Could a Verizon iPhone Actually Be Forthcoming?
In the past I’ve discounted the rumors that a Verizon iPhone was coming in January 2011, but new evidence has lead me to believe I could be wrong. As CES 2011 wwas wrapping up, Verizon sent out invitations to the media about a special event Jan. 11, 2011, at Lincoln Center in New York City. Other than The Wall Street Journal reporting that this is the moment we’ve all be waiting for, popular gadget blog Gizmodo, which leaked the iPhone 4, has not been invited to the event despite having a close relationship with Verizon. Why would that be?
“The only reason we can think of (why we weren’t invited) is that it’s an Apple event, and Steve (Jobs) doesn’t want us there,” Gizmodo editors remarked on the site regarding the Verizon media event.
Adding fuel to the fire is All Things Digital (a site run by News Corp and WSJ), which is reporting that Steve Jobs may make a cameo during the event, joining Verizon COO Lowell McAdam.
I’ve laid out my reasons why I think a CDMA iPhone 4 wouldn’t be on Steve Jobs’ road map, but I think for Jobs, the pros of having an iPhone on Verizon have outweighed the cons, and there’s no doubt of consumer demand for the iPhone on that network. It will be interesting to see whether the Verizon iPhone will cannibalize all the Android handsets that Verizon has worked so hard (and done quite well) to push into the hands of consumers. (We’ll be sure to keep tabs on that.)
For the record, I’m not unhappy about (potentially) eating crow. I’m glad Verizon will get the iPhone. It’s a big win for Apple and it means more friends I can FaceTime with. It’ll be interesting to see how the carrier landscape is shaped after the launch, if the AT&T vs. Verizon service war heats up or cools down, and if Verizon’s service suffers under the weight like AT&T’s does.
One thing you can be sure about: If the iPhone 4 on Verizon is based on CDMA technology, it’s a safe bet that AT&T will be bragging that it is the only network where you can talk and surf on the iPhone 4 at the same time.