While we, here at the blog, don’t typically chime in on the endless next-gen iPhone rumors, I felt compelled to do so on this particular piece of gossip. Talk about an Apple iPhone on the nation’s largest network dates back to, well, the origination of the iPhone.

In fact, legend has it that Apple had originally approached ‘Big Red’, with the iPhone, exclusivity and all, and they turned it down. Now why exactly a cell phone carrier would want to turn down the opportunity to add 4% of their competition’s customers to their network is up for speculation. Reported reasons have ranged from Apple’s phones not having a removable battery to the lengthy warranty process for malfunctioning devices.

Fast forward to 2009. The iPhone had sold in record numbers, but Verizon definitely didn’t go home and eat Ben and Jerry’s and watch chick flicks. With a struggling smart phone line up consisting of aging Blackberrys and Windows mobile devices, they struck up a friendship with search engine and now mobile giant Google. Interesting.

Interesting because today they now carry 5 Android handsets with more promised later this year, as well as confirmed reports that the two are collaborating on a tablet device. Throwing an iPhone and other Apple products (iPad?) into the mix will be like putting a scorpion and brown recluse in a glass jar together and watching them fight. Giving customers freedom of choice between the 2 would produce interesting results.

Another fact to consider is that we have all seen the photos of at least a prototype of the next iPhone and the device appears to have a front facing camera. Before you go and dismiss this as a ‘for self portraits’ kind of camera, better check your tech blogs a little closer, tons of developers and home brewers have already discovered tons of evidence in the code of the new iPhone 4.0 software pointing to video chat.

Nationwide video calling would be pretty sketchy on a 3G network, no matter how fast or reliable. But Verizon is definitely making noise with its LTE network it plans on rolling out in a handful of markets later this year. Still sounds like we are a year or 2 away from it being anywhere close to nationwide, would Apple waste time making a CDMA handset available this summer with LTE on the horizon? I suppose theres a possibility of a dual band 3G/LTE  iPhone.

But none the less all of my  skepticism get sidetracked by all the latest gossip that streams through my RSS Feed reader. CrunchGear is reporting that they have received tips that an advertising agency is working on an advertising campaign for Verizon and new iPhone HD. Not to mention numerous Verizon Wireless employees reporting that they are blocking out vacation dates around Father’s Day weekend but their not saying why.

If you’re asking yourself “Cody, what do I make of all of this information?” You’re asking the wrong person, I’m about as on the fence on this one as they come. Unless you’ve been hiding under rock for the last year, you are aware that AT&T has been reporting customer complaints in all of its larger markets for dropped calls, no service, and slow data speeds.

They have been long since criticized for their older network infrastructure  not being able to handle the millions of new iPhone customers they have added. You should also know that the original 5 year contract AT&T and Apple signed in 2007 has been publicly reported to have been renegotiated to expire this summer, June 2010 to be exact.

Putting their phones in front of  an industry leading 90,000,000 wireless customers would seemingly be a smart business move for Apple. But only time will tell, and the clock couldn’t possibly tick any slowly on our count down to Apple’s June event. In the meantime, post some comments, I will try to put any updates I find on this topic in the comments section!

  • iPhone 3GS

    I was forced to switch from Verizon to AT&T when I decided to buy the original iPhone back in July 2007. Since then, I’ve been dreaming of the day when the iPhone comes to Verizon. The main function of the iPhone is the phone and it sucks as a phone thanks to AT&Ts crappy network. I know Verizon’s network has its drawbacks too. Not being able to talk and use data at the same time would hinder the iPhone’s abilities – BUT THEN AGAIN – what good is a network that has those abilities (AT&T) if you can’t access the network to take advantage of said features.

    I’ve always said I would switch back to Verizon in a heartbeat when the iPhone comes to Verizon… but now I’m not sure. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

  • iknowthings

    Not taking these rumors in to account, the CDMA Iphone will be out late Summer. It will be announced by Steve Jobs next month.

  • Nate

    Well this won’t be happening because AT&T and apple extended the AT&T exclusive contract through the end of the year so that the ipad 3g would have cheaper plans

  • Tom

    The so-called CDMA order was for the China Unicom version of the new iPhone…and it’s TD-CDMA – meaning non US flavored. Get over it. Apple has been the company to kill the floppy, Flash, and even the optical drive in some of its devices due to all of them being “old Technology”. What makes you think they will adopt a dying telecom technology (US CDMA) when everyone is going to LTE.

    And another thing, Apple has never been about market share. They are about profit…plain and simple. They are about a premium product at a premium price. That’s why their laptops/desktops are never discounted and much higher in price than PCs. If they wanted market share, they would lower their laptops, desktops, and iPods to competitor prices and they would instantly have a majority market share position. But then their products would not be distinguished as a premium brand anymore. It’s kind of like designer clothing – for all the non business folks in the house wishing for a Verizon iPhone. You’ll get one…but that will be in 2011-2012 depending on Verizon widespread rollout of LTE.

  • Jen

    well even if Verizon has the iPhone, I think AT&T will always have the better iPhones. The new versions won’t come out as quickly on Verizon, if they ever get it.

    As a former Verizon customer (who switched for the iPhone) I just dont see them being competitive.

  • Dr.Xanax

    Honestly I don’t really so what’s the difference. The only place I’ve heard these so called “anti AT&T” complaints is online. I live in texas and have no problems. My niece lives in Chicago and she nor her family has problems. My parents are in San Francisco and they don’t have problems. My brother is in new York and you guessed it, no problems.

    Honestly they’re all the same in my opinion and if they were truly that bad, they would close down by now.

    -sent HTC Droid Incredible.

  • flaloc

    I’ve never had a problem with my At&t service and I don’t think that Verizon could really compete with their network. Not being able to talk and surf is a very large drawback and I hear complaints about Verizon everyday since I do work in the field. I live in Orlando, FL and my service is great and have seen several Verizon phones that won’t even call out. How’s that for the world’s largest 3G network!

  • It is here and i am loving using it.