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3G may be the current standard in network data communication, but 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks are just around the corner. Verizon is working on building its own LTE network as we speak, and the latest rumors suggest that Apple is working together with Big […]

verizon-logo-470x3103G may be the current standard in network data communication, but 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks are just around the corner. Verizon is working on building its own LTE network as we speak, and the latest rumors suggest that Apple is working together with Big Red to develop the next generation of iPhone.

LTE means more data carried at higher speeds, which could theoretically work out a lot of the problems AT&T has been having with running the data-hungry iPhone on its 3G network. Video streaming, tethering, etc. should all be tiny drops in the bucket on a properly functioning 4G network.

The sources of the rumor, who aren’t revealed by the Mashable article that started the whisperings, cite bi-monthly trips to Google’s headquarters, which resulted in an announcement of Verizon getting Android devices. They suggest the proximity to the Apple campus (8.5 miles) lends some anecdotal evidence to the possibility that Verizon could be in talks with Apple, too.

While that may not sound like very solid ground for a rumor of this magnitude, the possibility of an iPhone going to Verizon is not at all far-fetched. Big Red does look like it will be the first out the door with a fully functioning 4G LTE network, and it is the biggest wireless company in the U.S. Both of those must appeal to Apple’s sense of business and showmanship, since what could help its market share more than a showy launch of a cutting-edge device to an all-new subscriber base?

Exclusivity deals are falling in Apple’s major markets like leaves in the fall. First, the UK opened things up with Orange and Vodafone announcing their iPhone deals; then Bell and Telus in Canada spoiled the Rogers private party. AT&T is still hanging in there, but everyone besides it, including the Department of Justice, wants to see that relationship come to an end, too. It doesn’t bode well for AT&T’s primary revenue stream.

Here’s what we won’t see: A 4G iPhone in time for the June/July refresh that’s become standard practice for Apple’s mobile hardware release schedule. The tech is too new, and at this stage of testing, there’s little to no chance of seeing it mature enough in eight months’ time to allow a full-fledged launch of one or more devices for the consumer market. We’ll see a new iPhone, but it won’t be a 4G device, and it remains to be seen whether or not Verizon will somehow be involved.

  1. Cool. I’m still not paying $45 for unlimited data every month on top of voice and text plans. Verizon makes AT&T look like a damn good deal.

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    1. Actually, Verizon offers a data plan for $30 just like AT&T (I confirmed that in person in the store), It’s capped at 5GB, but I’ve been asking iPhone friends to check their AT&T data usage over the past few months and not even the hardcore users have come close to that limit. An individual plan with 450 minutes, 200 text messages and data works out to be about $75 plus fees regardless of carrier. Now I just have to decide between the 3GS and the Droid…

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    2. email and web is $30 a month. Unlimited data usage is $45 a month. I assume that $45 a month includes access to some multimedia features.

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    3. Verizon Wireless Smart phone data plan is unlimited for $29.99/mo or 44.99 based on personal or enterprise. The PC CARD is limited to 5G though.

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    4. Ended up switching to Sprint due to the high cost of cellphone plans, must say Sprint prices put all the other carriers to shame. Unlimited data, 450 minutes, and free mobile to mobile all for $60 for me after fees and cellphone protection plan. Iphone was great, but AT&T ruined it for me =(

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  2. Yeah, because theirs a Map for that! lol VZ is bashing the iPhone, yet want one? How childish is that.

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    1. to be clear – They are bashing AT&T’s 3G network in that commercial… not the iPhone.

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  3. Other than 1 company’s TV commericial… where can I find a *REAL* coverage-map for Verizon3G and AT&T3G?

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    1. I believe you can see a coverage viewer on AT&T’s website. Not sure about verizone.

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  4. Would it be possible to see a new Verizon 3G iPhone by July 2010?

    … that would include a non-working 4G chipset.

    And would “later” work on 4G networks too?

    (Just like Apple did with the iPhone-3G: FM radio, MMS, Tethering, etc.)

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  5. “the possibility of an iPhone going to Verizon is not at all far-fetched”

    Pretty far fetched considering Verizon is running ads bashing the iPhone.

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  6. [...] Link: Rumor Has It: Verizon and Apple Testing iPhone LTE [...]

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  7. Coverage maps are dispyed in every carrier’s stores and product catalog. the web sites both have coverage viewers…Verizon Wireless KILLS AT&T

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    1. You are putting a lot of trust in a map made by people trying to get your business.

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  8. Coverage maps are dispyed in every carrier’s stores and product catalog. the web sites both have coverage viewers…Verizon Wireless KILLS AT&T

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  9. I drove from NJ to Florida and wanted to pull my hair out trying to get a good Edge signal, much less a 3G signal on my iphone. My thoughts of websurfing to help the time pass went right out the window. Unfortunately, the Maps are VERY accurate (look at the huge ‘white area’ on the att mapes going all the way down the mid-east coast). Verizon billing practices are ATROCIOUS, but trust me, their coverage is INFINITELY better.

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  10. my contract with verizon is up in may 2010. i’ll try to wait through the 3rd quarter but if verizon has no DEFINATE release of an iphone on its network, i’m going to at&t just for the iphone!!!

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