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Apple’s Verizon iPhone plans: Our predictions

Published Jan 7th, 2011 2:25PM EST

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Earlier today, we posted information that led us to believe Apple’s iPhone for Verizon Wireless will go on sale starting February 3rd. The dates all line up with previous reports of Apple vacation blackouts in addition to Apple keeping on the extra Holiday staffers for its stores until further notice. Our independent sources confirmed that in multiple regions, Apple employees are not able to take vacations from February 3rd to February 6th. If those dates hold true, and turn out to be the dates the Verizon iPhone goes on sale, Apple will have to announce the device fairly quickly. While Verizon is one carrier that Apple could trust to keep a product secret (if there is such a thing), there is still no way the company would let the stock piles of Verizon iPhones move before an announcement.

We are just under four weeks away from our predicted launch date, and since this is a product that requires a cell service agreement, Apple and Verizon will most likely want to give potential (and excited) customers as much time as possible to check when their contracts expire, and get their ducks in a row so they can be educated and ready to purchase the Verizon iPhone on launch day. It’s also entirely possible for this event to be based around the upcoming iPad 2 which is rumored to have built-in CDMA and Verizon Wireless support.

We’re predicting that Apple will send out media invites for its Verizon iPhone press event within the next week.

There is one more thing… the anticipated Verizon iPhone launch dates occur during Superbowl weekend. Is it possible we’ll see a huge ad blitz from Apple and Verizon promoting the brand new iPhone during the Super Bowl — maybe even reminiscent of Apple’s 1984 ad? We shall see soon enough!

Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan S. Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.