iPhone expected to debut on Verizon at special January 11 event

Verizon is expected to announce the availability of the iPhone on their network at a special January 11 event, with invites sent out to the media earlier today.

According to Apple enthusiast blog The Loop, Verizon issued the invites to attend the special media event in New York on January 11 at 11am earlier this morning. No hint of any possible announcements were provided, but speculation has increased that the media event could at long last see the announcement of the iPhone on Verizon's network, bringing to an end the exclusivity arrangements between Apple and AT&T in the United States.

While at this stage such an announcement still remains speculation, The Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital site have also confirmed they've been hearing from a number of sources that the event will indeed see the arrival of the popular smartphone on the Verizon network, although it's unclear whether Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be present at the event.

"Sources close to the company tell me this will indeed prove to be the long-rumored Verizon iPhone announcement," John Paczkowski wrote today. "Question now is will Apple CEO Steve Jobs join Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam onstage to make it."

As Paczkowski points out, the Verizon iPhone may be announced by the carrier itself rather than Apple, who traditionally hold the media events themselves, because bringing the hit phone to the network is more of a "carrier announcement" than an Apple one.

It's thought the iPhone will go on sale with Verizon on February the 3rd, with a number of sites confirming Apple's own retail staff in the United States have been told not to take any holiday breaks around the date.

The news follows Neowin's exclusive image this morning of the iPhone 4 reportedly running on the Verizon network and held by a Verizon executive.

The Verizon event invite (CreditAll Things Digital)

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I simply cannot wait for next Tuesday so I can thumb my nose at all those people who said this would never happen. "Verizon has already stated they don't want anymore app stores on their network, so this isn't going to happen, ever."

Same people who said Intel-based Macs would never happen either. HAHAHAHA! to all you.

FINALLY !!! Thank the [Insert Deity Of Choice Here] !!!

Now perhaps the rest of the world can get some PEACE and QUITE about this.

The rest of the world where arcane carrier lock-in monopoly's are simply a non-issue.
eg: Here in Australia we've had iPhone available on choice of six (6) carriers from Day 01 all those years ago. Same for nearly all rest of iPhone markets globally.

Maybe now the USA Tech Media can actually talk about the iPhone itself.
Rather than bitching about AT&T and how awful they are.

And maybe now they will get a chance to see that the iPhone is NOT as perfect as they all want it to be... and that Verizon will have as many issues as AT&T. Some customers will have amazingly and great service, and some will get crappy service... the same as now on AT&T. It's just the way of the real world.

Makes perfect sense. Apple (and Verizon) kills most of the press surrounding CES with this announcement. Even now, its stealing thunder from CES. Don't be surprised if Steve Jobs is the one who actually makes the announcement at this event.

asdavis10 said,
Makes perfect sense. Apple (and Verizon) kills most of the press surrounding CES with this announcement. Even now, its stealing thunder from CES. Don't be surprised if Steve Jobs is the one who actually makes the announcement at this event.

AllthingsD is actually running with the rumor that Jobs will be there.

Hey Guys why peoples get so excited about the iPhone coming to Verizon ? Here in Canada they didn't make a big deal out of it when it came to Bell and Telus. It's true that you guys pay a lower price for cell and data price than us. But we do have good coverage on all 4 company ( Rogers and Fido , Bell and Telus ). As far as Rogers and Fido who is owned by Rogers they are the only one who offer 2 Network : Edge and 3G. Unfortunately Bell and Telus only have 3G and their CDMA Network witch is the same technology as Verizon doesn't support it so I'm asking myself If it's true why Bell and Telus didn't announce they could now receive CDMA iPhone because they are base CDMA company. Or maybe Verizon will now have Hspa + Network. What do you think?

Bell and Telus are on the HSPA 3g+ network. Which in my opinion is the fastest in Canada.

And my last phone was on Telus CDMA. So they still have the old cdma running with the hspa network at the same time (gsm which means sim cards).

I'm satisfied owner of a rooted HTC Desire on Telus. Except for the 60 $ a month ...

Edited by 2xSilverKnight, Jan 8 2011, 2:43am :

plantemichel said,
Hey Guys why peoples get so excited about the iPhone coming to Verizon ? Here in Canada they didn't make a big deal out of it when it came to Bell and Telus.

Didn't make a big deal out of it? Bell and Telus spent $1 Billion to launch their joint HSPA+ network across the country, and then heavily advertised the fact they were offering the iPhone on the new network. They were losing subscribers like crazy to Rogers while Rogers was the only carrier offering the iPhone, and Bell and Telus saw the HSPA+ network as their only option to fight back. All three are developing their 4G LTE networks, but it's likely Shaw will launch a nationwide LTE network in September of 2011 as it enters the wireless market, well before Rogers, Bell, and Telus launch their own sometime in 2012/2013.

And CDMA is not the base of Telus and Bell ... they are no longer selling any new phones for CDMA (or hardly any) and will take down the network in about 5 years. CDMA is old technology ... LTE is the future (which is why I'm thinking Verizon may be launching an LTE iPhone instead of a CDMA one) ... though in their case their network is mainly CDMA at the moment, so it's hard to tell...

(Apple = overpriced + Verizon = overpriced) = a big overpriced ripoff. I'll take my no contract T-Mobile with android over that equation.

day2die said,
I though Apple was supposed to announce iPhone for Verizon in 2008.

Yep. I hate "news" sites for their useless rumors. They're as bad as high school kids with the latest drama.

andrewbares said,

Yep. I hate "news" sites for their useless rumors. They're as bad as high school kids with the latest drama.

We will see how useless this is when it comes to life ... they already got the iPad, so I don't see this as being something that's not possible!

vip said,
We will see how useless this is when it comes to life ... they already got the iPad, so I don't see this as being something that's not possible!

It doesnt matter if they are right, everyone has been guessing for over 2 years now- the iphone coming to verizon. I'm sure it will, we are all sure they wont stay on AT&T their entire lives...

It's like predicting it will rain everyday until it does, then going I KNEW IT.

Releasing an iPhone not in the summer.. it not being an Apple event.. Seems very out of place if this is going to be true this time around.. Plus, isn't there still the issue with not being able to use voice and data at the same time, which is something the iPhone sort of prides itself on?

itsthenewDC said,
Releasing an iPhone not in the summer.. it not being an Apple event.. Seems very out of place if this is going to be true this time around.. Plus, isn't there still the issue with not being able to use voice and data at the same time, which is something the iPhone sort of prides itself on?

Unless this is an LTE iPhone 4 (or a CDMA/LTE hybrid) ... considering the number of 4G LTE phones Verizon has already announced at CES, that's not outside the realm of possibility. If it is an LTE iPhone, customers would be dropping AT&T like a bag of bricks and moving to Verizon in a heartbeat. I'm guessing the iPhone 5 (June/July 2011) will probably support LTE and HSPA+ so there won't be a need for two versions ... and the single phone will work on most carriers' brand of '4G'

sabrex said,

Unless this is an LTE iPhone 4 (or a CDMA/LTE hybrid) ... considering the number of 4G LTE phones Verizon has already announced at CES, that's not outside the realm of possibility. If it is an LTE iPhone, customers would be dropping AT&T like a bag of bricks and moving to Verizon in a heartbeat. I'm guessing the iPhone 5 (June/July 2011) will probably support LTE and HSPA+ so there won't be a need for two versions ... and the single phone will work on most carriers' brand of '4G'


Don't hold your breath for it; Apple is late adopter for technology. Remember when the original iPhone came out with 2G even though most new phones that year are already 3G?

sabrex said,
I'm guessing the iPhone 5 (June/July 2011) will probably support LTE and HSPA+ so there won't be a need for two versions ... and the single phone will work on most carriers' brand of '4G'

AT&T hasn't even rolled out their HSPA+.

sabrex said,

Unless this is an LTE iPhone 4 (or a CDMA/LTE hybrid) ... considering the number of 4G LTE phones Verizon has already announced at CES, that's not outside the realm of possibility. If it is an LTE iPhone, customers would be dropping AT&T like a bag of bricks and moving to Verizon in a heartbeat. I'm guessing the iPhone 5 (June/July 2011) will probably support LTE and HSPA+ so there won't be a need for two versions ... and the single phone will work on most carriers' brand of '4G'


I was thinking the LTE would solve that, but I really wouldn't see that being a Verizon announcement over an Apple one

RangerLG said,
AT&T hasn't even rolled out their HSPA+.

AT&T rolled out this HSPA+ network a while ago. They just don't have any phones for it yet. Their LTE network is set to roll out this summer and finish around 2013.

itsthenewDC said,
Releasing an iPhone not in the summer.. it not being an Apple event.. Seems very out of place if this is going to be true this time around.. Plus, isn't there still the issue with not being able to use voice and data at the same time, which is something the iPhone sort of prides itself on?
How about there will be no iPhone release in summer 2011. Wait till January 2012 for a new iPhone.