Now here is a rumor we want to believe. 9to5Mac is fairly certain that a Verizon iPhone is in the works and will arrive by 2009. The report:
“According to him [the tipster], Apple will be announcing iPhones for Verizon Wireless in 2009, perhaps as early Macworld 2009. Negotiations between Apple and Verizon are ongoing but they expect to hammer out agreements by the end of the year.”
Very, very interesting considering Cleve Nettles, the author of the 9to5Mac post, further explains that Apple has been posting jobs for EVDO and CDMA engineers (Verizon Wireless’ networks are based on CDMA/EVDO, not the GSM technology that is supported by the current iPhone). But things get a bit murky on the 2009 timing. I, and many others, have been under the impression that AT&T held a long-term exclusivity deal with Apple for at least five years. 9to5Mac calls that five year exclusive deal a “couple of falsely reported rumors” and believes the deal to only last two years. Nevertheless, like many rumors, we want to beleive this one. Do you? Would you hold out for a Verizon Wireless iPhone if you knew it was coming next year? Have you held out on the iPhone because you were a Verizon customer and just couldn’t part with “America’s Most Releiable” network? Or will you chose to believe the BlackBerry Storm rumor and get your Verizon touch goodness in the rumored RIM device before 2008 is up?