The invitation was largely devoid of details, saying little other than that Verizon President and Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam would host.
A Higher Price?
Analyst Mark Moskowitz with J.P. Morgan believes the Verizon iPhone could carry a slightly higher price tag following its expected announcement on Tuesday. In order to be compatible with Verizon’s network, the redesigned device must include an internal CDMA radio, which he said is a more expensive component than the UMTS technology found in the current AT&T-compatible iPhone. -AppleInsider
“The key differentiator is the cost of CDMA-related components,” Moskowitz wrote in a note to investors on Monday. “While the acquisition price of the iPhone could be slightly more expensive for subscribers on Verizon, we think that there will be offsets, specifically network performance.”
It’s Actually Not Huge News
Remember, while there’s an enormous amount of interest in the Verizon iPhone, this really isn’t much more than a carrier announcement — for last year’s iPhone. If it were more (e.g., a hardware announcement), you can bet the event would be in Cupertino or San Francisco. (source: All Things D)
It has been widely expected that Verizon would start selling the iPhone sometime in early 2011. In addition to the invitation, there have been reports suggesting Apple has been prohibiting some retail employees from taking vacation at certain points over the next month, adding to talk that a major product launch looms.
End Of An Era
A Verizon-powered iPhone would mark the end of AT&T Inc.’s (T) exclusive U.S. deal with Apple. While AT&T has enjoyed the exclusivity since the iPhone launch in 2007, it has also faced constant criticism for an inconsistent network bogged down by heavy data usage. Such a move would give consumers more choice in terms of networks and perhaps pricing.
Will You Switch?
If you’re an iPhone user, will you switch to Verizon? Will AT&T’s service get better with all the people switching? Weigh in by tweeting me @edudemic or by having your voice heard in the comments!