Bad news for anyone who wants an iPhone and has a network other than AT&T’s. Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer, said Wednesday that Apple has no plans to open the iPhone up to another carrier. It had been widely speculated before Cook’s statement that Apple would consider making the iPhone available to Verizon customers, but problems with their network are apparently the stopping point.
Cook on Wednesday suggested it was unlikely for Apple to work with Verizon anytime soon. He explained Verizon’s network is on the CDMA standard was limited, and AT&T was a better choice because it utilizes the widely used GSM network.
“We chose from the beginning of the iPhone to focus on one phone for the whole world,” Cook said. “CDMA doesn’t really have a life to it after a point in time.”