Steep competition from Android is the tipping point that will force Apple to offer the iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network early next year, according to The New York Times. That follows up a similar report from the Wall Street Journal, which announced the news last week, despite a lack of confirmation from either the computer giant or the telco.
Unofficial reports about a Verizon iPhone are nothing new, but this is the first time these two media behemoths have fully jumped on the bandwagon. Bloomberg announced last June that it had a source confirming this was happening.
The New York Times report cites a person who is in direct contact with Apple,” who spoke anonymously as not to alienate his connections with Apple.
The decision would have huge ramifications in the United States, where the iPhone has been married to AT&T since the very first version of the phone was released in 2007. An offering from Verizon would presumably enable Apple to sell a lot more of the devices and fend off increasing competition from Googles Android, which has become the hottest-selling mobile platform in the U.S. in the past six months, according to a Nielsen report. But the decision could also open the doors to more widespread distrubition of the iPhone worldwide, where Android, available from many different mobile operators, is outselling Apples baby.
The iPhone remains the best-selling smartphone in America. Several surveys in the past year show that AT&T customers, frustrated with their wireless service, would make the switch when their contracts are up and buy an iPhone from Verizon.