Rumors have been flying for months and now it appears Verizon Wireless will finally offer the iPhone to its customers. According to several credible websites, the process will begin with a Verizon Media Event scheduled for Tuesday, January 11th, in New York City.
The Wall Street Journal confirms the upcoming announcement of Verizon’s iPhone at Tuesday’s event and although it’s not certain when the phones will show up in Verizon stores, it’s sure to “upend the balance of power in the industry.”
There are certainly people out there who have been waiting for quite some time for this specific Verizon announcement and it will be interesting to watch the reaction. The new Verizon iPhones will vary from those currently available through AT&T in that Verizon uses CDMA technology and AT&T uses GSM. Most users won’t notice Apple’s change in wireless technology other than in their wireless coverage and data speeds.
Will large numbers of users flock to Verizon stores to snatch up iPhones when they arrive? If so, will Verizon be prepared to handle the activations for potentially thousands of people in a relatively short period of time? Some experts have speculated that any carrier’s network would be extremely strained if they had the same number of data hungry iPhone users as AT&T. We’ll have to wait and see how things play out for Verizon over the the next 12 months.
Why is Apple expanding its carrier base now, you might ask? The pressure of Google’s Android operating system most certainly plays a part. Android sales really started to take off only after Verizon began selling devices using Google’s OS so Apple is clearly interested in giving Verizon customers an iOS alternative to Android. The final outcome is another wait-and-see answer but Apple will certainly enjoy a bump in iPhone sales generated by its new partnership with Verizon.