Rumors Say Verizon Getting the iPhone 5

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Ah those iPhone rumors keep heating up and Dvice says that they have an unnamed source who has played with a coming version of the iPhone for Verizon’s network. Guess what? They claim it’s not the same as AT&T’s iPhone 4.

The source claims that this will be a different model of iPhone than was released on AT&T this year, and have quite a few improvements that clearly differentiate it from the older model. How much? Think faster processor, bigger screen, and an internal antenna (apparently Verizon insisted). This certainly is amazing news—if it’s true.

While it is generally accepted that Apple has ordered millions of CDMA chips recently—the same technology as Verizon uses—other countries also use this technology. For all anyone knows, this could be a model for China. I certainly hope these are for this rumored new iPhone. What would it be named? The iPhone 5? Since it’s not expected have Long Term Evolution (LTE or 4G) technology, ‘iPhone 4G’ would probably be a misleading name which Apple would want to avoid.

But wait! What about Apple’s exclusivity contract with AT&T? That’s not supposed to expire until 2012? Sure, if you believe what the two companies say. Apple might have an escape hatch or two in there.

These Verizon iPhone rumors have been circulating since the first iPhone came out in 2007. Each year, we are supposed to get one but never do. Before I pin my hopes on this, I want to see something more official like perhaps a prototype of the Verizon iPhone. Since Apple is so secretive, I guess we might have to wait until someone loses another prototype.

Is this the real deal? Apple finally going to let us use its phone on the largest network in the country? I certainly hope so. It would be about time. We’ve been salivating for it since the first one was released. Besides, many of us are opting for Android handsets since Verizon carries such a good selection. The iPhone needs to come to Verizon if Apple wants to keep moving units like it has. Would you trade in your Android for a bigger, fast iPhone if it hits Verizon? Would you switch from your BlackBerry? Let me know what you think.

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