Rumor: Verizon iPhone coming in January 2011Alex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
We've been hearing rumors of a Verizon iPhone for years now, and today Bloomberg has added another rumor to the pile. According to sources "who declined to be named because the information isn’t public," Verizon will begin selling Apple's iPhone in January 2011, ending Apple and AT&T's exclusivity agreement. Bloomberg had no other details about the rumored VZW iPhone, so we don't know if the device will be a whole new iPhone or if it would simply be a CDMA iPhone 4.
Although the Verizon iPhone rumor has been heard a million times in the past, this one does line up with a previous rumor we heard back in March from the Wall Street Journal. WSJ said that the Big Red iPhone would begin production in September, giving Apple plenty of time to secure enough CDMA phones to meet demand. A January launch would also give Verizon the opportunity to show off the device in front of everyone at the Consumer Electronics Show. I'm sure there would be more than a few users who would flock to Verizon for a CDMA iPhone 4, especially if it was an LTE-capable device. We've heard in the past that Verizon plans to launch a few LTE phones next year, and what better way to kick off the 4G launch than with an iPhone? Still, we know how slow Apple can be to add tech to their devices (like a camera flash), so the company may be hesitant to be one of the first to offer an LTE phone. Do you think this VZW iPhone rumor is the real deal?
Via Bloomberg, image via Boy Genius Report