Verizon Wireless passed on iPhone
The check mark-laden “Can you hear me now” service provider actually told Apple to hit the road, so Steve Jobs did and took his freshman foray into cell phones over to Cingular (which is slowly becoming the new AT&T).
That’s not to say that Verizon isn’t interested in the iPhone now. They did confirm that they had rejected the deal with Apple a couple of years back, but their justification was that the “demands made by Apple were not acceptable.” According to reports, Apple was asking for “a percentage of the monthly cellphone fees and a say over how and where iPhones could be sold.” What’s more, the relationship with iPhone owners would have be more directly with Apple than with Verizon.
Apparently Cingular is a-okay with these terms, and come June, we’ll find out of these sacrifices were worth it.