US carrier Verizon has expressed its frustration over the delay of Apple's upcoming iPhone but claims that, no matter when it does eventually arrive, the company will be ready.
Verizon expressed their surprise at the delayed release of Apple's iPhone 5 during the Oppenheimer Technology & Communications Conference on Wednesday: "Obviously we're disappointed that the iPhone 5 didn't come out in June. We continue to prepare for it and when that comes we'll be ready," Fran Shammo, Verizon Communications CFO said.
Between 2007 and 2010 Apple launched a new iPhone each year in the summer, in either June or July; but this year, something has changed, and not only has the company failed to release a new smartphone, but there has also been no official word about a possible launch either.
Shammo went even further, blaming Apple's delay for the slow growth of smartphone users in the company's wireless unit. Verizon hoped that a new iPhone 5 would boost the percentage of smartphone users, but that hasn't been the case. "We would end the year around 50% but that will probably delay that for a quarter to the first quarter of next year to hit that target," Shammo explained.
Verizon is behind its competitor AT&T when it comes to iPhones and smartphones in general. Verizon Wireless activated 2.3 million iPhones during the second quarter, compared to 3.6 million activated by AT&T.
All the speculation has been that the upcoming device will arrive in September or October, though Apple is yet to provide any confirmation.
[Update: Verizon Wireless has recently created a new iPhone permalink URL on their website which will host the latest iPhone content in relation to the carrier. Apple's next iPhone is expected to be announced on October 4th]