Rumor: Verizon LTE iPhones already shipping, may be launched after Christmas
Yes, the Verizon iPhone is in the news rumors again. This time, we’re hearing that Verizon already has functioning iPhones that are available for staff training.
Even more interestingly, MacDailyNews is reporting that, according to a source familiar with the matter, Verizon’s first iPhone is an LTE / Ev-Do device and will be marketed as the world’s only “LTE iPhone” (makes sense, of course).
It’s said that LTE iPhones are already shipping to Verizon warehouses in preparation for the official announcement and launch, which should both take place immediately after Christmas (it’s not clear if this means before the end of the year, or in early January 2011).
There’s still no word on the price of Verizon’s iPhone, but there are some other rumors regarding iPhone 5: Apple wants the iPhone 5 to debut next summer as an LTE-only smartphone. However, since Verizon and AT&T may not be able to provide LTE services in all of their markets by then, it’s unlikely that the iPhone 5 will be LTE-only. Steve Jobs is reportedly upset because of the slow LTE roll-out.
Needless to say, none of this can be confirmed at the moment, so don’t blame us if things won’t go as mentioned above.