According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Verizon have worked out a deal that will bring the iPhone to the largest mobile network in the U.S. sometime before the end of 2010.
Citing the omniscient “people familiar with the matter”, WSJ’s Yukari Iwatani Kane And Ting-I Tsai boldly proclaim that “AT&T Inc. is about to lose its lock on the iPhone”, something the tech press has been claiming repeatedly for the last 12-18 months as a Verizon iPhone was said to be “just around the corner”.
This year, the WSJ has been stoking the CDMA iPhone flames every few weeks, with rumors of Pegatron Technology Corp. being trusted with production for the new device, or Qualcomm chips being used to provide the CDMA connectivity.
That doesn’t mean it won’t eventually happen, and Verizon’s Lowell McAdam is quoted as saying “At some point our business interests are going to align (with Apple) …. I fully expect it, but I don’t have anything to say”. However, the Verizon iPhone rumors have always been a bit of predicting the inevitable. It’s a safe bet that Apple will diversify carrier support for the iPhone in the future, but how and when that will happen remains to be seen.
Previous rumors held that Apple would build in support for both CDMA and GSM carrier networks using components from Qualcomm that would allow the phone to be used on either system, but WSJ is sure that Apple will release a CDMA only iPhone before the end of 2010.
According to the WSJ, one issue that held up negotiations was Verizon’s insistence that it be allowed to offer V Cast entertainment services through the iPhone as it does on most other Verizon branded devices.