Verizon is circulating invitations to a Jan. 11 event in New York City, sparking rampant speculation that the carrier intends to announce that it will carry Apple's iPhone.
According to the bright red invite, the event will take place at 11 a.m. EST at Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center, with Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam serving as host. Aside from that, precious little information is offered.
That hasn't stopped the rumor mill from kicking into high gear. Reports have circulated for months that Apple intends to release the iPhone on Verizon in early 2011. An October article in The Wall Street Journal, quoting people "briefed by Apple," suggested that Apple had slated a late-2010 production start for iPhones capable of running on Verizon's CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) network. That came after sources told the blog TechCrunch in August that Apple had ordered millions of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for the upcoming smartphone.
Other publications carried the story, including Fortune and The New York Times. In each case, unnamed sources were cited for the information.
In the past week, the drum roll for the Verizon iPhone's appearance has only accelerated. "Apple's introduction of an iPhone for use on Verizon's network will come sometime after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January," read a Dec. 29 report by Bloomberg Businessweek, citing "a person familiar with Apple's plans who is not authorized to discuss them publicly." That article also suggested the unveiling event would be appropriately "splashy."
For more, read the eWeek article Verizon iPhone Could Be Unveiled Jan. 11.