They're back: yes, rumors are once again swirling that Apple's iPhone is coming to Verizon Wireless. This time, the rumors are courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple "is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year." The WSJ report cites "people familiar with the matter."
This certainly isn't the first time we've heard reports that Apple and Verizon are about to strike a deal to offer the iPhone; the rumors seem to surface every couple of months, if not more often. But the fact that the latest report comes from a venerable news institution like the WSJ, and not an unknown blog, does give it more credence.
The WSJ report says that one of the reasons behind Apple's decision to offer the iPhone through Verizon is because of increased competition from Android-based phones. Verizon, in particular, has been vocal in its support of the Android platform, and currently offers some of the best-regarded Android phones.
So, will Verizon be adding the iPhone to its smartphone lineup? I've said it before (and I have a feeling I'll be saying it again): we'll just have to wait and see.
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