We have been hearing rumors for quite some time that Apple [AAPL]would be bringing the iPhone to the Verizon Wireless network, and have even heard rumors this week that it may be coming in January, although I think we can take that rumor with a pinch of salt.
According to analyst Yair Reiner from Oppenheimer, a Verizon iPhone could have a serious impact on both Apple and Google, as he estimates that around 12 million Verizon users would switch to an iPhone.
This would have a huge effect on Apple’s revenue and could boost it by as much as $7 billion, but also it could have an impact on Google Android devices which customers have been buying on Verizon rather than switching to AT&T for the iPhone.
This could tie in with the fact that AT&T allowed customers to upgrade to the iPhone 4, thus locking them in to an AT&T contract, and they then wouldn’t easily be able to move to Verizon.
If Apple are smart then they will definitely launch the iPhone on the Verizon network, and they should also launch it on other networks in the US like the have done in the UK.
No doubt we will be hearing more and more Verizon iPhone rumors over the next couple of months, until we get something official from Apple and Verizon. Have a look and our article on Android vs iPhone to see which smartphone and mobile platform is best for you.
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