Remember two summers ago (I guess that would be summer 2009) there was all those "hot" leads that an "iphone like" device was coming to Verizon that year. Supposedly the lead was someone very high up in Verizon and close to the situation.... well obviously that never materialized but my point (from page 1 of this thread) is that it wasn't a Verizon iPhone per say but it was an iPhone like Apple CDMA phone.
Who knows what that actually means. There was speculation that it would be smaller and/or a different shape and/or a different screen size. But something to definitely distinguish it from the iphone so you don't end up with all the customer confusion questions I previously posted. It would have still been a CDMA phone and still run what we now call iOS but would be quite different and distinguishable.
Maybe that was all rumor or maybe they were close and the deal fell apart from a technical or contract perspective - I doubt we'll ever know. But it doesn't make sense to me that they'd do it at this point.
The iPhone v5 supporting LTE, HSPA, ABC, XYZ, Tic-tac-toe, and whatever else is up and coming I can see. But a CDMA iPhone doesn't add up in my books. Not saying it definitely won't happen (maybe I'm wrong), but I'll believe it when I see it.