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For those that have the hopes of getting an iPhone on Verizon, you may want to think again. Tim Cook and Peter Oppenheimer have made it clear in the company's Q2 financial results conference call that Apple will most likely not be switching from AT&T for the iPhone.
Apple has stated that they are very happy with AT&T due to the promotion AT&T has done for the iPhone (especially compared to all other AT&T phones). AT&T was supposed to only have exclusivity for the iPhone until 2010, but Apple has said that they do not have any current plans of changing carriers at this time.
Plus, if Apple were to go to Verizon as its iPhone carrier, they would have to manufacture a CDMA (Verizon/Sprint) version of the iPhone since the current ones use GSM (AT&T/T-Mobile) technology. GSM is a global standard and remains a better choice for the iPhone, since Apple claimed that they want the iPhone to be a global hardware device. Although there may be a sliver of hope for Verizon people if the wireless carrier upgrades its own network. No confirmation on this though, it's just speculation.
Coming from the conference, it has been revealed that the total number of iPhone and iPod touch units has reached 30 million as of December 2008. Apple also has no plans of releasing lower priced models (iPhone nano?) and stressed the importance of the iTunes App Store and the entire software focused approach of the iPhone OS.