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New iPhone 5 with AT&T 4G only, Droid Bionic or bust for Verizon users

If you’re looking for a major twist and turn before Apple’s WWDC 2011 keynote kicks off tomorrow, this could possibly be it. We’re hearing rumors that the iPhone 5 is indeed coming, it’s real and it will be equipped with 4G network support, but only for one of the main carriers in the US.

It’s a huge claim to make we agree, but an article published over at Barrons suggests that the iPhone 5 is coming to AT&T with 4G support only for their network – meaning that the device will not apparent have 4G support for Verizon’s network too, as reported from Redmond Pie.

The claims have been made by Todd Rethemeier from Hudson Square Research, as he adds that the iPhone 5 on AT&T will benefit from a data speed increase of around 5-10Mbps, while Verizon users will have to make do with just a ‘less than 1Mbps’ speed increase, which is obviously not good enough for future iPhone 5 buyers on Big Red.

He also adds that the iPhone 5 will come to market with the iPhone 5 moniker, and not the iPhone ‘4S’ that has been speculated in the media. With Verizon’s 4G LTE network seemingly more established than ever with the likes of the HTC Thunderbolt, Droid Charge and upcoming Droid Bionic, it seems remarkable to think that the iPhone 5 will be ommited from 4G support on Verizon.

As a Verizon owner reading this, what are your thoughts on the iPhone 5 potentially being 4G-only on AT&T? Will this make you switch carriers, or are you more excited about the 4G supported Droid Bionic running the latest version of Android OS, than the iPhone 5 still running 3G speeds. Give us your thoughts on this.

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