New Zealand cell phone carrier Telecom on Wednesday unveiled its new lineup of phones, and while the iPhone wasn't among the offerings, the company did have news about a possible iPhone release.
Telecom's Alan Gourdie said the carrier is in "discussions--deep discussions--with Apple," according to the country's National Business Review. While Gourdie's comments don't guarantee Apple will sign on a second carrier in New Zealand, the negotiations echo what's been happening in the U.S.
Speculation that Apple will open up AT&T's exclusivity deal in the U.S. has been gaining momentum over the past few weeks, as reports of talks between Apple and Verizon spread. Of course, nobody expects Apple to make a CDMA-based iPhone--Verizon's current network configuration--but an iPhone based on the 4G network is a possibility.
Verizon's 4G network will use a technology called LTE, or Long Term Evolution, which is the same technology that AT&T is using for its next-generation network. If Apple did decide to go with a second network in the U.S., it could easily add Verizon without having to make another model phone.
Apple has not commented on a possible deal with Verizon, but during the company's most recent earnings conference call, Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook said AT&T was the "best wireless provider in the US" and that Apple does "not have plans to change it."
However, not planning to change having AT&T as a wireless partner certainly doesn't mean that Apple will not add another carrier like Verizon.