It is becoming increasingly clear that a Verizon iPhone could be launching very early into 2011. However, what we had not known until now is the level of desperation that Verizon may have reached following the iPhone success on AT&T. According to Kaufman Bros. analyst Shaw Wu, Verizon may be wooing Apple with a premium in order to let itself along with AT&T carry the iPhone.
While the availability of the iPhone outside AT&T sounds quite inevitable at the moment, we hear that Verizon is looking to share the exclusivity with AT&T and not let more competitors like T-Mobile and Sprint get in. Shaw Wu writes,
“We are hearing that (Verizon) does not want iPhone, the hottest selling smartphone, available on T-Mobile USA and/or Sprint and may be willing to pay for exclusivity to itself and AT&T. For these reasons, (Verizon) could be more willing to give in to Apple’s terms.”
The iPad is already available on the Verizon network and AT&T has been moving its marketing focus away from iPhone to other phones in the category in recent times. These are pretty signs that a Verizon iPhone is coming soon. Now, it is just a question of whether this is going to happen before Christmas or after it. From the looks of it though, the launch is scheduled for 2011.