That mythical but as of yet invisible creature that is the Verizon iPhone has been mentioned again.
This time, however, it’s a little bit more than the usual “industry sources” rumors of the past. While doing a profile of Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be available early next year.
This of course is not an official announcement, but probably the closest we’re going to get to that for at least the next few weeks.
The first iPhone that Verizon will carry will, according to the same source, probably be CDMA-only, meaning that ‘global roaming’ will be out of the question for its owners. Of course, subsequent iPhones for Verizon may indeed be dual-network ready and operate both on Verizon’s CDMA network and other GSM networks – but nothing has been said of that.
It definitely looks more and more like this time all the rumors were real, but we’ll have to wait for 2011 to come to be sure. Anyway, even if the iPhone doesn’t land on Verizon early next year, at some point it has to. Apple can’t continue to ignore the many millions of sales it would make on Verizon. So one way or the other, the Verizon iPhone is coming.
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