So, all those rumors about Verizon iPhone are indeed true. According to WSJ, the CDMA iPhone is almost certain to land up on Verizon and will be announced to the public on Jan 11th 2011.
The talk of Verizon iPhone started way back in August last year and was again confirmed in October (again by WSJ), all of them indicating that the CDMA version will land up in January 2011. So this one should come as a non-surprise for many.
Not just that, some eagle eyed folks at iPodTouchFans have gotten hold of a Verizon listing which includes Apple and Apple iOS along with the existing ones like BlackBerry and Android.
Update: Another big proof – Gizmodo was not invited by Verizon for their Jan 11th press conference!!
This is a big thing to happen for consumers as many are not really in favor of single carrier exclusivity. Even from Apple’s perspective, they had to go for Verizon who enjoy a supposedly better network service, i order to compete with Android’s extra-ordinary growth in the past 6 months or so.
WSJ says that The Verizon phone will be similar to the iPhone 4 but run on the carrier’s CDMA technology. It is still not clear if Verizon iPhone will have 4G LTE. Towards the later half of 2011, iPhone 5 is expected, so it remains to be seen if Apple pulls a rabbit out of their hat and surprise the fanboys with LTE supported iPhone!