Perhaps it was the recent revelation that Android has blown past them. Or maybe it was the growing popularity of the Samsung Galaxy S series of phones, which have sold 2 million units in the US in just over 3 months. Perhaps Steve Jobbs flipped a coin and it landed on heads. Whatever the reasons are, Apple is expanding its iPhone line to at least one other carrier, and that carrier is Verizon.
Right now the iPhone covers the US map on the AT&T network and only the AT&T network. It’s been like that since day one. With market share starting to slip, the only logical step was to develop phones for the other carriers and that is exactly what Apple is doing. By adding Verizon to its carriers list, Apple will now be on the two largest networks (by subscribers) in the United States. The rumors have been swirling for a long time now, but an article in the Wall Street Journal has but everything but a confirmation from Jobbs that production will begin before the end of the year, and that CDMA iPhones will hit Verizon stores in the first quarter of 2011.
No word on specs or if there will be any major design changes that would cause incompatibility with pre-existing iPhone accessories and ports. And for Sprint users, buying an unlocked iPhone isn’t going to make it compatible with your network. Rumors have also spread throughout the internet that T-Mobile will be getting the iPhone. That makes sense considering that T-Mobile also uses GSM technology and it would be an easy transition for Apple to make. But those rumors really haven’t gone anywhere since the summer.