Apple iPhoneOur long, national nightmare of waiting for Apple's (AAPL) wildly popular iPhone to become available on Verizon Wireless may soon be over. Verizon, the country's largest mobile carrier, will begin offering the device "early next year," according to a report in The Wall Street Journal Wednesday.

Update: 5:15 p.m. -- The Journal has walked its story back a bit, now reporting, "Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple."

Update: 8:30 p.m. -- And now back again: "Apple Inc. is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year, according to people familiar with the matter, ending an exclusive deal with AT&T and sharpening the competition with Google Inc.-based phones."

(A spokesperson for Journal owner Dow Jones, which is part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media empire, did not return a request for comment on the shifting stories.)

Apple will begin mass-producing the device, which will be based on the CDMA technology used in Verizon-compatible phones, by the end of 2010, the paper said, citing "people briefed by Apple."

The iPhone's arrival at Verizon Wireless will make the handset available to millions of new customers. It will also end Apple's exclusive deal with AT&T (T), which for the last three years has been the sole iPhone service provider.

Verizon has long been coy about when it would offer the device. In June, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said the iPhone will come to Verizon "eventually". Apparently, "eventually" means next year.

Additionally, the Journal reported that Apple is working on a new, fifth-generation iPhone, which is said to have a different form factor than the current model.

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g974

Switched to Verizon from A T & T last year. They try to add to your bill if you hiccup on the phone! Their web site sucks and forget trying to get anything done on the phone. Local Verizon store has been pretty helpful, though. Will go back to A T & T when my contract is up.

October 10 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mvick0000

Can't wait for my Verizon contract to end. Nothng but trouble. For over a year. Cuts out, cuts off, missed calls etc. Phone replaced twice, batteries twice and still not good service. Dosen't matter where I am. In state, out of state, in buildings or outdoors. Others in my area have no problems. exp: ATT, Sprint. They want over $200 to end contract and get another phone (which might work).

October 10 2010 at 10:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
tastadr

Or you could just got with an EVO and Sprint now, why wait? EVO blows away the apple iphone, and the Sprint 4G service is awesome! Sure Verizon has the best 3G coverage nationwide, as Sprint is still a little weak in some remote areas. If you are a diehard apple head, that can't have anything but an apple product, then I suppose the move to Verizon is a godsend, as AT&T really is a poor service provider. Apple is making this move a little late, and only because the wave of new android phones are gobbling up market share. If you like paying through the nose, while getting shafted up the wazoo, then by all means wait for Apple's i(diot)phone to come to Verizon. Meanwhile the intelligent folks out here, have already signed up for Sprint's affordable unlimited everything plan, and are using a varierty of Android phones that are totally awesome! Apple iphone users used to be cool, now they are just delusional. One more note, I have been a Sprint customer for years, and yes, they had a reputation for bad customer service, but have done their very best to turn that around and now their customer service is really good.

October 07 2010 at 6:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
JIMMY

does anyone care? verizon will want 350 for it, 2yr minium commitment, and a new 99 dollar a month fee, WITHOUT APPS. they'll be extra. sim card? i doubt it. in this economy? it'll sell to unavailable in a week. personal financial priorities? screw the mortgage...

October 07 2010 at 5:53 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
davishdh

To me the Verizon logo has them same symbolism effect as a Swastika

October 07 2010 at 5:43 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
kv37

What a bunch of who-haw. This article acts as if the world's problems are now solved.

October 07 2010 at 4:42 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
mrbig76rn

if verizon will offer phones with simcard. i will transfer to them. if not i'll just stay with my current carrier.

October 07 2010 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sean

Verizon needs to be more competive in their call plan pricing.

October 07 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Davio

PLUS, the last iphone needed a "rubber band"??? Yeah, and Duct Tape fixes everything. AT&T sucks, period. If you get good service, good for you, but it doesn't work everywhere I live and I live in NYC. I've used Verizon for years and that is the only service that works in places like NYC.

October 07 2010 at 12:48 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
joe

Verizon svcks - Apple svcks. perfect combination.

October 07 2010 at 12:45 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply