In my 8 previous postings to this blog, I’ve thus far resisted the temptation to mention the word “iPhone.” That’s remarkable because my private commentary on the iPhone announcement (via e-mail to friends) was the impetus that convinced me I had something to say in a blog. This week I’m at a conference, so my take on the iPhone will have to wait another week or two.
Because I’m staying in a hotel, I happened to see USA Today this morning, and, in particular, the article “Verizon rejected Apple iPhone deal.” It’s obviously a Verizon leak, spun to explain to shareholders why AT&T (née Cingular) has an exclusive on the hottest vaporware of the year. Given that Cingular claimed a few weeks ago that they “made Apple bend” — a claim rejected as implausible by professional Apple-watchers — I don’t know who to believe.
Today’s report claims that Apple wanted Verizon to
- exclude mass market retailers
- let it control hardware support and returns
- share an ongoing revenue stream from the phone