I am quite surprised by a comment in that ars article, stating that an iPhone on Verizon next work would be great for both actors. Given the recent history of control from Verizon, I don't think it's in Apple best interest to cut a deal with Verizon. Having a CDMA device that works on Verizon network is another story. I like the economic model that Apple used with the first iPhone. Get a full, free from any subsidy iPhone and use it on any network. Today I tried to put my wife's bouygtel sim card in her Orange subsidized iPhone. I suddenly remembered how annoying that story is: I had to give her back my own unsubsidized 3G. ----- Update after the release of the VZW iPhone: I was wrong. Apple succeeded the tour de force of not having any VZW clutter around its phone. Great for both of them, and apparently it worked well, saleswise.