Bloomberg’s report about Verizon launching the iPhone in January gave the optimistic crowd something to believe in and the pessimistic crowd newfound skepticism. The report may not exactly pan out in terms of timing, but Jim Dalrymple of, LoopInSight, believes there is some credibility to Bloomberg’s assertion as Apple has already created a CDMA version of the iPhone. As soon as Apple can strike a deal with Big Red they can start mass producing the already manufactured CDMA iPhone.
This is important because it means the hardware is already in place. Dalrymple puts it well:
Apple already has a Verizon compatible iPhone. It’s not that they have to rush around Apple HQ and start building the thing for a January launch with Verizon — it’s already there and being perfected all the time.
All that is preventing Verizon from launching the iPhone is a simple agreement between the two giant companies. Dalrymple believes Verizon and Apple have not agreed to anything yet, but are still in tense negotiations and leaking information to Bloomberg might have been a negotiating tactic.
It will be interesting to see what new information and rumors about Verizon launching the iPhone come out in the upcoming weeks and months.