What Will a Verizon iPhone Mean to You?
No matter how you feel about the Apple iPhone, this is certainly an interesting time to be a pundit watching wireless network carriers. The original iPhone had a significant effect on the market, and a significant impact on AT&T. Since the original phone was launched almost four years ago, the most common question we've heard about the phone was whether, and when, it would launch on another carrier's network, especially Verizon Wireless. Now it seems that time has come.
There are many questions that will be answered tomorrow. What sort of networking technology will the new iPhone use? Will there still be a single, global iPhone model, or will there be two models, one for GSM and one for CDMA? Will this simply be an iPhone 4 that works on Verizon Wireless, or will this be a new model altogether? How will Verizon charge for service with an iPhone? How open will Verizon be about unlocking the device? Will it come in white?
There are also many questions that cannot be answered immediately. There is no doubt that Verizon Wireless' current smartphone lineup, especially the proliferation of Droid devices, has been shaped by the lack of an available iPhone. The Droid commercials still stress everything that the iPhone doesn't do, but that the Droid does. How will having an iPhone on its network affect Verizon's priorities for other phone platforms? Besides Droid phones, Verizon has always been a major supporter for BlackBerry phones (including the iPhone-clone BlackBerry Storm). How will this affect Verizon's interest in RIM and BlackBerry? Will we ever see an iPhone officially on sale at Sprint or T-Mobile?
There is so much that remains to be seen. In fact, we have no definite proof that an iPhone will appear tomorrow at Verizon Wireless' event. There is only rumor, speculation by major news sources like the Wall Street Journal, and years of anticipation. Only one thing is for certain. Whatever Verizon launches tomorrow, we'll be there to see it.