The Motorola Droid is currently Verizon's golden-boy smartphone. But for how long? A new article from Businessweek alleges that VZW is well underway with their preparations to carry the iPhone. They interviewed Verizon's Chief Technology Officer Anthony Melone, who stated that his company has already made the upgrades necessary to handle the additional traffic brought by the iPhone. "We have put things in place already. We are prepared to support that traffic." said Melone.There's been talk of a Verizon iPhone for a very long time now. Big Red has an excellent 3G network with extremely reliable coverage. Compare that to AT&Ts spotty coverage and bizarre refusal to invest substantially in improving their own wireless network. One of the only legitimate critiques of the iPhone is that its only carrier is terrible. Switching to Verizon would make the prospect of going Apple much more attractive to many people. Neither Apple or Verizon have ever confirmed that they have any plans for next year. We do know that Apple's exclusivity contract with AT&T ends sometime next year. Unless AT&T can manage to convince Apple to extend the arrangement, the iPhone will soon be a much more open device here in the U.S.
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