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Conclusive answer to the question "Is Verizon announcing an iPhone tomorrow?" - Mark's Journal
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Conclusive answer to the question "Is Verizon announcing an iPhone tomorrow?"
No. Verizon offers landline telephone service and fibre-optic-based television and Internet service. They do not offer cellular phones or service.

Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, has an event scheduled for tomorrow at which it's speculated they'll be announcing availability of an iPhone for their cellular network. There are a couple of reasons I don't think this is an absolute given, but I wouldn't be at all surprised. In fact, I think it's a virtual certainty that we'll see a CDMA iPhone sooner or later, so now's as good a time as any. I think Apple wanted to wait to put out an iPhone on VZW's fourth-generation LTE network, rather than on the craptastic, legacy CDMA network, but waiting until there was enough market penetration for LTE before shipping it would mean years. Shipping an LTE-only iPhone for Verizon Wireless now would mean it would only work in a handful of cities, not a reasonable choice for a handheld product that people like to carry from place to place, or, believe it or not, travel with.

Verizon happens to be one of two major shareholders of Verizon Wireless (the other being Vodafone), so they're certainly interested in tomorrow's announcement, but they're not the ones making it. It's true that Verizon Wireless uses inconsistent and confusing branding, sometimes referring to themselves as Verizon, but that's no excuse for the laziness I've seen among tech writers talking about the cellular provider.
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belmikey From: belmikey Date: January 10th, 2011 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
Some days, I miss Ma Bell...
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 10th, 2011 07:56 pm (UTC) (Link)

"You can use any phone you like, as long as it's ours."
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: January 10th, 2011 08:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
"AT&T. We were a monopoly. And we will be again!"

After my latest experience getting new phones for AAVSO HQ, I'm not sure I miss Ma Bell, but I've verified that I still dislike phones. :-\
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: January 10th, 2011 08:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
>It's true that Verizon Wireless uses inconsistent
>and confusing branding, sometimes referring to themselves
>as Verizon, but that's no excuse for the laziness I've seen
>among tech writers talking about the cellular provider.


Well, if Verizon (Wireless) doesn't care, why should anyone else?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 10th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC) (Link)

Because names have power. :-)
kinnerc From: kinnerc Date: January 10th, 2011 08:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
Only if you equate Verizon (Wireless) to a bloated, evil, drago...wait. OK, point taken! :-)
glithander From: glithander Date: January 12th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
While I take your point, virtually all media, and Verizon and Verizon Wireless are all referring to Verizon Wireless when they say 'Verizon'.

It would appear that Verizon is attempting to craft a single brand image, much as AT&T has done.

AT&T, after all, does not provide wireless service or cell phones either - those are provided by AT&T Mobility (formerly Cingular)

I tried to check the AP Stylebook on this (because I was curious) but alas, I don't have a subscription anymore. :) I think that it is safe to refer to 'Verizon Wireless' as just 'Verizon' just as it is ok to refer to 'AT&T Mobility' as just 'AT&T'...

mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 12th, 2011 10:18 pm (UTC) (Link)

I certainly realize it's becoming a losing battle, especially thanks to Verizon Wireless's branding of late. But the big difference is that AT&T really is one company with multiple divisions, while Verizon Wireless is a separate company that isn't wholly owned by Verizon.

AT&T is little else beyond the cellular carrier (though they do have some other services), but Verizon is its own major enterprise with serious public-facing business units, especially the (POTS) landline service and (fibre-based) FiOS TV and Internet service.
glithander From: glithander Date: January 12th, 2011 10:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Having family that works for AT&T, I'd have to disagree. :)

AT&T is still a provider of POTS landline service, as well as residential DSL broadband service.

AT&T's fibre-based UVerse service is a direct competitor to FiOS and traditional cable providers.

AT&T still markets and sells business telephony and internet circuits.

AT&T's in-house wireless division lost money and they had to buyout Cingular Wireless in the late 90's, early 2000's. It was known as AT&T Cingular Wireless for while, but was rebranded AT&T Mobility in the mid-2000's.

So while I'll agree that AT&T does wholly own AT&T Mobility LLC, I'll disagree that AT&T does little else beyond cellular. :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 12th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Believe it or not, I know of their business services and Uverse, and had both in mind while writing "little else beyond..." ;-)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: January 12th, 2011 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, and I already replied snarkily to @APStylebook on the issue.
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