Measuring the validity of Verizon iPhone rumors is much like playing the game Clue.” Youre never quite certain, but youre close enough to make a pretty educated guess.
There are two more pieces of evidence today that show a Verizon iPhone is on the horizon, likely in January when Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg delivers a keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
In a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, AT&T seems to be opening the door for losing exclusivity. The filing reads, Although exclusivity arrangements are important to us, such arrangements may not provide a competitive advantage over time, as the industry continues to introduce new devices and services. Also, while the expiration of any of our current exclusivity arrangements could increase churn and reduce postpaid customer additions, we do not expect any such terminations to have a material negative impact on our Wireless segment income, consolidated operating margin or our cash from operations.”
Likely read: AT&Ts about to lose its exclusive cash cow since Android devices are becoming more popular and Apple needs another carrier if it wants to maintain the iPhones status in the market.
Meantime, TechCrunch is reporting that Apple has ordered millions of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets CDMA is the wireless technology used by Verizon Wireless, as opposed to GSM, which AT&T uses. Supposedly, TechCrunch says the production of the chips would fall in line with the rumored January launch of a Verizon iPhone.