Verizon iPhone Pre-Order Date Leak Debunked—‘Iconic Device’ Really DROID Pro
Last night, a leaked Verizon Wireless document mentioned a phone dubbed an ‘Iconic Device’ that is scheduled to start accepting pre-orders on November 9th. Speculation immediately shifted towards the legendary Verizon iPhone making an unexpected appearance. Sorry,but that really would be too good to be true.
The Verizon document that TUAW obtained also described the company’s internal definition of exactly what constitutes an Iconic Device. An Iconic Device is one that is “projected to be in high demand once officially announced, even before launch.” That certainly appears to fit what a Verizon iPhone launch would be, but sorry everyone, the document is actually referring to the Motorola Droid Pro. The Droid Pro’s pre-order data has already been widely rumored to be November 9th and Android Central managed to track the Iconic Device classification to the Droid Pro.
I know right? If the Droid Pro is an Iconic Device, then what exactly will the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network be classified internally? The term ‘Mythical Device’ comes to mind. The Verizon iPhone rumors have been persistent since 2007 when the first iPhone was launched and now even the WSJ is giving them props by stating that it expects Verizon to finally get Apple’s phone in early 2011.
It is no surprise that this was not the proof we all have been waiting for so we can finally celebrate a Verizon iPhone. The iPhone uses GSM technology in its cellular radio while Verizon Wireless uses CDMA. The two are incompatible and to make an iPhone that would operate on Verizon’s network (or even Sprints actually) requires a redesigned model with some different components inside. Apple has to make these things and millions of them at that. To meet the expected demand, Apple and its suppliers need time. The company already sells every iPhone 4 it makes and has delayed the release of its white iPhone 4. Long story short? Apple needs until at least early 2011 to be ready to sell.
The Droid Pro from Motorola is shaping up to be a fine inclusion into the Droid family and one of the first Android powered smartphones to be targeted towards business users but it is no Verizon iPhone. Regardless how you feel on Android versus iOS, you have to admit that once Verizon actually starts selling iPhones in its stores, the media will be all over the circus show. Can you imagine the lines?CDMA, leak, rumor, Droid Pro, gsm