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Possible Verizon iPhone found in screen cap

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.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. dliup

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    PWNED F00!

    Yeah, everything on the internet is real.

    Ever heard of something called photoshop?

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  1. JoeMoe

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    Verizon iPhone screen capture

    The five ascending signal strength bars are typical of AT&T mobile phones, not Verizon, which uses four same-sized vertical bars. Methinks this is a mockup just to excite the Verizon masses. YouTube demos showing the Verizon logo on an iPhone have been around for a couple years.

  1. rytc

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    Signal strength

    All iPhone use the same signal strength bars the world over regardless of the network.

  1. wabes2k

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    It's legit

    It has to be a Verizon phone. I've never gotten a full signal on my AT&T iPhone! :-P

  1. WiseWeasel

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    FTA: "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."

    This is complete nonsensical drivel. On a jailbroken iPhone, you can change the carrier image (which is just a png image) to display any text or image desired. Making it display "Verizon" like this is trivial, would not necessarily be unusual, and would expose nothing beyond shedding some light on the psychology of someone who would do such a thing. So unless Electronista trusts the source for some specific reason not made clear in the article, there is no reason to believe that this was not faked.

  1. Eriamjh

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    Like the guys says above!

  1. slider

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    Joined: Oct 1999


    Whatever, hope it comes soon

    I'm on ATT having switched from Verizon. I'm hoping a Verizon phone is in the works so we can finally be able to compare the two networks - Apples to Apples if you will. My prediction, Verizon will be overwhelmed despite the "updates" they've made and we'll start hearing about a whole host of problems specific to the CDMA network and possibly Verizon itself depending on how successful Apple is in retaining control over the user experience.

  1. pairof9s

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    Why is the "Verizon" text in a different color (dark gray) than the time text (black)?

  1. Tony850

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    yeah... but...

    EVERY apple news site, every tech site all are reporting or "analyzing" apple making an iPhone for verizon. So looking for a visual clue that shows up to get a heads up before any of the other competing site is the golden egg right now. I'm sure there has to be a mix up with this came from a jailbroken iPhone and was easily but haste-fully mistaken for the a real thing. if the person really wanted show a true verizon iPhone then show it from the settings>about menu. and blur out the info that would get them in trouble.

    So yes I call B.S.!!

  1. DDRobert

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    anyone can do that

    Jailbreak + Make It Mine (or) Fake Carrier

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