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Report: Verizon to carry iPhone

Posted by Jason Tuohey  January 7, 2011 08:08 PM

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Verizon Wireless customers will finally be able to link their service up to the iPhone, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The company plans to make the announcement Tuesday at an event in New York City, according to the Journal. Verizon would become the second US carrier to provide iPhone service, joining AT&T, which has had an exclusive deal with Apple since the smartphone debuted.

Rumors that Verizon would carry the iPhone have been circulating since before Apple unveiled the device in 2007. Those rumors lingered over the years, but have become louder in recent months, as AT&T is believed to be nearing the end of its exclusive hold on the iPhone.

Although the iPhone has long been the crown jewel of AT&T's smart phone portfolio, the carrier in recent months added more than a dozen phones that run Google Inc.'s Android software. Until now, Verizon made up for not having the iPhone by selling Android phones such as the Motorola Droid.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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