It seems as if a new Verizon iPhone rumor emerges everyday, this time a CultOfMac article suggests that Verizon Wireless will be offering the iPhone 5 in Q3 2011, this is because of Apple’s current AT&T exclusivity deal and also to do with Verizon LTE network.
The CultOfMac article is entirely based on the journalist’s “old friend” who is now a “wireless consultant”, so whether you take all of this information all that seriously is entirely up to you.
Let’s start with reason one, the AT&T deal, the wireless consultant agrees that the AT&T exclusive contract runs out in July 2011, he says that the contract was agreed in Thanksgiving 2005 and started in July 2006, which was a year before the iPhone launched in 2007. If you check out the source link below you can see exactly how the iPhone was born and how all of the previously mentioned dates fit in with the timeframe.
Reason two is all based on how Verizon roll out their LTE network and the availability of low-power LTE compliant chipsets. CultOfMac’s source suggests that Verizon are planning to roll out their 4G LTE network across 38 major cities by the end of the year, however at the moment all LTE chips have a USB-embedded die due to power consumption, chipset manufacturers are working on chips for smartphones, but they won’t be available until the middle of 2011.
As you know Apple devices usually boast impressive battery life, therefore low-power chipsets are very important for the iPhone 5, let’s face we need long battery life as well as reliable and fast connectivity.
I must admit all of this information does add up and could perhaps mean that we will see the Verizon iPhone 5 in Q3 2011, however I have learned to stay skeptical as we heard very similar rumors regarding a Verizon iPhone last year.