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The device will be available to customers in January, according to the people, who declined to be named because the information isn’t public.
Verizon Wireless, which is building a high-speed fourth- generation network, plans to unveil several devices that will run on the new technology in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, Chief Executive Officer Lowell McAdam has said.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...ffering-iphone-ending-at-t-s-exclusivity.html
 

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Given that they've mentioned the upcoming LTE network, I'll admit this seems a lot more plausible than the CDMA iPhone rumors we've been hearing about since the iPhone was released in 2007.

The timing still seems odd as it doesn't seem to fit Apple's June releases, but anything can happen.
 

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Is the LTE network going to work with the existing GSM band iPhones? In which case there could be some truth to it with it coming out mid-cycle but with the existing iPhone like what happened here with Bellus.

But if a new radio is required then there's no way. Apple would piss off too many of it's customers that are committing now to AT&T even though they'd really rather be on Verizon. No iPhones with a new radio/hardware until next June/July.

I think we've heard this one too many times - I'm skeptical.
 

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I read that ATT had exclusivity until 2012. This date was revealed in the filings for a lawsuit.

Unless they renegotiated that date with Apple, the Verizon is SOL.
 

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The story james99 linked makes a lot more than others floating around out there. It makes total sense to get an LTE phone to Verizon (and others) but most of the reports are automatically associating Verizon with its legacy CDMA network.
 

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Nobody said it would be the current model of the iPhone 4. All that would need to change is the radio chipset. Apple could even call it "iPhone 4 LTE" or something to differentiate it.

In some ways I could see Verizon making an announcement that they will be getting an iPhone at a future date, but they probably won't be launching one in January. The only issue I see with this though is the potential to compromise sales on the existing AT&T device.
 
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