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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Ok make up your mind already would ya!!

Verizon CEO: iPhone not coming any time soon
Verizon's CEO said the iPhone is not coming to the wireless carrier any time soon, at least until its new 4G, or fourth-generation cellular network is in place.

Speaking to investors Thursday, CEO Ivan Seidenberg said he hopes Apple will offer the phone on the carrier's 4G, or LTE network, which it is just starting to roll out later this year in a few dozen cities, and will not be completely ready until 2012.

"We don't feel like we have an iPhone deficit. We would love to carry it when we get there, but we have to earn it," Seidenberg said.

"I think 4G will accelerate the process, and any other decisions Apple makes would be fine with us. Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program."

Indications from some analysts have been that Apple is readying a CDMA version of the iPhone for use on Verizon in the first quarter of 2011. CDMA is the technology both Verizon and Sprint use on their current networks. AT&T, the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the United States, and T-Mobile use GSM technology.

Both Verizon and AT&T are moving to LTE for the next-generation of cellular technology. LTE is better-equipped to handle cell phone data, including Web video and audio files, than the current third-generation, or 3G, technology. Verizon is likely to have LTE in place before AT&T, which is concurrently improving its 3G network and working on LTE.

AppleInsider reported Wednesday that Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Jeffrey Fidacaro "said in a note to investors ... that checks with overseas suppliers indicated Apple is prepared to build 3 million CDMA iPhones in December, keeping the device on track for an early 2011 launch" with Verizon.

Looks like I am just going to have to get the Droid and be done with it.  I'm tired of waiting and I sure as heck aren't waiting until 2012 Verizon!!  


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