Verizon iPhone: AT&T Exclusivity Drop is Good?

By Alan Ng - Jul 13, 2010

It is looking increasingly likely that a Verizon iPhone will make its appearance on the market sooner rather than later. While some of you may be thinking that this would be a major exclusivity blow to AT&T, we have a few reasons to suggest otherwise.

We have an interesting article for you to read now, and it comes from TheAtlantic.com. Within their article, they give us a few reasons why AT&T might actually benefit from losing it’s exclusivity deal with the iPhone 4.

One of the first reasons listed is all to do with contracts. They state that even if an Verizon iPhone was announced, many AT&T customers wouldn’t immediately switch contracts due to the high costs of termination.

They then talk about the rather important data issues which caused outrage recently. The article points out that iPhone owners on AT&T are data ‘hogs’ and that the carrier would only break even on figures, even if network upgrades were announced.

They add that if a Verizon iPhone was due to be released, they would also have to announce user-based data fees, which would in-turn, help AT&T’s competitiveness.

Read the full article in the link above and give us your thoughts on this.

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  • I think that Verizon is now confident enough in the Android platform I think they may pass on the iphone despite recent reports. If they were going to make a play for the iphone then why are they still constantly attacking it? Verizon has found it's platform with Android..

  • Llamacide

    Oh boy, I certainly hope Verizon gets the iPhone. I’ve been waiting for 4 years for this!!!

    Fingers crossed!

    • kat

      During a conversation with a Verizon Phone Rep last week we inquired (as always) When?? Unlike previous responses, she quickly replied that reps had been informed the release date will be in early in January.

      • Themba

        As much as I'd like to believe the Verizon rep who told you this, I find it hard to believe that Verizon would entrust info for that major of a coup to product reps. It wouldn't remain a secret for long…. On the other hand, you might imagine Apple has allowed Verizon to "leak" product info like this in order to keep potential customers hanging on for a few months longer, in hopes that they'll not sign with AT&T before then. I know that I am holding off because of the January 2011 rumors.