With all of the rumors swirling about the Verizon iPhone, it looks like the grape vine (which is Yankee slang for rumor mill) is now saying that Verizon’s “white knight” will be arriving around March instead of January.
â€œIn our opinion, it is looking less likely that the Verizon iPhone will be a first-quarter launch based on the lack of supply-chain movements, but we still expect it during 2011,â€ says Tavis McCourt, an analyst with Morgan Keegan & Co. in Memphis.
Verizon and Apple declined to comment.
There has been tremendous anticipation and debate about when the iPhone might be available at Verizon, the nationâ€™s largest cell-phone carrier. Gleacher & Co. analyst Brian Marshall says he thinks the iPhone is still on track for a March launch at Verizon. (Chicago Business)
While iPhone’s appearance would help delay the inevitable exodus of many iLovers, it may also seal Apple’s doom as Android is already activating more than 200,000 new units a day (with reports as high as 250,000).
Although not as large as Verizon, Steve Jobs could consider releasing the iPhone upon T-Mobile which is not only GSM friendly (so altering the chips wouldn’t be that hard) but also help accelerate demand for the iDevice.
IronicallyÂ Apple’s belated appearance upon Verizon may also help out Microsoft, whose Windows Phone 7 would have plenty of time to build up market share before the inevitable iWave once again sweeps over America.