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Verizon iPhone? Not this year.

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(Read caption) A Verizon Wireless store in Buffalo. For weeks, rumors of a Verizon iPhone have roiled the Web. But this week an analyst told Verizon users to keep waiting. Is the analyst correct? When can we get our paws on a Verizon iPhone?

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Back in March, a very tantalizing rumor began weaving its way across the Web: The Apple iPhone, long tethered exclusively to AT&T, would soon become available on the Verizon network. A Verizon iPhone? Exciting!

Well, hey – not so fast. According to one Wall Street analyst, Apple has now extended its exclusive partnership with AT&T for at least six more months, meaning that Verizon users probably won't get their mitts on an iPhone before 2010 is out.

"AT&T had to do something dramatic to get the iPad," Brian Marshall, an analyst at BroadPoint AmTech, told Computerworld this week.


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