The best explanation I’ve seen for why Apple chose AT&T over Verizon. Even if they were allowed to do it, AT&T would get KILLED if they tried to cut out the App Store. The system may have its quirks, but it gets the job done. Ian Paul at PC World describes it almost like the nail in the coffin for a Verizon iPhone deal:
I think it’s a safe bet that Verizon’s app store will make it very difficult for the post-AT&T iPhone to make the jump to “America’s Largest and Most Reliable Network.”
I just have one question: What “post AT&T iPhone”? No other carrier will be able to touch the iPhone for at least another 2 years if not longer, Apple simply won’t allow it.