According to research, Android devices surpassed the sales of iPhone devices in the second quarter of 2010. As a result Steve Jobs felt the need to come out and criticize the fragmentation problems of Android. That however doesn't seem to have been enough and next Tuesday it seems Apple will open up the iPhone 4 to up to 10million new customers.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs will announce that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon network, finally breaking the AT&T stranglehold. Since the iPhone was launched in June 2007, AT&T has had an exclusive contract with Apple. It is estimated that there are currently 93 million iPhone owners in the US, but analysts believe up to 10 million new customers could be added with the Verizon announcement.
Journalists have been invited to a special event at New York City’s Lincoln Center on January 11, next by Verizon, including journalist who exclusively cover Apple. The Verizon version of the iPhone has been rumoured for quite a while now but it had been rumoured that it could be an improved version of the iPhone 4, or an early version of the iPhone 5. However it is now expected that the only difference to the phone will be that it will work on the CDMA network that Verizon uses.
So it seems that we will ahve to wait until the summer for the next iteration of the successful smartphone, though users in the States will no doubt benefit from some competition in the iPhone market with contracts expected to be reduced in price as a result.