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Verizon timing a "kick off" with Apple's event

updated 04:25 pm EST, Mon January 25, 2010

Verizon to brief managers at same time as Apple

Verizon is timing one of its retail manager briefings in what could be a sign of a partnership with Apple, an inside scoop claims. The carrier normally has a briefing early on in a quarter to "kick off" the season and detail future devices but has put this quarter's meeting on the 27th, the same day as Apple's special event. Moreover, the company is also asking managers to watch a "live webcast" that will start at 1PM Eastern, the same time as Apple is set to begin its presentation at the Yerba Buena Center.

A chance exists that the timing is coincidental, but it comes on the back of numerous rumors of talks for Verizon 3G on a tablet and less certain talk of a Verizon iPhone. Either may depend on using dual-mode chipsets from Qualcomm that could provide 3G and (on the iPhone) calling for both AT&T and Verizon.

Apple has in the past three years reserved new iPhone introductions for WWDC; it's also suspected that the still secretive AT&T exclusivity deal for the iPhone will end in late June, but neither it nor Apple has ever publicly outlined when the iPhone is free to reach other US providers.

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  1. tman

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    Video Phone?

    I could see the tablet being used as a video phone for the home if it has 3G through Verizon and a built-n camera.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Video phone

    Yeah, because that's what people want, to be sitting in their living room and video-phoning around to other tablet owners, having to hold the device out in front of you so they can see you. Talk about tired arms.

    And, really, if you're on a video call, you have to be much more careful not to roll your eyes, mouthing off 'Shut up already!' or any of the 80,000 things you can do when not on video.

  1. JulesLt

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    Easy on the cynicism, Testudo - there's a lot of people out there who use Skype for video chatting - my other half uses it to talk to her parents, who live hundreds of miles away, and they seem to enjoy being able to see her . . . and I think laptops have a big part to play it that (both parties can sit on the sofa and talk, rather than having to go and sit at the PC). I'm guessing, what with the anger management problems, you're probably less popular with people.

    Interestingly they still use the phone too - the mistake people make is always to presume that B is meant as a replacement for A, so to focus on the problems of B. Video calling as a replacement for the phone is a bad idea. Video calling as something you can do - a good idea.

  1. jbiskupiak

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    video conferencing thru Verizon

    I would much rather do this with Skype, iChat or any other software making use of a wireless connection. Using Verizon to do this would just mean sending buckets of money to Verizon. Can't believe anyone would use a tablet and the Verizon network to video chat.

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