Apple's chances of a Verizon iPhone story updated since FridayCUPERTINO, Calif. ( TheStreet) --As Apple ( AAPL) gets set to take tech's center stage at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco later today, many gadget fans await the company's newest gem -- a redesigned iPhone. (Be sure to tune into TheStreet Monday to follow our live coverage of the Apple event.) And for a few diehards, there continues to be hope that the new iPhone will spread beyond the network-challenged confines of AT&T ( T) to include a Verizon ( VZ) iPhone.
No. 5: CEO Ivan SeidenbergThere's just something about a guy known in some circles fondly as "Ivan the Terrible" that precludes the possibility of big public smooch with Apple's Steve Jobs. For better or worse, Verizon has been a total snob when it comes to tech partnerships. The company was frosty to Cisco ( CSCO) during the Net building boom and it fatally snubbed Palm early this year. Just about the only warmth Verizon has shown another company was the joint phone effort it forged with Google ( GOOG) and the Android franchise. And therein is a big reason Seidenberg and Jobs won't dance together on Monday -- the little Droid war against iPhones.
|Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg|
During the launch of the original iPhone, then-AT&T wireless chief Stan Sigman boasted that the iPhone was "in our bag" for five years. And while that may have been his understanding, Apple's commitment was far more conditional. AT&T had a number of hoops to jump through and ultimately it was Apple's call whether to keep the exclusive iPhone arrangement going. Some analysts familiar with the companies say AT&T's exclusive ended in November; others have said it was this month. Either way, Apple hasn't offered the phone to any other carriers yet. It's widely believed that AT&T bought more time by reworking its data pricing. (See reason No. 4.)
No. 1: Production plans say November. Our favorite supply chain spy Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar has talked with enough of his Apple parts and manufacturing sources to confidently say that production plans for a CDMA iPhone are set for a November launch. Plans can change, of course. And while CDMA is certainly the tech standard favored by Verizon, other telcos like Sprint ( S), Canada's Bell Mobility, and even South Korean carriers use it. Either way, there's no Verizon iPhone today because Apple doesn't have a Verizon iPhone to sell anytime soon. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.