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Verizon iPhone Semi-Exclusivity

Rumor Alert: Verizon to Pay For iPhone Semi-Exclusivity

After years of speculation and countless rumors, most everyone agrees that the iPhone will soon be on its way to Verizon. But if one analyst is right, Verizon will be the iPhone's last stop. Apparently, Verizon will pay extra for the iPhone to ensure that AT&T and Verizon are the only networks on which the phone will be available. According to the analyst, AT&T's success with the iPhone is allowing some leverage, as Verizon negotiates a deal with Apple, which makes it more likely for Apple to ask for an additional fee for the partial exclusivity.

Interestingly, the US and China are the only two countries that still have carrier exclusivity for the iPhone. In all other markets, the iPhone is available through all major carriers. There's no word on how much the wireless providers have paid and will pay for such exclusivity, and given Apple's tight-lipped history, it's likely we'll never know those figures. Who can blame Verizon, though? After waiting years to actually sell the device, could you imagine what would happen if Apple chose to open it up to the rest of the US carriers, too?

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andreasharan andreasharan 5 years
I waited for years and just got the Droid Incredible- it's incredible! Don't want the iPhone anymore. Not necessary and my friends who have iPhones have played around with my Droid and they all agree that it's better than their iPhone- especially since they have ATT service to go along with it.
Foxy-Frazee Foxy-Frazee 5 years
I'm right there with you my husband and I have been very patient especially me since my palm centro is only good for texting and becoming my alarm clock. That R2D2 Droid is slowly becoming my favorite.
wytang627 wytang627 5 years
I have been waiting for the iphone for years....maybe a little too long.... I am actually looking into the droid... its lookin real good to me right about now
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