Verizon May Get iPhone in 2010
Deal could come through when AT&T's exclusive rights expire next year
By Clay Dillow,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2009 12:47 PM CDT
Text from an Amazon.com e-book is shown on an iPhone equipped with Amazon's Kindle for iPhone book reader Wednesday, March 4, 2009 in New York.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Apple is in talks about developing an iPhone for Verizon’s wireless network—with possible deployment next year, USA Today reports. Currently, the iPhone is only available on AT&T’s GSM network, which is incompatible with Verizon’s CDMA operation. AT&T has exclusive US rights to the iPhone into 2010, and analysts expect AT&T to try to retain them for at least another year.

“Breaking the (iPhone) exclusivity with AT&T is a huge thing," one analyst said. AT&T signed up 1.6 million iPhone customers in the most recent quarter, 40% of them new to AT&T, and its mobile data revenue was up nearly 40%. But the opportunity for Apple to tap into Verizon’s 80 million users is huge; very few are thought to also own an iPhone.