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Wall Street Journal: Verizon To Announce It's Getting iPhone

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hide captionCould it be? The iPhone on Verizon?

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Could it be? The iPhone on Verizon?

Could it be? The iPhone on Verizon?

Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Today, Verizon Wireless sent out unexpected invitations to a red carpet event at the Lincoln Center in New York on Tuesday. Now, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that after years of waiting, Apple is finally breaking its monagomous relationship with AT&T and is introducing the iPhone on the Verizon network. The paper reports:

[The move will] upend the balance of power in the industry, ending Verizon rival AT&T Inc.'s exclusive hold on the device and leaving smaller players like Sprint Nextel Corp. and T-Mobile USA facing two well-capitalized competitors offering the world's most popular smartphone.

It wasn't immediately clear when Verizon would have the device in stores.

The Verizon phone will be similar to the iPhone 4 but run on the carrier's CDMA technology, people familiar with the matter have said.

Now, we have to warn that the iPhone-on-Verizon rumor has been one of the most persistent over the past two years. In fact, The Wall Street Journal reported back in October that Verizon would have the iPhone by the end of 2010. In some ways, the rumor has become a piece of American mythology.

That said, after the Journal's report, the web's been playing a game of piecing together hints. The New York Times' Bits blog puts them all together:

A reporter for The Loop, a Web site dedicated to Apple news, was invited. Another Apple news site reports that employees of Verizon stores have been told to attend mandatory training sessions later this month for “an iconic pre-order.” And BoyGeniusReport, a gadget site, reports that Apple retail store employees have been barred from taking vacation in early February.

I'll add one more piece to the puzzle: CNet reports the first sighting of a case for a Verizon iPhone.

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