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Verizon Communications

Verizon initially lost out on the iPhone when Apple went with AT&T in 2007.

But in February 2011, the largest U.S. telecommunications carrier ended years of anticipation by launching its first Apple product, the iPhone 4. Verizon and Apple had reportedly been in talks since 2008 and spent a year testing the iPhone on Verizon's CDMA network.

About one million Verizon iPhones were sold in just the debut weekend, with 60 percent of the sales coming from pre-orders. In total, 4.5 million new iPhones connections were sold by Verizon in the first six months of the year.

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