Verizon iPhone – To be announced 1/11/11?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011 | Business | by

According to an article on CNET,  When will Apple announce a Verizon iPhone, rumors are circulating at CES that Apple is holding a press event on 1/11/11.

The article also says Apple is limiting vacation and time off in Apple stores for January and February.

All signs point to FINALLY!

I’m wondering a few things.

  • Will we still be able to talk and use data on a CDMA iPhone?  CDMA itself can’t support voice and data simultaneously (hence all the AT&T commercials touting that) — but new CDMA wireless standards may allow a new baseband controller from Qualcomm to use CDMA and GSM at the same time.
  • How will contracts work with Verizon?  Will the prices for the Verizon iPhone be the same as AT&T, it’s going to be tough to wrangle over some iPhone users because of the new cancellation fees AT&T has strategically setup.
  • Price points?
  • Will it support tethering?  Will it cost extra?
  • What will the implications of agreements with AT&T be?  For example AT&T used to force certain restrictions on iPhone apps, was that in the expiring contract?

Mostly I expect the options to reflect what they currently are on AT&T.  After all Verizon doesn’t have to bring much to the table except better service to win.

I do hear that there will be an iPhone 5 halfway through the year (in the usual iPhone development cycle).  This could be costly if we all get a Verizon iPhone in February, only to need to upgrade in 3 months.  I don’t know if I can stomach paying $1000 in a single year for iPhones ($300 for the new phone, and another 600 for a non subsidized version a few months later)

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