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It’s Official: Verizon Has The iPhone

New York – Apple and Verizon gave a belated Christmas gift to
millions today with the news the iPhone will be available on the Verizon
network in February.

The news was announced this morning at a press conference held
here. The iPhone was originally introduced in January 2007 with AT&T as its
exclusive carrier.

As for the immediate impact, Stephen Baker, The NPD Group’s VP of
industry analysis believes Verizon’s initial iPhone sales will come from its
own customer base.

of the projections show that most of the iPhone volume for Verizon in the
short-term will be upgrades from their own customers as people coming off
contract choose the iPhone instead of a Blackberry, Droid or Android device,”
he said.

in turn will give a boost to iPhone sales as new people are brought into the
Apple fold, he added.

did anticipate this move by Apple and in response protected its own customer
base from being pillaged by locking up iPhone users with early upgrades offered
in conjunction with the iPhone 4 launch.

AT&T activated 3.2 million iPhones in during its fiscal third
quarter for a total of 7.2 million for the first three quarters of 2010.

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