, further on , I would like to give my .02 cents worth with some facts and opinions regarding some of the posts I have read on here over the past year or more:
1: I wanted the iPhone badly. It has a nice user interface.... it is polished....a crazy app selection. However, it has been surpassed in features and hardware by other manufactureres. The Moto Bionic for example. I seriously doubt Apple has done anything more with the iPhone than put a CDMA chipset in it to get it to market. I would look for the next version to " Wow! " everyone again.
2: No, you can not hack it to make it work on Sprint. At least not easily. It is a CDMA phone, therefor, the unique identifier number that allows that device to work on a CDMA network is hardcoded into the device. It is what used to be known as an ESN number, but, is now a new MEID number. You can not just call up Sprint and say " Please activate this MEID ".
If it is not in their database, it comes back as "dead/unknown equipment". Maybe if the MEID were hacked and changed to a number off a Sprint device MEID?? Even then, I would suspect certain data features would not work.
3: Apple really needs to come up with iTunes lite for the PC. I dont use a Mac solely because I do alot of PC gaming. Nothing against them, they just do not fill my needs. I have an AMD overclocked quad core with 8 GB of RAM. iTunes bogs me down. I understand I have over 500 GB of music, but, I run striped drives so information retrieval is extremely quick on my PC..... until iTunes is involved. I have used other media centers and am able to retrieve this quickly, so I have isolated it to iTunes.
4: Who is better.... ATT or VZW? Of course I am going to say VZW.....as I said....I work for them. Overall, I honestly believe we have the best coverage. I understand and acknowledge the fact in some places coverage is equal and there are parts that ATT covers better.
Simultaneous voice and Data? I can not answer this as I have talked to CDMA techs that said it is possible and others that have said it is not.
GSM/UMTS data faster than CDMA Rev A? Statistically from what I have seen, yes, however, I live in a major area in the Midwest. I have seen my VZW phone pull the same sites faster than the GSM equivalent.....again, this is just in my market. In the same market.....again, a major market, ATT coverage is not good....and it should be.
Global roaming? CDMA was taken on by the biggest tech based countries in the world ( Asia, Japan, Korea, etc. ) so obviously, there is something to CDMA. I do not wish to disclose what I do as it could easily lead back to me, but, I can say, the amount of customers that travel to GSM areas is a very small percentage. Generally business based. Not saying that makes it unimportant....but, it is not as big a deal as everyone makes it out to be. VZW has seen this as an area of opportunity, therefor, they have introduced dual technology phones to eliminate this being a concern.
5: Was VZW originally offered the iPhone before anyone else ? I do not know the true answer to this. There have been so many rumors on this, almost as many as the Verizon iPhone is coming rumors, that I can not make heads or tails of it.
6: Will we have to pay for VVM? Don't know yet. If this current rumor comes to fruition, we will have to wait and see.
7: Why Apple.....why VZW...and why now? Well, honestly, Apple has lost some sales to the Android OS. You can deny it all you want, however, it is true. While Apple may be leading in the OS market now, they wont be in the future if they stay with just 1 US carrier. Up to a year ago, Apple could call all the shots they wanted and get away with it. VZW on the other hand, has done well and still grew its customer base without the iPhone (Apple has done just fine on its own, too). This is due to aquisitions and crazy BOGO offers on Androids and Blackberries.
The current trend of going to VZW and supposedly giving in to some VZW demands is the Android OS fault. Given enough time, Android OS will win. It is inevitable. It is a free OS, distributed across multple carriers and multiple manufacturers. This means the cost can be subsidized more greatly and BOGO free promos can be tossed out left and right to get new customers on board. You can say the Android is winning solely based on all these crazy BOGO offers and multiple manufacturers and claim because of this, you are not comparing Apples to Apples and defend Apple all you want, but, the fact remains, they are still gaining enormous ground. In this case, the ends is justified through the means.
You can scream fragmented OS all you want regarding Android. As I have 2 friends who build apps for Android, their input is this: The core of the OS is still the same no matter what GUI is placed on the phone. Anytime they have had a customer complain their app did not work on version 2.2 with one model ,but, it works on their friends with 2.2 on a different model, is due to the user having the issues has rooted and modded their phone ( dumping a piece of software that took something else with it ) or has had some sort of homebrew stuff ( non approved app ) going on.
8: Will VZW pay my termination fee with ATT to get me as a customer with their iPhone? I doubt it. This is something all the carriers did up to about 5 years ago. The only time I have known VZW to do this in recent times is to take over a major company contract with many, many lines.
9: How long will it take to jaibreak the VZW iPhone? Probably not long at all. Even though it is a CDMA iPhone, its core OS is still the same. The only thing that would have to be changed is the manner in which the OS talks to the chipset.....not the entire OS itself. I think the issue that will cause the biggest delay is waiting for someone who does program the jailbreaking procedure to get their hands on it. I wouldn't be a bit surpised if the newest jailbreak software were to work immediately assuming the VZW iPhone uses OS 4.2.
10: Can I get it without the data package. Sorry. If VZW is going to subsidize the cost of the phone, I can guarantee you 100% you will need a data package. They are in business to make money.....not lose or break even. Any smartphone orignally launched after mid-November of 2009 has to have a data package. It makes no difference if you bought it at full retail, got it off eBay, traded your dog for it, etc.
11: Will it be LTE? I don't know for sure. We will have to wait and see. I am guessing " No", and thinking the next version will be. I do not look for the next version to be released in the summer. I wouldn't be surprised if SJ would release this in the fall/winter and here is why: It keeps you in the limelight more often. You release a GSM based iPhone in the summer.....then the CDMA/LTE counterpart in the winter. That is 2 release parties with press versus 1. SJ is a marketing genius. He even makes Gene Simmons look like a beginner. Once LTE is standardized a few years down the road, I would look for them to going back to 1 release a year.
As I said, this is a mix of some facts with my own personal opinions. I truly hope we get the iPhone and this is not just another rumor as it would obviously grant my company more customers, but, would also get Apple more customers. - Twiztd