Reports: Verizon Ready To Announce iPhone Support


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Verizon Wireless said it's ready to make it's long-awaited move to support Apple's iPhone on its CDMA network,
The New York Times
and other news outlets reported Friday.

Citing a "person with direct knowledge of the plans," the newspaper said Verizon plans to hold a news conference Tuesday in New York City. The move will end AT&T's exclusive arrangement with Apple as iPhone's sole network provider.

Verizon has said for months that it would like to support iPhone and many thought the company would make an announcement to that effect at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week in Las Vegas. Lowell McAdam, Verizon's president will participate in Tuesday's event, The Times said.

Many iPhone users are expected to change network plans from AT&T to Verizon. AT&T has been criticized by iPhone users for months for slow network service and dropped calls, especially in urban centers such as San Francisco. AT&T has countered by saying it is spending millions of dollars on network upgrades to keep up with demands on its network.

Verizon also supports multiple smartphones based on Google's Android operating system.

The addition of the iPhone to the Verizon Wireless network is expected to slow Android's advance as new users move to the iPhone.

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