“That decision’s really Apple’s,” Seidenberg said, in comments quoted by Bloomberg. “We stand ready to do it, but that’s an Apple decision.”
If that happens, Barclay analyst James Ratcliffe expects Apple to introduce a Verizon iPhone early in the year. And why wouldn't they, he asks. Verizon could sell 9 million iPhones in the first year, 900,000 of which would go to new Verizon customers, he says. Win-win.
But more stands between Verizon and Apple than just AT&T. First, Apple would need to engineer an iPhone ready for Verizon's network. The carrier is one of the few in the world that uses CDMA technology, where as the iPhone only understands GSM. (Not sure about the difference? Check out our cellphone primer.)