updated 01:50 pm EST, Sun January 17, 2010
Image suggests Verizon iPhone soon
Electronista today received potential evidence of a Verizon-capable iPhone. Sources have provided a screen capture from an iPhone in the San Francisco Bay Area that shows "Verizon" as the carrier ID. The tip comes with warnings that no more information can be disclosed just this moment but also that more should become apparent in the near future.
While the capture itself (only a portion of which is seen below for the sake of the source) is believed to be genuine, the authenticity of the ID itself is difficult to determine. Readers should take severe caution as it's possible to fake the carrier ID with a modified iPhone. However, such a modification would be unusual as current iPhones use GSM, not CDMA, and would expose the inaccuracy of trying to associate a present-day model with an incompatible network.
Notably, current Verizon phones will usually identify the network as "Verizon Wireless," but only if space allows. The tight spacing in an iPhone's status bar potentially shortens this to "Verizon."
If accurate, the slip suggests testing for an iPhone that supports CDMA and which would be the first official non-AT&T iPhone in the US. Apple's exclusivity deal with AT&T is widely rumored as ending this year, but most observers have expected any announcements to wait until WWDC takes place in June. The new data would instead imply that AT&T's deal ended with the start of the year, and the allusion to more details soon hints that Apple may use an event such as its rumored January 27th tablet-focused gathering to expand its US carrier range.
Again, Electronista stresses that the information can't be completely verified and that at least some of the sources' claimed knowledge may be inaccurate. We post what we have obtained primarily for reference's sake and due to the coincidental timing.