updated 12:45 pm EST, Fri January 7, 2011
Timing coincides with alleged iPhone window
Verizon is currently arranging for mandatory, face-to-face training for workers in preparation for an "iconic pre-order," a TiPb source claims. Sessions are expected to run from January 25th to February 4th. The product in question could be the Verizon iPhone, as reports have pointed to a late January/early February vacation freeze, possibly within the narrower window of February 3rd to the 6th.
Dedicated training events are common ahead of iPhone launches at other companies, given the unique requirements of the platform and massive lineups and publicity. The Verizon training could potentially be intended for another product, however, such as the HTC Thunderbolt. The carrier will only so far acknowledge that the Thunderbolt is shipping in the first half of 2011, even though models are on demo at this week's CES in Las Vegas.