EXCLUSIVE: Verizon’s iPhone rumored to be LTE device; coming right after Christmas

According to a source we believe to be familiar with the matter:

• Verizon held management training for iPhone sales last week
• Verizon had functioning iPhones (LTE-capable) in management hands for the training sessions
• Formal announcement coming right “after christmas”, was
• The formal announcement of the iPhones Verizon debut is coming right after Christmas; “Apparently ATT’s final demand so as to maximize ATT’s Christmas iPhone sales”
• The Verizon iPhone will be immediately available upon formal announcement
• Device has been “100% cooked for quite a while” and already shipping in bulk to Verizon warehouses
• The Verizon iPhone is not being shipped to any 3rd-party retailers in an effort to control leaks
• Verizon agreed to take 100% responsibility for security, so all the devices will be in their hands until the official announcement date, and they will then distribute thru channels in massive manner (hence early stockpiling)
• The new iPhone is an LTE device and that fact – the only “LTE iPhone,” exclusive to Verizon – will be the main marketing theme; i.e. “For the new ‘4G’ (cough) verizon network” that Verizon has already started promoting
• As rollout of LTE not actually widepsread, Verizon iPhone will have multi-band chip backward compatibility with regular CDMA
• iPhone 5 was planned to debut in summer as LTE-only, for all contracted carriers, but the clock is ticking and nobody thinks either Verizon or AT&T can get to critical mass to offer an LTE-only version
• Steve Jobs is said to be upset that carriers cannot seem to get their LTE act together more quickly
• Apple is “helping” U.S. carriers (money?) to build out LTE more quickly

MacDailyNews Note: The above information is from a sole source that we believe to be credible, but should be treated as rumor, since we cannot independently confirm the information at this time.

[UPDATE: 10:20am EDT; Fixed typo, added quoted info to bullet point #4, added quotes to bullet #6]

69 Comments

  1. LTE Verizon iPhone? Sorry, but pretty unbelievable. Apple is never hip on adopting new tech like this. 3G was already out years and the first iPhone was edge only. Yeah, it isn’t LTE.

  2. Android and WImP ’07 will be second and third tier players once this is announced. (I should say a “distant” third tier for the Microphoney.)

    So this makes me wonder is the new added feature and successor to the iP4 just going to be the addition of 4G/LTE? Aren’t we all getting nicely spoiled by all of this wonderful tech competition? Hee.

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