The rumored deal between Verizon (VZ +0.4%) and Apple (AAPL +1%) isn't quite that of equals,...

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

The rumored deal between Verizon (VZ +0.4%) and Apple (AAPL +1%) isn't quite that of equals, argues Kaufman Bros. Given softening Android (GOOG -0.8%) demand over the past 2 quarters, Verizon has been bleeding share to AT&T (T -1.4%). Verizon would probably pay a premium to preserve iPhone exclusivity.