I don’t know anything about negotiations with Verizon, and I doubt anyone does other than the highest-level executives at both companies. But I do know that engineering-wise, the wheels are turning on N92, the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4. It’s certainly not in production yet, and hasn’t reached DVT status (device verification test — like Gray Powell’s infamous stolen unit), but it is, a few little birdies claim, at EVT (engineering verification test). That’s one step below DVT, which is one step below production.
The interesting thing about John Gruber’s piece is that he doesn’t seem to have any sources telling him that the iPhone is coming to Verizon, only that a CDMA iPhone is moving forward.
I’ve always off-handedly mentioned to friends that I expect the iPhone to come to T-Mobile before Verizon but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sprint was Apple’s next carrier of choice. One could argue that Apple would choose Verizon as their second carrier to add the most potential market share — and I’m not opposed to this idea. But, what if Apple decides to go with Sprint or T-Mobile instead because of Verizon’s recent anti-iPhone marketing campaigns?