Verizon iPhone 4 Could Arrive in January
At this point we've heard so many rumors about a Verizon iPhone, for years now, that the tale has sailed far away from the land of rumor and arrived on the shores of myth and legend. But at least the latest evidence that a Verizon iPhone is coming this January has some sound logic behind it.
According to sources for TechCrunch, Apple has "submitted orders for millions of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December."
While that sounds a little technical at first, it's actually far more believable evidence of a coming Verizon iPhone than the bluffing and blustering coming from Verizon and rival AT&T executives over the past couple years.
The iPhone is only made for GSM networks , a kind of technology only found on AT&T and T-Mobile networks. That means regardless of exclusivity contracts , the iPhone couldn't be sold for Verizon because it just wouldn't work on the Verizon network. But news that Apple is purchasing CDMA chipsets, the kind of technology needed to work on Verizon, is the clearest indication yet that a Verizon iPhone is in the works.
From forecasts and supply chain reports, TechCrunch estimates that the iPhone will be ready for a January launch. Verizon's CEO is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, although Apple has a long tradition of skipping CES.