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  • Verizon Announcement at 11am, 1/11/11


    Verizon has begun sending out press invitations for a special event next Tuesday, prompting yet another round of speculation about the long-rumored announcement of a second US carrier for the iPhone. The Wall Street Journal is quoting "sources close to the company" as saying this is indeed the case. Combined with reports earlier today that Apple had put its retail employees' vacations on hold, the news has prompted many to anticipate such an announcement.

    According to invitations sent to a number of reporters in the technology field, Verizon's event at Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City's Lincoln Center will start at 11:00am on January 11th, 2011. The invitation contained no details about the subject of the announcement (or the significance of all those 11s), but the Wall Street Journal's John Paczkowski says that his sources tell him that the near-mythical CDMA iPhone will be unveiled at this event. The Journal led the old media sources earlier this year with reports of a Verizon iPhone, after months of vague rumors on the blogs. And one other interesting bit of news: Gizmodo, which leaked the iPhone 4 months before its official release, was not invited.

    As is always the case with these reports, take it with a grain of salt. However, the rumors have been converging remarkably well to an early-2011 launch of a Verizon iPhone. Today's revelation that Apple retail employees will not be able to schedule vacation time during a "blackout" period from the last week of January through the first half of February, was the capstone to multiple reports. Apple has traditionally put vacations on hold during iPhone launches to handle the increased demand.

    Source: Digital Daily
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon Announcement at 11am, 1/11/11 started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 156 Comments
    1. reyg25atx's Avatar
      reyg25atx -
      I have been saying this in various posts over the last couple of days but no one wanted to believe me. If you read my profile you may understand why I have some "inside perspective" on this. Like I said before. AT&T has added iPhone Appreciation teams...why? To retain existing AT&T iPhone customers from jumping to Verizon. Then they drop the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49...why? To get people to bite before the Verizon iPhone announcement. Then Apple blacks out vacations in early Feb..why because the Verizon iPhone will be announced and released Early Feb. Steve Jobs will be at the Verizon event on 1/11/2011 and the Verizon CDMA iPhone will be announce and go on sale early Feb (just like Stealth Bravo said). Some people on these forums do know what they are talking about.. sometimes. **Update** even Wall Street Journal is announcing this. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000...DDLETopStories
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by ylerT View Post
      Wall Street Journal has also been "confirming" the Verizon iPhone for years. Steve Jobs may be there but what's he going to say? Here's the same iPhone with a different carrier...enjoy. The reason Verizon is holding this event is to announce the phone, price and plans.

      Don't get me wrong...I really hope this is finally it. It's starting to get ridiculous how many of the tech blogs are plastered with this rumor.
      You're the one quoting WSJ in your first post bro, not me. All Things Digital is who I was quoting.

      And I never said I had a copy of Steve's remarks, only that it would seem odd for him not to be there. This isn't a Voda NZ launch, it's the biggest carrier in Apple's native country.
    1. weazle23's Avatar
      weazle23 -
      Did sumeone log in under the wrong name?
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      cant wait to hear more about it from Verizon
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Just have to wait and see!

      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I seem to be one of the only ones who doesn't think Android will fall flat on its *** after this announcement (assuming that it's more than just a rumor... again). Ah well, guess we will have to wait and see.
      If that's what the announcement is I think it'll take Android down as well.
    1. gbarielmoreno's Avatar
      gbarielmoreno -
      I can't wait for verizon to get the iPhone. So these morons can change carriers already.
    1. Rob2G's Avatar
      Rob2G -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nielsenius View Post
      I'll be really happy if this actually happens. I can't wait for AT&T to get more bandwidth from less users while Verizon gets flamed for their slow as crap network.
      Yes, it will be great when People go to verizon and leave more bandwidth for me. Then people will see Atts network is not that bad.
    1. Sulfer's Avatar
      Sulfer -
      Watch it end up being nothing more than MacBooks shipping with verizon 4g chips inside for wireless on the go.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Hopefully we can either activate it on Sprint or flash it to a smaller CDMA carrier like Cricket, page plus, or Metro PCS. Seriously are AT&T customers really going to save money by going to Verizon? They are the 2 most expensive carriers out of the big 5 US carriers.
    1. Jedi5o5's Avatar
      Jedi5o5 -
      i bet it's gonna be the white iPhone
    1. Tech guy's Avatar
      Tech guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by SMokemyPole88 View Post
      Verizon iPhone rumors might finally die?

      It can also be the iPad 2 being announced with Verizon's 4g LTE technology built in.
      I tell you It will not be a iPad 2
    1. mr117's Avatar
      mr117 -
      How soon do you think before we start seeing posts here re how poorly Verizon's iPhone works, and claiming it must be the phone, not the carrier? And asking when the unlock will be released?
    1. farfromovin's Avatar
      farfromovin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jedi5o5 View Post
      i bet it's gonna be the white iPhone
      That would be hilarious!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      It is great timing on the part of Apple.
    1. Agudan's Avatar
      Agudan -
      A good source of mine that works for a verizon call center in Texas has given me the news that starting 1/11/11, their warranty policies will be changed due to a new item scheduled for release. My source also has said they will not grant vacation or downtime starting that date until further notice. Source also stated that this has never happened during any new item release so everyone at V is very confused as they have not been told anything about an I4 on that network. We will just have to wait and see. I will keep you posted on the news from inside verizon call center in Texas.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      Actually this would suck if your on Verizon. Verizon is going to change their early upgrade policy from 12 months to 20 months. So Buy a iPhone 4 now and wait 20 months to get another phone at a 2 year commitment price.
    1. Mrducati's Avatar
      Mrducati -
      Quote Originally Posted by Agudan View Post
      A good source of mine that works for a verizon call center in Texas has given me the news that starting 1/11/11, their warranty policies will be changed due to a new item scheduled for release. My source also has said they will not grant vacation or downtime starting that date until further notice. Source also stated that this has never happened during any new item release so everyone at V is very confused as they have not been told anything about an I4 on that network. We will just have to wait and see. I will keep you posted on the news from inside verizon call center in Texas.
      Lol stop with the "my source told me" nonsense.
    1. moon#pie's Avatar
      moon#pie -
      I really don't care. I hope verizon get's it though so that my AT&T gets a heluva lot faster. Better yet, make it so Verizon gets the white iphone and At&t doesn't! That will make the network much less crowded!
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      They should wait all the way to November because it's cooler because it has more ones.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I am still baffled that Apple hates Gizmodo since they leaked the iPhone4 yet they are going to partner with Verizon after not only a year ago they made a strong partnership with Google to compete against the iPhone.