Exclusive: Is this the Verizon iPhone?

Late last night Neowin acquired an image of a key Verizon executive holding an iPhone. The person who is well within the ranks of Verizon was spotted showing the device off to several individuals when the photo was snapped. Unfortunately the lighting above the phone obscured the image a fair bit and diluted the image.

While the picture is blurry, it is most definitely an iPhone and was in the hands of a key Verizon individual who was showing the device to several individuals at a private event. The device looks nearly identical to the iPhone 4 so it's very hard to distinguish if this is an AT&T model or the actual Verizon iPhone. The reason we believe it is the Verizon model is because of who was actually showing off the device.

The rumors of the Verizon iPhone are almost as old as the device itself, but with this key individual supposedly holding the device, it looks all but certain that it will launch soon on Verizon. While it is possible this could be an AT&T iPhone, why would a well established Verizon executive be holding AT&T's iPhone and why would he have been showing it off in such a way as to conceal what he was doing even though he was in a semi-public setting?

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While I have little doubt that there will eventually be a CDMA iPhone on Verizon at this point, this blurry and conveniently lens flared over the carrier logo image is proof of nothing.

I'd put a lot more stock into this image if Neowin was willing to say who the Verizon executive was, and where they were at, and how they obtained this image. Right now, it's only proof that somewhere someone can hold an iPhone 4 in a dimly light setting at a bad angle for a camera flash.

It might turn out to be like the Intel move; rumours going on for years but in the end the result might be something else - an LTE based phone rather than a CDMA2000/EVDO phone given that such a move would have the capability to drop back to HSDPA+ when used on the AT&T mobile phone network since both of them will be based on UMTS

Mr Nom Nom's said,
It might turn out to be like the Intel move; rumours going on for years but in the end the result might be something else - an LTE based phone rather than a CDMA2000/EVDO phone given that such a move would have the capability to drop back to HSDPA+ when used on the AT&T mobile phone network since both of them will be based on UMTS

I doubt it'll be a LTE phone. There just aren't enough markets for that to work. Plus, that would technically be a NEW phone, not an equivalent phone on Verizon. Meaning that Apple would probably make that announcement and not allow the carrier to do so.

If there will be a LTE phone, expect it at a Summer announcement, and probably not until 2012 either. Nevertheless, Apple could surprise us with the iPhone 5 later this year.

I'd expect what Brad has posted is definitely the phone. Given who was holding this at the time and now the announcement then it's 99% confirmed.

Hello Mr. Blurry Cam!

As for the rumor, definitely not a rumor anymore. All Things D is reporting that it is in fact the iPhone announcement. I think it is happening. I think it is real. I'm going to go camp out in front of a Verizon store haha j/k

Go to the MacRumors web site boys and girls, and read their posting about the possibility of a Verzion phone being released sometime around the third of February.

Pam14160 said,
Go to the MacRumors web site boys and girls, and read their posting about the possibility of a Verzion phone being released sometime around the third of February.

They did their whole CES thing already (which Apple doesn't participate in). The fact that they have an official announcement next Tuesday definitely makes me think it could be the iPhone announcement everyone has been waiting for. Not that I plan to move from AT&T, but it would be nice if the whole carrier exclusivity was a thing of the past already.

Damn Brad, awesome break for the team and Neowin itself. This is good stuff.

The phone looks almost identical, even though I think it has a bigger border?

Hmmm, everyone knows the iPhone is coming to Verizon so that's not new info or "exclusive". And I'm sure that the Verizon iPhone will look exactly the same as this current one so no one could ever prove you wrong.

How did someone get that close to the phone and not look at the carrier/network????

mad_onion said,
How did someone get that close to the phone and not look at the carrier/network????

That's what I'm wondering. If this was a big enough deal for the guy to take a picture of the phone, why couldn't he/she confirm anonymously that it said "Verizon" or whatever?

I just don't get it :-/

Julius Caro said,

Write the headlines properly.

What would you write then? To me that title says it all; it could be the Verizon iPhone, but it might not be. Reading the article (which you're supposed to do, not just the headline) then points out why Neowin isn't sure but has a hunch.

Don't even care. Got tired of Verizon to get some nice phones and definitely didn't want an iPhone so I left Verizon just last month for a Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile. Never had a complaint about VZ's service but for a long time they just didn't have the phones to back it up. At this point im not sure the iPhone will do much for VZ other than that take iPhone users from ATT but we'll see.

NPGMBR said,
Don't even care. Got tired of Verizon to get some nice phones and definitely didn't want an iPhone so I left Verizon just last month for a Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile. Never had a complaint about VZ's service but for a long time they just didn't have the phones to back it up. At this point im not sure the iPhone will do much for VZ other than that take iPhone users from ATT but we'll see.

Yeah, I have to agree. Verizon has focused too heavily on Android, without any other OS's on their network... I mean, WP7 is coming, and the iPhone *may* be coming, so that may change things. It's a shame, because their service is the best I've had (And I've had all the major carriers at one time or another). They just need nicer phones.

NPGMBR said,
Don't even care. Got tired of Verizon to get some nice phones and definitely didn't want an iPhone so I left Verizon just last month for a Dell Venue Pro on T-Mobile. Never had a complaint about VZ's service but for a long time they just didn't have the phones to back it up. At this point im not sure the iPhone will do much for VZ other than that take iPhone users from ATT but we'll see.

I hope someday T-mobile could sell iphones with or without contract, most of my friends and family have T-mobile, that day i will be happy,i dont care about Verizon.

NPGMBR said,
At this point im not sure the iPhone will do much for VZ other than that take iPhone users from ATT...

That is a HUGE bonus for them.

spartyjohnson said,
To me this looks like an iPhone 3G. Quit toying with my heart.

I want your iPhone 3G with a front facing camera, please!

Javawag (Joe Flood) said,
Guys/girls/others! I have an iPhone 4 sitting in front of me... I know it's blurry but that doesn't look like my i4, my one has a break in the antenna on the top left, sort of where the lock button is but on the left side. This one doesn't and that's consistent with this leak http://www.fastcompany.com/171...phone-5-or-verizon-iphone-4 'citing stuff

If that *is* a Verizon iphone, I would only assume that Apple would 1.) alter the antenna slightly to mitigate the 'problems', and 2.) alter the antenna slightly in order to function with the differing network type.

Or it's just got a bumper on it, like superstriketwo said.

brominated said,

If that *is* a Verizon iphone, I would only assume that Apple would 1.) alter the antenna slightly to mitigate the 'problems', and 2.) alter the antenna slightly in order to function with the differing network type.

Or it's just got a bumper on it, like superstriketwo said.

Changing the antenna would be admitting there was a flaw. Apple doesn't admit flaws...

Traditionally wasn't verizon pretty lame for crippling phones? I know AT&T is evil, but I remember verizon artificially hindering bluetooth with the chocolate ...etc.

ObiWanToby said,
Traditionally wasn't verizon pretty lame for crippling phones? I know AT&T is evil, but I remember verizon artificially hindering bluetooth with the chocolate ...etc.

Which is probably why Apple couldn't work out a deal with Verizon back in the day. It would have to have played a custom VERIZON VCAST video on startup, couldn't get ringtones from any source except the VERIZON RINGTONE STORE and would have 3 VERIZON logos on it.

They seem to be much smarter now. They still include some of their branded apps on phones but it isn't nearly what it used to be.

Stetson said,

Which is probably why Apple couldn't work out a deal with Verizon back in the day. It would have to have played a custom VERIZON VCAST video on startup, couldn't get ringtones from any source except the VERIZON RINGTONE STORE and would have 3 VERIZON logos on it.

They seem to be much smarter now. They still include some of their branded apps on phones but it isn't nearly what it used to be.

And thank god... Verizon really should stay out of developing apps altogether. Their Visual Voice Mail app on WinMo is one of the worst things I've ever used...

M_Lyons10 said,
And thank god... Verizon really should stay out of developing apps altogether. Their Visual Voice Mail app on WinMo is one of the worst things I've ever used...

Unfortunately it isn't a Verizon only problem; Vodafone does the same thing with their phones - hell bent on ramming their branding down the customers throat - as if we need to be constantly told that we're on their 'network' because it is 'oh so special'

Mr Nom Nom's said,

Unfortunately it isn't a Verizon only problem; Vodafone does the same thing with their phones - hell bent on ramming their branding down the customers throat - as if we need to be constantly told that we're on their 'network' because it is 'oh so special'

isn't Verizon part of Vodafone anyway?

Shame the flash reflected off the part where it shows the signal and carrier.

With that said, if it were an AT&T iPhone, then it would be easy to explain why a Verizon executive might try to hide it.

As an AT&T customer, I hope that the iPhone launches on Verizon for two reasons. For starters, people can stop talking about it (not to mention a key feature of the phone on GSM carriers will be missing: talking while using data, which means no more, "hold on while I search and find it" when used on CDMA). Second, it will hopefully make people that were "waiting for the iPhone on Verizon" jump ship to Verizon, which will free up the network on AT&T. My only fear is that that loss to AT&T will cause them to slow down their network upgrades, which have been pretty good lately.

When a new iphone leaks, there's usually something different. There's nothing different about this. There's not even a way of telling whether those hands belong to where you say they belong to!!

Julius Caro said,
When a new iphone leaks, there's usually something different. There's nothing different about this. There's not even a way of telling whether those hands belong to where you say they belong to!!
There wasn't anything new on the 3GS, just the insides changed. I think the CDMA iPhone will be just that: an iPhone 4 with a CDMA radio in it.

Simon said,
There wasn't anything new on the 3GS, just the insides changed. I think the CDMA iPhone will be just that: an iPhone 4 with a CDMA radio in it.

I meant the picture. In this particular case, unless there IS something different, there's no way to prove it is a verizon iphone. It's rather pointless, IMO.

Jan said,
It's always nice to see Neowin having a new exclusive Hopefully it's true!

This was up on MacRumors early this morning. MacRumors is indicating sometime around the 3rd of February. All vacation time over at Apple for the period of February 3rd to the 6th is being put on hold. Go Figure.