Verizon Wireless will begin selling an Apple iPhone in January 2011, according to Bloomberg Television. Analysts, confirming the deal, expect it to be a win for Verizon and its pending LTE network - though believe the iPhone may bring to Verizon many of the challenges AT&T still struggles with.
Verizon's offering could exponentially broaden the user base for the iPhone in the U.S. CIOs need to brace themselves for a fresh onslaught of requests to connect to corporate email and other business applications. These requests will be coming in from across your enterprise -- from the C-level suite through the rank-and-file.
Updating your smarphone use and security policies now will go a long way toward helping you prepare for the upcoming demand.
Of course, rumors of a Verizon iPhone have been circulating for the past 18 months.
This latest report comes from analysts Brian Marshall, with Gleacher & Co. (formerly Broadpoint AmTech), and Chandan Sarkar, with Auriga Securities, who each addressed the information as a given. While Marshall and others suggested months ago that January 2011 was the likely date that AT&T would lose its exclusivity contract with the iPhone, Verizon and Apple have yet to officially confirm the date - or such a deal.
What would a Verizon iPhone mean for AT&T? To read the original eWeek article, click here: Verizon iPhone Coming in January: Report