Rumor : Verizon’s iPhone To Be Out By The End Of January

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Wait for it...it'll be here...someday! Maybe by the end of January.

When there’s nothing really important to talk about (and sometimes even when there is), we find ourselves talking about the Verizon iPhone again.Ad not set – click and set me here…

And if that’s already been talked about, then we’re definitely talking about the white iPhone 4 and asking ourselves why it’s taking so long for it to hit the market. If you stop to think about it, the conclusion is that you have to congratulate Apple for its amazing skill of getting us interested in the same thing over and over again.

So, assuming you’ve missed reading about the Verizon iPhone rumor mill, we’re back to talk about this “mysterious” handset once again. If we’re to believe the Wall Street Journal, we’ll get to see this handset before the month is over. Apple watchers are already enjoying their coffee somewhere while creating spreadsheets of how much this phone will sell. According to them, AT&T’s competitor, Verizon Wireless could generate sales of millions of iPhone this year. Sales estimates vary based on the person who is behind the estimate. Most analysts tend to believe that the Cupertino-based company will sell somewhere in between 9 and 12 million iPhones through Verizon throughout 2011.

For the sake of comparison, AT&T who’s so far held exclusive rights on the iPhone has managed to sell 11.1 million handsets during the first nine months of 2010. In about a year’s time, Piper Jaffray & Co believes that the carrier totaled 14.5 million iPhones accounting for 12 percent of Apple’s overall revenue and about 30 percent of the company’s smartphone sales. You know there’s the saying “the more, the merrier?”

Well, Apple is about to learn just what this saying means by making its famous iPhone available through multiple carriers. We’ll see what happens as well, once the phone starts selling through Verizon. Previous reports suggested that a lot of people would actually rush to the stores to buy an iPhone 4, were it available through Verizon Wireless. We might actually get to see that turn into reality at the end of January when a person familiar with the matter believes Apple will finally make a Verizon-branded iPhone available in stores.

What’s nice about all this is that the WSJ isn’t the only one who believes this will happen. Mashable has gathered up similar stories from a whole bunch of publications. Reportedly the event will be hosted by Verizon president and CEO Lowell McAdam who will have Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs as a special guest (turtleneck and all).

Reportedly there’s also a shipment goal and about 5 to 6 million CDMA handsets should be transported to North American and Asian Pacific markets in the next three months. As you may know at this point, Verizon’s network is CDMA. Other sources have heard that the “Verizon iPhone” will be dual-mode and it’ll also support GSM, a technology that’s supported by AT&T’s 3G network. This would simplify things as Apple would only have to manufacture one model of phone for both Verizon and AT&T.

iPhone or no iPhone, Verizon who has so far tried its best to promote the Android operating system and devices running it in the US has been doing quite well. At the end of September the carrier had amassed 93.2 million subscribers and it continued to win new ones over as well as increase the percentage of subscribers who pay for data service each and every month. What’ll be interesting to see is how much Android smartphones will continue to sell in the US after the iPhone becomes available through Verizon.

See, up till the point where Verizon Wireless got the iPhone, its lineup consisted of top of the line Android handsets such as Motorola’s Droids. People who weren’t particularly fond of AT&T and wanted to stick to Verizon, would have no choice but to go Android. We’re pretty sure that this led, at least mildly, to the increase in sales of Android phones. Once the iPhone is available through multiple carriers, people won’t have the same decision to make.

Verizon customers could just as well opt for the iPhone and pass on any handset from Motorola and by the way, Motorola has expressed its concern on the matter. In an interview that took place last month, Motorola Mobility’s CEO Sanjay Jha admitted that a Verizon iPhone might widen his company’s losses during the first quarter of the year. Jha ended the interview on a pretty optimistic tone, however, adding that Motorola can still compete, partially by providing phones that work on Verizon’s brand new 4G network.  HTC, in pretty much the same spot as Motorola and known as a faithful Verizon device supplier has also declared that it believes its devices will remain competitive.

All that’s left to do right now is wait to see if the rumors are true. Let’s just hope it’s not the white iPhone 4 story all over again.11

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