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Verizon CFO: CDMA iPad Coming ➝

Greg Bensinger reporting for Bloomberg:

Verizon will get an embedded chip in the iPad for use on its network, Francis Shammo, chief financial officer of Verizon Communications Inc., the parent of the wireless unit, said today in an interview in New York. IPad users currently need an extra device to connect to Verizon’s network. Shammo declined to say when the change may happen.

Somebody let the cat out of the bag a little early.

The Verizon iPhone ➝

This morning, Verizon’s Lowell MacAdam and Apple’s Tim Cook took the stage in New York City to announce the availability of the iPhone 4 on Verizon. The device will be available on February 10 with pre-orders for qualifying Verizon customers starting on February 3.
There are only slight differences between the GSM and CDMA iPhone 4. The Verizon iPhone runs iOS 4.2.5 and features Verizon’s Mobile Hotspot which turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi basestation for up to 5 clients. This Mobile Hotspot feature comes in addition to the iPhone’s current tethering options.

No LTE, no data usage during voice calls, and no announcement on pricing plans yet. But, Apple has  published a Notify Me page on their website where you can sign up for emails regarding the Verizon iPhone. And, if you’d like to read through live coverage of the event I’d suggest Engadget’s liveblog.

Verizon Holding Media Event on January 11 ➝

Jim Dalrymple reporting for The Loop:

The Verizon event will be held in New York, according to the invitation received by The Loop. While it doesn’t mention anything about Apple this could be the Verizon iPhone. Typically, Apple’s special events are held on the company’s campus in Cupertino, Calif.

One could assume that this is just some Verizon event where they’ll pull out a bunch of ho-hum Android devices, but the Wall Street Journal’s Yukari Iwatani Kane and Shayndi Raice are reporting that Verizon will be announcing a Verizon iPhone.

The largest U.S. wireless carrier will make the long-awaited announcement at an event Tuesday in New York City, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

But, it might not just be Verizon on stage to announce the CDMA iPhone. John Paczkowski has sources that tell him that Steve Jobs may be joining Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam on stage for the announcement. I’m not so sure about it though. If Verizon runs the whole event they can spend a lot of time putting AT&T down, all Steve Jobs can do is talk about how great of an opportunity it will be to add another carrier in the US. Although, Steve Jobs could be taking the stage to give a bit of a hat-tip to AT&T assuring them that Apple isn’t abandoning the carrier for Verizon.

But, if Steve Jobs is going to take the stage why is the event hosted by Verizon and not Apple? John Gruber wrote on Daring Fireball shortly after news broke of the event answering that very question. His theory:

Apple is fully aware that when they say “We’re having an event next week” that people expect big news and a new product. If they were hosting this event, speculation would be rampant that it would involve a new iPad and maybe an iPhone 5, in addition to the expected Verizon deal.

Seems reasonable to me. I’m certain if Apple were to hold the event everyone would have jumped to conclusions assuming some sort of huge product announcement. But, with Verizon holding the event the only expectation is that they’ll announce a CDMA iPhone.

WSJ and NYT Confirm Verizon iPhone Next Year ➝

Yukari Iwatani Kane and Ting-I Tsai writing for the Wall Street Journal:

Apple plans to begin mass producing the new iPhone by the end of the year, and it would be released in the first quarter of 2011, these people said. The phone would resemble the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T, but would be based on an alternative wireless technology used by Verizon, these people said.

There have been rumors of a Verizon-ready iPhone before but this is the first sign that Apple and Verizon have actually come to an agreement.

Not only does this confirmation have a lot of weight because of it’s publisher but it was also partially written by Yukari Kane, the person that I suspect to be Apple’s go-to writer for controlled leaks. She was the writer that got the scoop about Steve Jobs focusing on the tablet last year and she was also one of the writers that broke news about Steve Jobs’ liver transplant.

But it’s not just the Wall Street Journal writing about the Verizon iPhone, the New York Times has also confirmed that Apple will be releasing a Verizon iPhone early next year.

Apple Moving Forward on CDMA iPhone ➝

John Gruber:

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?