iPhone Now Also on Verizon Wireless!
And now it can be told… the iPhone is finally available through a carrier other than AT&T, at least according to an unnamed source, who let The Wall Street Journal in on the scoop last Friday. The big announcement will reportedly be made by Verizon Wireless at an event scheduled for Tuesday in New York City.
What this means is that consumers who purchase an iPhone will no longer be forced to get an AT&T subscription. The exclusivity arrangement did not seem to have gone too well for AT&T, after a number of iPhone users criticized the carrier’s services, and it will be interesting to see how offering the iPhone will pan out for Verizon.
Future iPhone owners will now be able to choose their service provider, and they may have more pricing options that will have an impact on their monthly phone bills.
This might not be good news for Verizon and AT&T’s smaller competitors, like Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile; imagine going against two giant companies, offering the hottest commodity around. It will definitely not be easy.
Verizon will be offering an iPhone 4 that runs on CDMA technology, according to the WSJ feature, although it did not indicate exactly when the Verizon iPhones will be available in stores. We will just have to wait for Verizon to reveal all these details Tuesday.
This announcement ends AT&T’s exclusive hold on the iPhone, something that it has enjoyed since the iPhone was first released in June 2007.