Over the weekend, a website claiming that sources “we believe to be familiar with the matter” has made some pretty ballsy claims about the Verizon iPhone. Looking at the information shared by this website, it makes no doubt to me that they were just link baiting, you know, like making up stuff to get people to talk about them.

I didn’t want to talk about it at first, but seeing how many people actually believe this, I had to raise my voice and tell what I really think about all this. Hint: this is all bs…

Verizon held management training for iPhone sales last week

What management? Store managers? Apple’s own Apple Store managers are not aware of new devices as they come out, I really doubt Apple would let Verizon’s managers know about the products weeks before it’s supposed to be released.

Verizon had functioning iPhones (LTE-capable) in management hands for the training sessions

Same as above. No Apple Store or AT&T managers get to play with devices in advance. Why would Verizon be allowed to? Makes no sense.

The formal announcement of the iPhones Verizon debut is coming right after Christmas; “Apparently ATT’s final demand so as to maximize ATT’s Christmas iPhone sales”

The end of an exclusive agreement is not similar to death row. You don’t get to have a “final demand”. Besides, Apple couldn’t care less about AT&T. If they wanted to give Verizon the iPhone for Christmas, they would. That would allow Apple to potentially sell more devices.

The Verizon iPhone will be immediately available upon formal announcement

That never happened before so I don’t see why it would happen now. Additionally, this makes no sense. You want to announce a new device in advance so you make sure to have all the press coverage needed for a successful product launch. Launching a product immediately after the announcement won’t get Verizon all the coverage (free advertising) it would want to get. That’s marketing 101.

Verizon agreed to take 100% responsibility for security, so all the devices will be in their hands until the official announcement date, and they will then distribute thru channels in massive manner (hence early stockpiling)

Right! So you’re telling me Apple doesn’t have one of these supposed Verizon iPhone in stock? You believe this if you want to, but I don’t.

The new iPhone is an LTE device and that fact – the only “LTE iPhone,” exclusive to Verizon – will be the main marketing theme; i.e. “For the new ‘4G’ (cough) verizon network” that Verizon has already started promoting

This has to be the most ridiculous claim of them all. Let me remind you that while 3G was a widespread technology back in 2007, Apple still decided to limit iPhones to the slower Edge. Why in hell would Apple bet big bucks on a technology that hasn’t made its grades yet? If anything, we won’t see an iPhone LTE until at least 2012.

iPhone 5 was planned to debut in summer as LTE-only, for all contracted carriers, but the clock is ticking and nobody thinks either Verizon or AT&T can get to critical mass to offer an LTE-only version

Seriously? Apple would play all its cards on LTE, something that no one has even tested yet? Apple would drop 3G from the iPhone? Come on people, a little common sense, please!

Steve Jobs is said to be upset that carriers cannot seem to get their LTE act together more quickly

Steve Jobs is a smart guy. I doubt he is upset that carriers aren’t rolling a brand new multi-billion dollar technology quick enough. Jobs knows it’s going to take some time to reach a critical mass.

That was me talking with passion (maybe too much?) about the Verizon iPhone. What do you think about all this?

  • Emac

    Hate to say it but you’re wrong on this one. Macdailynews has this from a 100% always correct source. This is legit. Do some research about who he source is before you write these pieces. I’m saving this one to go haha when it happens.

  • You hit the nail on the head and I can’t agree more. Apple’s own store managers aren’t aware of hardware releases until the day of, the day before they get a massive shipment of blank boxes with an order to not open anything until the morning of release. Why would Apple give Verizon managers a heads up over there own employees? This makes zero sense when the likelihood of a leak to media skyrockets the moment you bring lower management into the knowledge circle. This alone dismisses the entire rumor.

    Regarding LTE, the coverage area isn’t wide enough to make it a viable marketing pitch. What is Apple going to say? “The all new iPhone LTE! Available in 12 American cities! Move to Seattle or Oakland to get yours now!” Come on, this is comical at best.

    Sadly, most of the iPhone rumors out there are crafted to drive traffic, their only “sources” are their own imagination.

    • router

      SR Executives are different than Store Managers…..duh

  • Petis

    I agree – LTE is absolutely not ready to be shipped in phones and especially not in iPhone.

  • Burge

    If this LTE phone is real , it will not come to the UK until atleast 2013/2015 our networks will not be ready until atleast then .. So are Apple going to make a phone that works in ( what was it) 12 cities in the US . I don’t know what other countries have planed for a LTE network but I just can see Apple making a phone for 12 cities…

    • Z

      I agree with you bud. Why would a MNC concentrate and invest soooo much money into satisfaction of a small portion of one nation.

  • Wikan

    I’ll take one, luckily for us swedes the 4G network has been up and running for 6 months now.

  • rio

    I agree that’s not gonna happend but I hope the new iphone for verizon is legit because I want one

  • I agree. Link baiting for the win.

    @Emac you’ll be the one eating your words. Just saying.

  • soccerkrzy

    The only thing wrong about this is that LTE is going to be the future 4G for all carriers.

    • Agreed, but it will take years for that to happen.

  • tom

    this verizon deal as written is most likely total crap. could be some nuggets of potential truth in there. but to take it 100% as set in stone gospel “this is how its gonna be” . . . . . . nope.

    course christmas isnt that far off, so if there is anything at all to this, guess we’ll see soon enough if its plant food or something to talk further about.

  • tom

    i for one, could care less if verizon gets the iphone or not. ive done the verizon customer thing and when contract was up, couldnt get away from them fast enough. I wouldnt use them again if they gave me a phone and plan. my customer service experiences with big red over the 4 years i was with them would rival ANY of the AT&T horror stories we all know about. my personal experience with AT&T has been light years faster and better than verizon could dream of. so i for one really hope they get the iphone so all the AT&T haters can go over to verizon and stop taking up bandwidth and so forth for those of us that will still be with AT&T

    • Roo

      I couldn’t agree more. I just don’t get this whole “Verizon is teh best” sentiment. Maybe they’ve never had Verizon?

  • babyFat

    Just because AT&T doesn’t get pre-release in no way means verizon won’t. They have been waiting for it along time.I have never seen a more childish rant online in my existence. I don’t know why I continue to read this garble

    • Heyo

      Some of this info seemed to be posted on tipb idk what to believe now and this is an opinion piece don’t be so critical of it.

  • ChuckD

    I work for AT&T, now some of you may have personal gripes with the carrier but listen to what I have to say. I’ve been working in the cellular industry for 8 years now and I would like to say that I’m above par when it comes to knowledge.

    First, I will completely agree that VZW will get a version of an iPhone. That being said, I don’t see it happening anytime soon (as in the next couple months). As an AT&T employee I can tell you that Apple operates in the most confidential manner. Though rumors and pictures get leaked, Apple never passes actual confirmed information down the chain to employees that don’t have a minimum of vice-president level title.

    Your analysis of this is completely spot on. Not to draw this out because I could type for hours about the subject but think of the logistics. Why would Apple be launching immediate sale of a new iPhone after Christmas? These rumors stem back to fall and I said the same thing then. Demand is always the highest the first couple weeks of December, and for Apple to launch a new phone during January would make no business sense.

    Last parting thought. I welcome the extension of the iPhone sales to VZW. There are a lot of complaining AT&T customers that I will be happy to see go. I’m not saying this out of anger. Some customers simply live in areas with poor coverage (welcome to the real world … it happens with each carrier and if you say it doesn’t you should get a reality check). So for those customers I hope you find the phone you love (iPhone) on a carrier that meets your needs. Also it will be a reality check for VZW and their customers when their network performance declines. I will be honest and say that I live in the Chicago area and their service is pretty solid, but when they have a huge jump of customers using the data hog … I mean iPhone … on their network we’ll see how good their network really is.

    If you truely believe this article and are one of those who says “I’m gonna save this and rub it in your face later” happy waiting. I understand your confidence is probably spurred by your extreme desire for the iPhone on VZW, but guess what people have been in your shoes for the last 4 years and are still waiting.

  • Medic1

    Blah blah blah, so tired of these washed out rumors!!!!

  • thefallen

    I mean… People really believe these claims are true? Really?? *sighs*

    Good job Seb! 🙂

  • Honestly I hope VZW gets one…why I have unlim. Data and AT&T has tiered plans…

    Also for people complaining about there carriers service as well as customer service…1)it depends on where you live…use the one that works best…2) I worked customer service for AT&T and I have VZW…I see no difference in how they handle you…it depends on the rep…and your additude….