Let’s start off by saying we have put together some reliable information and feel that Tuesday’s Verizon Wireless announcement in New York is NOT the iPhone but rather Verizon’s Windows Phone 7 device.
The Wall Street Journal reports that they’ve confirmed by persons close to the matter that the iPhone announcement is this Tuesday in New York and we feel that it’s not. We could be very wrong but here are our reasons.
– First off there were 6000 members of the media and bloggers at CES 2011 in Las Vegas which ended Sunday. Verizon’s CEO Ivan Seidenberg even did the opening keynote at CES. An announcement of that magnitude deserved a huge press audience. If Verizon really waited until 2 days after CES to make this announcement there are members of both the mainstream media and the top tier technology journalists that will be a little more than displeased about yet another cross country trip.
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– Steve Jobs likes to control his announcements and he only announces new products on the west coast. Typically at Infinite Loop and if not at Infinite Loop at Appple’s WWDC event. Jobs has his audience and can steal the show.
– Traditionally iPhones have come out in the late spring at WWDC (see above) Apple has actually done a good job in not canabilizing the iPhone. Convesely we could assume that the iPhone on Verizon would come out in January to let AT&T still have the WWDC thunder.
– We know that Verizon is working on a Windows Phone 7 roll out. Although not nearly as glamorous as the iPhone coming out on Verizon it’s still a new product on Verizon.
– Verizon spent millions of dollars on their CES booth. They were the only US carrier with a large walk in booth with great lighting, 100s of demo staffers, new shirts and presentations almost hourly on their stage. How could you not take advantage of that audience and those marketing dollars for an announcement like the iPhone.
– Verizon is adding a ton of markets to their 4G LTE network, in fact they plan on adding 140 new markets by the end of the year. They could be waiting for the country to be built out a little more if their iPhone is 4G/LTE compatible
On the flipside again we heard a rumor at a couple of CES parties that Gizmodo wasn’t invited to this event so it’s possible that it’s because its an iPhone launch. However if you’ve seen Gizmodo lately it’s pretty clear that they’ve made up with Steve Jobs.
Again no guarantee but don’t be surprised if it’s Windows Phone 7 and not the iPhone. We are 100% confident that the iPhone is coming to Verizon we just don’t think it’s Tuesday. Again, we could be wrong.