I know it’s unlikely, but perhaps you’ve heard a thing or two about an upcoming little announcement regarding the iPhone, and some mobile carrier called Verizon. Sarcasm aside, let’s look at the latest details that we’ve gathered about the iPhone’s inevitable jump from AT&T exclusivity to CDMA land.

Join us as we take a look at some of the most interesting facts about this mobile landscape changing event. Face it, the Verizon iPhone is real, and it’s right around the corner…

December 2009

It Begins. Verizon Makes Upgrades to its infrastructure to handle extra traffic. Now we understand that the Droid’s popularity warranted some upgrades, but the massive popularity of the iPhone is a surefire reason to ensure that the backbone of your network is in tip-top shape. Don’t believe us? Just ask AT&T.

June 2010

Verizon spokesperson John Johnson flat out denies the iPhone is Verizon bound, but strategically leaves the window open for future alliance. Of course the Verizon iPhone was likely in the works as he was saying this, but it wasn’t quite ready enough to release any details.

August 8th 2010

Apple orders a large batch of CDMA chipsets from Qualcomm. So, likely at this point, a prototype has been completed, testing is being performed, and now things are beginning to get rolling. Gotta love the rumor mill…

August 11, 2010

Tech blogger John Gruber reports that the Verizon iPhone has entered a new phase of testing, dubbed N92. We’re not sure about that, but it looks like he wasn’t too far off from his CES prediction.

August 26th, 2010

AT&T expresses its confidence about post-iPhone exclusivity, lending more credence that the company has been notified that Apple plans to cozy up with a different carrier. If this isn’t the writing on the wall, I don’t know what is…

September 22nd, 2010

Apple plans to build 3 million CDMA headsets in December. But, uh, AT&T doesn’t use CDMA, George.

September 22nd, 2010

AT&T expresses its “confidence” yet again, about business after their iPhone exclusivity runs out. Now, it’s obvious they’re just scared, and this is looking real pathetic. Mass exodus, get!

September 24th, 2010

Verizon CEO hints against the prospect of a 2011 iPhone. Smoke and mirrors people, smoke and mirrors…

October 6th, 2010

Yay! Now it’s The Wall Street Journal’s turn. They cite a person “briefed by Apple” who says the company will start manufacturing a new CDMA iPhone by the end of the year. Okay, we can do this too… “The Verizon iPhone is coming in 2011, my friend told me,” see, that was eaaaasy peeezy.

October 19th, 2010

Who doesn’t love a few strategically angled spy shots? A blog by the name of Richy Rich (love that name btw) posted a few images of what they claim to be a CDMA iPhone 4 running a test operating system. Interestingly enough, the blog also claims that the iPhone 4 will retain its SIM card slot as well.

October 19th, 2010

A new CDMA iPhone has reached final testing stages. According to BGR, this specific iPhone is called the iPhone “3,2″ model, the iPhone 4 was the “3,1″ model. So it makes sense that this “3,2″ model is the next major iteration of the iPhone. Right on.

December 10th, 2010

Apple posts job openings for CDMA engineers. Something tells us that this could be related to the Verizon iPhone, but hey, that’s just a wild guess.

December 11th, 2010

In this latest episode of “as the rumor mill churns,” a source contacts us and confirms the Verizon iPhone is indeed real, and is right on the horizon. The facts seem to check out on this one.

December 29th, 2010

Eighteen days later, a new report surfaces indicating that Apple will most likely be doing some sort of revamp to the iPhone before March of 2011. Since Apple normally releases iPhone updates in the summer, this goes right along with the Verizon rumors.

December 30th, 2010

Business Week claims it has a source that reports that Apple will be holding a special event on Valentine’s Day to announce the new partnership with Verizon. Not out of the realm of possibilities at this point, but highly unlikely… Unless Verizon’s event is just an announcement of an announcement. But, again in this industry, not out of the realm of possibilities.

January 5th, 2011

Five whole days into the new year before a major Verizon rumor? The rumor mill is slacking off as of late! Anyway, this one is a biggie, and appears to indeed be photos of the Verizon iPhone’s exoskeleton. If that wasn’t enough, Apple had YouTube remove a video that compared the current iPhone 4 and the new iPhone’s unmentionables.

January 7th, 2011

Along with the recent announcement that Apple has put a freeze on retail employee vacations, (yay forced labor!) this latest news is all but a confirmation of what we’ve been waiting for since the iPhone was announced. A January 11th announcement would work perfectly with the rumored launch of the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd.

January 11th, 2011

After many years, and many rumors, Verizon shocks us all, and announces the Motorola Droid Z… Haha, wouldn’t that be funny? But seriously, the Verizon iPhone will be announced. People will be happy, lines will form around corners, Apple stock will rise, AT&T will cry, and we’ll have more news to cover than ever before.

Stay tuned folks, excited much?

  • jkfdb

    You missed one.

    October 28, 2010
    iPad comes to Verizon stores

  • AnotherBrian

    Everyone should have known when AT&T was doing early upgrades for iPhone users that hadn’t even had their phone for a year. AT&T wasn’t trying to be Santa, it’s called lock you in like they did Apple for so many Years.

  • Eric

    U made a wrong prediction!

  • Rizo g

    Excellent article but can u please change the title of the article to verizon on the horizon

  • Dirk

    The question is… Will verizon offer to buy out existing AT&T contracts or pay termination fees for switchers?

    • AppleBits

      Good question. It would likely be spending to do, but also probably well worth it. Let’s face it, $350 to drop a contract early is NOT an easy pill to swallow. At least with Verizon, their early term fee (last I used them) dropped a little with each passing month. When I dumped my Storm for the iPhone, I did pay a term fee with V, but it wasn’t the usual $250 or whatever because I only had a few months left, so it was more like $75 or the like. (Yes, it was worth it to get an iPhone to replace that Storm!)

    • Gabriel

      Yes, people familiar in that matter indicate that Verizon will buy out every AT&T contract that people wish to switch over with, and rumor has it by “Wall Street Journal”, and “Gabriel Times” newspaper report, that they will also include a free latest gen iPhone, and a 24 month free rent/mortgage vouchers for everyone who sings a 2 yr contract. There will be a non negotiable $35 activation fee.

  • ATTVerizonNow

    Time to dump some oil stocks and buy more Apple shares. 😉
    YAY for open markets!

  • Nelson

    Verizon suxxxxx

  • Steve Jobz.

    So is a CDMA phone unlockable the way a GSM phone is? Like would that mean I can connect an iPhone to sprint or even metroPCS?

    • Juan

      Sprint and MetroPCS would have to enter data about your phone into their network before you can use their network. The unlocking park is dependant on the contract between Verizon and Apple (if any). For all we know, once Verizon iPhone hits the market, Apple will have to issue unlocks upon request unless you’re still on contract with AT&T.

    • lele

      sprint doesn’t activate phones that are not branded to them. and like the above post says, the unlocking parts depends on Verizon.

    • Mark

      It could be but doubtful unlocking CDMA is very different then unlocking GSM phone. You have to flash the entire rom of the phone to support another carrier, Sprint won’t let you run it on their network but most people have flashed Verizon Droid phones like Droid X, HTC incredible, Droid 2 to run on regional & Prepaid carriers like Metro PCS. You will have to wait to see what the hacking community decides to do with it.

  • Awesome roundup, Jeff.

  • Diego genius

    Two things I really want to know..

    As a T-Mobile guy who’s rocking the IPhone .
    Will the data plan stay unlimited for the Verizon IPhone?

    Also how long if possible it will take to jailbreak this new Verizon iPhone?

    I know it has to do with the baseband and Kernal that’s on the phone.
    I’m wondering if any jailbreakers out there might know.

    • manuel

      It depends on firmware and if they put new hardware into the phone. Changes are it’s going to be with the new iOS 4.3 and if so, it’s going to suck. If it’s 4.2.1, changes are it still won’t be able to be jail broken since those 3GS users had trouble when the iPhone hardware changes in DEC of 2009. A lot of people were stuck with out a jail break, and it was noted that you either had a old boot rom or new one. This made it hard for users who were a jail break firmware to jailbreak

      The unlimited data plan will probably go most likely, so best get them while they still on 😀

      • Diego genius

        Nice to know brah
        Damn life without a jailbroken iPhone is going to be weird…

  • Jason masters

    We should start a wager pool to see whose right about the release of an iPhone for Verizon or it’s some other trinket.

  • dadfnaslfifashdfa

    IVE been waiting for this 2 years now!!!! finally!!!! i love apple!!!!

  • Mark

    I am not leaving AT&T so hopefully this won’t suck the life out of my resale value of my iPhone 4 in May. I doubt it will.. I bet many 3G S users who didn’t upgrade because they didn’t get the discount price & want a better network will flood the market to pay to the ETF & get the iPhone 4 on Verizon thus bringing down the resale Value of the 3G S. However those who have the iPhone 4 will have to pay higher ETF thus should keep the resale value high enough. I just don’t want the iPhone 4 AT&T phones to flood the resale market in May because I will be upgrading for $499 on AT&T. I had Verizon & they were evil & I don’t expect them to treat iPhone users as good as AT&T has when it comes to upgrading to the latest phone each year. AT&T won’t want backlash & loose anymore subscribers so without a doubt they will continue to offer us the same higher discounted prices to continue to lock us in.