Apple rumors are always flying, and the iPhone/Verizon ones are among the most popular. While I’m sure Apple would love to tap into the Verizon customer base and sell more iPhones, market share alone has obviously never been Apple’s sole motivation. They currently have a pretty sweet deal with AT&T. Once the iPhone is available for more US carriers, they are not going to be able to command the same subsidies from the carriers.
That said, Ralph de la Vega, AT&T’s CEO, has himself implied that the iPhone won’t always be exclusive with AT&T. I am sure it won’t. But there are a few big stumbling blocks that still have to be overcome to get Apple and Verizon to play nicely together.
This rumor states that they aren’t exactly close to churning out CDMA iPhones:
I think more telling, though, is the series of ads Verizon has put out lately attacking the iPhone.
“There’s a map for that” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YCbYTrYD5y8) and “Misfit Toys” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4JgrBtn8XdU) go after AT&T more than the iPhone itself, but the “iDon’t/Droid Does” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e52TSXwj774) commercial goes directly after the iPhone, which can’t be making Apple happy.
This post points out that the new Droid ads running in Sports Illustrated go after Apple policies, and maybe even Steve Jobs himself:
These ads are entertaining, but it seems like a strange way for Verizon to woo Apple. I wouldn’t hold my breath for a Verizon iPhone by summer, although to be fair, with Apple, you never know.