Okay, at one point or another during the last 4 years, we have seen this rumor take on more “supposed resurrections” than Elvis himself. So why is this latest rumor more credible than others? First, its from a pretty reliable media source, Bloomberg Television, and of all things, a business news outlet with a huge influence on how the market performs, day in and day out. Second, the information came from Ashok Kumar, a senior technology analyst from Rodman & Renshaw, and not some chat rooms or forums. Third, several business reports, included on from Goldman Sachs, have indicated the same. Still not convinced?
During a brief telephone conversation on TV, the analyst and Bloomberg anchors itemized several factors on Apple‘s move from the sole carrier format, that would be AT&T, to both AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Here is the breakdown:
- The market share of Apple iPhone has hit its peak with AT&T and needs “greener pasture” to graze on
- With the increase in popularity of Android phones, Apple is making a strategic move to slow down its encroachment.
- The analyst, who confirmed with 2 unnamed inside sources, mentioned Apple recently signed up Taiwanese tech outsource firm, ASUSTek‘s Pegatron Division, to produce the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4, a wireless protocol used by Verizon Wireless.
For those disgruntled AT&T customers, who stayed through the thick and thin. This could not have come at a better time. That is if it is true. No set dates yet, but most analysts have mentioned the launch on Verizon Wireless to be as early as January of 2011.