Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

Conclusive answer to the question "Is Verizon announcing an iPhone tomorrow?"

No. Verizon offers landline telephone service and fibre-optic-based television and Internet service. They do not offer cellular phones or service.

Verizon Wireless, on the other hand, has an event scheduled for tomorrow at which it's speculated they'll be announcing availability of an iPhone for their cellular network. There are a couple of reasons I don't think this is an absolute given, but I wouldn't be at all surprised. In fact, I think it's a virtual certainty that we'll see a CDMA iPhone sooner or later, so now's as good a time as any. I think Apple wanted to wait to put out an iPhone on VZW's fourth-generation LTE network, rather than on the craptastic, legacy CDMA network, but waiting until there was enough market penetration for LTE before shipping it would mean years. Shipping an LTE-only iPhone for Verizon Wireless now would mean it would only work in a handful of cities, not a reasonable choice for a handheld product that people like to carry from place to place, or, believe it or not, travel with.

Verizon happens to be one of two major shareholders of Verizon Wireless (the other being Vodafone), so they're certainly interested in tomorrow's announcement, but they're not the ones making it. It's true that Verizon Wireless uses inconsistent and confusing branding, sometimes referring to themselves as Verizon, but that's no excuse for the laziness I've seen among tech writers talking about the cellular provider.

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