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Rumor has Verizon iPhone using LTE in post-Christmas debut

updated 01:00 pm EST, Mon December 13, 2010

Carrier already has phone in stock, source claims

The Verizon iPhone will be a hybrid LTE/CDMA device, launching shortly after Christmas, a source claims. Described only as "familiar with the matter," the source elaborates that Verizon held management training sessions for iPhone sales last week, and allegedly had LTE-ready models available for hands-on use. The Verizon iPhone in fact said to have been finished for some time, already in shipment to company warehouses.

The warehouse stockpiling is believed to be part of an agreement with Apple to control security. Verizon is at the moment said to be avoiding shipping units to third-party retailers in order to prevent leaks. Once an announcement is made though, the carrier will then push devices out to channels en masse.

The carrier's marketing is expected to concentrate on its recently-launched LTE network, which allows for much faster data than is possible with current 3G networks. The CDMA support is considered essential, however, since LTE is so far only running in 38 cities and 60 airports. Some other LTE-capable phones shipping in early 2011 include the HTC Incredible HD.

The source suggests that Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, is upset about the progress of LTE deployment so far. The company is as a result thought to be "helping" carriers with LTE expansion, although it may be too late. Apple is said to have wanted to make the iPhone 5 an LTE-only device, but neither AT&T nor Verizon are expected to have widespread networks finished by the summer.






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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +7

    um...

    CDMA support is also key since Verizon doesn't do voice over LTE.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    Joined: Dec 2010

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    comment title

    As Webster defines it, Verizon iPhone: A term used by news site to get more views by mentioning a device that will never exist since Apple would never in a million years make a deal with a Satanist CDMA monopoly.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -5

    Oh...

    The source suggests that Apple's CEO, Steve Jobs, is upset about the progress of LTE deployment so far.

    And, Steve, people have been upset about not getting all these grand cloud services that are going to be offered via your new NC Data Center. Wait? You saying it'll get online when its ready and working, and not a moment beforehand, because the experience is more important than some artificial time-frame?

    Of course it's taking longer than you would like. Companies like ATT and Verizon have to worry about serving all their existing customers, not just those who buy your phone. Thus, they can't just throw out all that backward compatibility because it doesn't fit into your plans, which is what you would do.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Uh-oh!

    Apple is said to have wanted to make the iPhone 5 an LTE-only device, but neither AT&T nor Verizon are expected to have widespread networks finished by the summer.

    Don't tell this to Justin! He'll go ballistic once he finds out Apple isn't holding out for the 'true' 4G network to be released and implemented!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    too late

    by mentioning a device that will never exist since Apple would never in a million years make a deal with a Satanist CDMA monopoly.

    As opposed to the satanist HSPA monopoly in ATT? As opposed to the OS monopoly in Microsoft (dealings made some 13 years ago, back when they were truly evil and not just pitiful).

    Apple will make a deal with whomever they want if it benefits them more than it costs them, both in terms of money, public image, or what-not. h***, they've been known to deal with Greenpeace. If they'll deal with them, you don't think they'd deal with Verizon?

  1. CarlRJ

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Hmm...

    I'm a little suspicious that this "news" is too good to be true, but if it pans out, I'll be spending most of January doing a Snoopy Dance (while waving new Verizon iPhone in the air).

    http://www.darkharbor.com/snoopydance/

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    My toenail clippings could be a source.

    And be more correct than this.

    - A

  1. poncho_mx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    iPhone 4 CDMA Already for sale in Mexico

    Iusacell in Mexico (Verizon roaming partner in Mexico) has the iPhone 4 CDMA already for sale.

    http://www.iusacell.com.mx/iphone/

    No wonder it will come out for sale soon in the US.

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