Jan 10, 2011

Everything We Know About the Verizon iPhone, So Far

by Sam Biddle
Tuesday is the day a lot of you have been waiting for — the iPhone 4 taken under Verizon’s big red wing. We know the announcement’s happening, but what else do we know for sure? And what about those floating rumors?
First, here’s what we’re sure of.

It’s Announced Tomorrow

It doesn’t get much more solid than this. Verizon’s sent out invites to tech writers, and, though only through the always-nebulous “people familiar with the matter,” the Wall Street Journal has confirmed.

It’s the Same Phone as Ever

The odds of Apple giving Verizon anything other than a CDMA version of the same iPhone 4 AT&T has are extremely low. If a new Apple product — say, the iPhone 5 — were about to be loosed on us, you better believe it’d be Apple doing the unveiling, not Verizon. There’s also a whole host of reasons why anLTE iPhone doesn’t make sense right now — poor coverage, battery-life murder, Apple’s early-adoption anxiety, and existing knowledge of a CDMA model’s development behind closed doors. Engadget’s also dug up photos of an adjusted antenna design, likely made with CDMA optimization in mind.

Finally, if Apple had something shiny and exciting to debut, they’d be doing it themselves. So keep your pants on until this summer, when a new version is likely to be announced.

It Might Have an Unlimited-Data Option

Now we head into slight uncertainty territory. A WSJ report — again, via “a person familiar with the matter” — says Verizon’s planning an unlimited data plan. This makes sense, as it would give Verizon a competitive edge over AT&T, which terminated its own unlimited plan in favor of capped data (except for those subscribers grandfathered in with an unlimited plan that predated the change).

It’ll Be Out … Soon

The original WSJ report points to an end-of-the-month release for Verizon’s iPhone, while BGR sayssometime between Feb. 3 and 6 (based on a Verizon employee-vacation blockade during that time). Not much of a difference, either way.

Steve Jobs Might Show Up

All Things D, citing “sources in a position to know,” says Jobs’ appearance alongside Verizon is “likely,” unless there are “unforeseen circumstances” (a flat tire?). The significance of Jobs’ attendance, and what role he might take, of course a whole other barrel of speculation.

Verizon Might Get the White One

The elusive great white whale of mobile electronics! Could it show up tomorrow? ZD Net’s “educated guess” is that, yes, Verizon will indeed land the oft-delayed white model.

This story was written by Sam Biddle and originally appeared on Gizmodo.
Photo credit: jfingas /Flickr

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