If you own an iPhone, and have since the beginning, then you know exactly how frustrating it can be to be an AT&T customer. Dropped calls, terrible service, overall just a terrible experience. Fans of Apple and the iPhone have been protesting for a Verizon phone for years now, and it looks like they’ll get what they were looking for by the end of 2010 with a brand new phone made for the Verizon network. From the Wall Street Journal.
The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. The phone, for which Qualcomm Inc. is providing a key chip, is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year, according to the same people.
An Apple CDMA iPhone would spell the end of the exclusive U.S. arrangement with Apple that AT&T has had since 2007, when the original iPhone debuted.
So Christmas may just come early for iPhone users, or even those who have been holding out because they hate AT&T’s service. What could this mean for Droid users? And will this be the proverbial nail in the coffin for AT&T’s wireless division? Only time will tell, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on this new phone as it surfaces.
UPDATE – In the interest of clarity we changed the headline to this post as the iPhone for Verizon is not “technically” official . . . yet. However, this is a strong indicator we will most likely see one. Can’t wait. — Ed.