Verizon schedules mandatory employee training sessions for ‘iconic pre-order’ Jan 25-Feb 4

Rene Ritchie reports for TiPb, “Verizon is having another one of their mandatory face-to-face training sessions for an ‘iconic pre-order,’ this one scheduled for January 25 to February 4, 2011.”

“It jives with reports of Apple employees getting blacked out during a similar period and seriously, the amount of rumors coalescing around early February 2011 sure are interesting,” Ritchie reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Whatever could this be for, Kin 2: The Sequel? Or perhaps for something even a bit more “iconic?”

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


  1. The omens are compounding. Who is it around here that keeps saying “not until 2012” ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Perhaps someone can explain this to me. I thought the CDMA network doesn’t allow simultaneous voice and data. That is why Apple chose ATT. How would a Verizon iPhone get around this? Additionally, as one who travels overseas often, how will a CDMA iPhone connect since most carriers use GSM?

  3. The latest slew of Android smartphones and tablets slated for Verizon looks quite nice, nice enough to at least be nipping at the heels of the iPhone and iPad.

    I think Apple needs to look at a fundamental redesign of iOS – spruce it up a bit – so it doesn’t loom so long in the tooth. Android is still crap in my opinion but with the ultra fast iterations it’s closing the gap on iOS at a rapid clip.

    Apple makes quantum leaps when innovating new product segments but the rate of development tails off after initial launch. iOS is still reasonably recognizable in its current 4.2 iteration as its 1.0 brethren but Honeycomb seems to be a technological leap forward from Gingerbread.

    I think Apple needs to step up the iOS development cycle and bring some pizzazz back to the UI.

  4. First – at Ballmer’s left nut. Congratulations, your comment is currently in the lead for the most inane comment of the day. Adding a bunch of ‘pizzaz’ doesn’t do anything to actually improve user experience, rather it’s simply a tactic to distract the user from the shortcomings and deficiencies that prevail amongst in Android.

    The timing of this event has me skeptical. Sure, it is a foregone conclusion that VZ (and probably other mobile telcos) are going to have iPhones this year. What has me scratching my head though is why now when iPhone 5 is set for June? I mean, if this February deal is in fact iPhone on VZ, who is going to buy in knowing that a new version is a scant 4-5 months away? Maybe Apple is going to bump iPhone 5 up to a March launch, but that seems unlikely.

    I guess only time will tell, but Apple is normally pretty predictable with their launch schedule (at least as it relates to iOS devices).

  5. I agree with Willie G – the rumors about 1Q11 as the launch of VZ iPhone never made sense to me either, when most people claim that iPhone5 isn’t due out until late 2Q11, or early 3Q11.

    But you’ll notice the article claims the Verizon staff is being trained for an “iconic pre-order”. Maybe Verizon will start taking pre-orders for iPhone5 in March, and deliver the handsets in July along with AT&T …

  6. @Willie G
    You may wish to close your eyes and plug your ears and shout, “Na Na Hey Hey, the rest of the world doesn’t exist outside my bubble,” but if you look at what Android brought to the table in CES 2011 you’ll soon realize your outdated views of Android’s backwardness relative to iOS is a chimera.

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