Verizon CEO Throws a Monkey Wrench into the Verizon iPhone Rumor Mill

If Verizon will be selling a version of Apple’s wildly popular iPhone in the near future, its CEO doesn’t want to even let a single hint drop. Remember when Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, made the offhanded remark that he has Verizon cell towers on campus? Ivan Seidenberg, Verizon’s CEO, won’t even go that far. Besides just denying the Verizon iPhone rumors, he said, “Hopefully, at some point Apple will get with the program.” Woah. Strong words there.

Okay, but what about all the analysts saying Apple is currently in the process of producing millions of CDMA compatible iPhone units right now for some type of January 2011 launch? Everyone seems to be forgetting that there is a CDMA network in China. Certainly China would love some iPhone 4 goodness on more carriers. However, don’t count out a Verizon iPhone in the near future quite yet. Remember, Apple had two iPhone 4s in design before it released the current version on AT&T’s network. Seidenberg’s words might be true, or they could just be him trying to downplay a possible deal in case it ultimately falls apart.

At the same time, Seidenberg hinted that he hopes the iPhone comes to Verizon’s coming 4G (Long Term Evolution or LTE) network which is in the process of rolling out to 30 NFL cities by the end of the year. It won’t be ready for cellular calling until sometime in 2011 though and will be for wireless data cards for laptops until then. If this years batch of Verizon iPhone rumors turn out to be false, then we will have to wait until Apple prepares to launch its next iPhone sometime next year. Of course, the rumors for a Verizon iPhone have been going on since 2007, so don’t hold your breath.

Think the iPhone 4 will roll onto Verizon’s network in January or will we have to wait for Verizon’s 4G network to go national? I think we’re all getting sick of this rumor game surrounding Verizon and the iPhone. Come on Apple and Verizon, just get along? Let me know what you think of this latest development in the comments.

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