Verizon to Announce iPhone Partnership on Tuesday?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

It's been rumored for years, but it should become a reality on Tuesday -- the iPhone is coming to Verizon. The announcement is expected to come at a planned media event in New York City.

The invitation for the event does not mention the subject matter. But The Wall Street Journal confirmed with its sources that Verizon will indeed introduce an iPhone. Neither Verizon nor Apple are talking publicly about it.

If that is what is announced, the next question is when will Verizon consumers be able to get their hands on the iPhone? Reports suggest it could be late January or early February.

AppleInsider reported that Apple is prohibiting retail employees without seniority from taking vacation days during a three-week period beginning the last week in January

In addition, Byou Genius Report said sources say Apple has blacked out vacation requests between Thursday, February 3 and Sunday, February 6. Such blackouts typically signal a major product launch for Apple.

As far as what kind of phone it will be, The WSJ said it would be a version of the iPhone 4 that can run on Verizon's system. It will not, according to the report, be an iPhone 5 or any kind of advanced version of the current phone.

The loser in all of this is expected to be AT&T. The company has been the exclusive carrier of the iPhone since its inception. It brought in millions of new customers to AT&T, but many of them have complained about spotty service.

Verizon is widely considered to have the best coverage across the U.S., although its network will certainly be tested by all of the new customers who are sure to flock to Verizon now that it would have the iPhone.