Everybody Thinks Verizon is Announcing an iPhone Tuesday

The Internet has decreed it: Verizon is getting the iPhone, to be announced at 11 a.m. EST Tuesday.

At least, that’s the buzz. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the announcement is going to happen along with a mess of other information. They’re calling it a fact. And while I did just get done ripping on them for being uninformed squares about video games, when it comes to smart phones, WSJ knows their s–t.

The latest news pegs Verizon as continuing to offer its unlimited data plan for its new iPhone. AT&T used to do that, but then backed it down when they realized they didn’t actually have the network capability to handle the traffic. Now AT&T is knocking Verizon for the same thing, although Verizon seems to think its network can handle the increase in traffic, according to the WSJ.

Most information about the potentially imminent iPhone suggests it’ll basically be the same as what we’ve seen on AT&T — that is, the iPhone 4 tweaked to run on the Verizon network, but with little else that’s new. Specifically, it seems a bit of a stretch to expect any new Verizon iPhone to be geared up for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, despite the fact that the company wouldn’t shut up about it during CES 2011.

Either way, at least more users might have the opportunity to play some of the iPhone’s massive complement of games, some of which actually are quite good (I’m very excited about the potential of the iOS version of Dead Space). But if Verizon and Apple intend to make it possible for phone gamers to play against console and PC gamers like they can on the 4G Optimus 2X from LG, they’re probably waiting until they roll out the next iPhone — which probably won’t be until the summer.

We’ll let you know what goes down with Verizon tomorrow.

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2 Comments on Everybody Thinks Verizon is Announcing an iPhone Tuesday


On January 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm

Apple and At&t have an exclusivity agreement for 5 years starting 2007. So it can switch to Version at 2012

Phil Hornshaw

On January 10, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Yeah, but I think they’re breaking that contract. Apple kind of has enough money to do that and just pay whatever contract-breaking escape fee they undoubtedly wrote into it. I don’t think they’re waiting that long.