- Verizon Wireless is Negotiating with Apple and Microsoft for iPhone-Like Devices
- May 21, 2009 | Authors: Jennifer L. Richter; Jennifer A. Cetta; Dean M. Dilley
- Law Firm: Patton Boggs LLP - Washington Office
Verizon Wireless and Apple are said to be in talks and considering a partnership that would bring two iPhone devices to Verizon Wireless. One device, dubbed iPhone Lite, would be a smaller, less expensive iPhone and the second device is rumored to be a Wi-Fi enabled media pad that would allow users to enjoy music, photos and videos. One of the devices could be available before the end of this summer. Since neither device is an iPhone, the possible partnership would not violate Apple’s exclusive distribution arrangement for the iPhone with AT&T, which AT&T is trying to extend until 2011.
Separately, Verizon Wireless is in talks with Microsoft to provide a touchscreen multimedia device based on its Windows Mobile platform, a device that will compete directly with Apple’s iPhone. The new device also will contain Microsoft’s Windows Marketplace for Mobile. The hardware for the device will be produced by a third party.