Added by James Morley on October 7, 2010
Apple wants to finish an iPhone that will run on the Verizon Wireless network by next year, fact which will end AT&T’s exclusivity in the US and build up the resistance towards Google chipped phones.
The new iPhone, which will be designed to work on Verizon’s CDMA network, will be ready for production by the end of the year and will be released in the first quarter of 2011.
Verizon Wireless met with Apple and started to test, improve and increase the capacity of its networks to handle the data-hog iPhones, in a bid to avoid the debacle caused by AT&T and the problems the iPhone data transfers created on its networks.
Verizon Wireless, one of the biggest US carriers, in terms of subscribers, is a keen promoter of Google Android phones. The current standing of the two networks in the eyes of the US PDA-using public is currently in favor of Verizon, which offers unlimited data plans.
AT&T also announced lower prices this summer, but there has been no word of lifting the limit on monthly bandwidth usage.
As for Apple, the planned expansion would help the iPhone loosen the grip that its competitor, the Android-based PDA, has on the market, roughly 10.9 million users in August.