Rumor: Verizon stockpiling iPhones for post-Christmas launch


Philip Elmer-DeWitt is a senior editor at Fortune.

Management training was reportedly held last week with fully-functioning units



MacDailyNews, a site that is usually a repository for Apple (aapl) news broken elsewhere, unloaded a motherlode of Verizon (vz) iPhone rumors Monday. Among their bullet-points:

  • Verizon held management training for iPhone sales last week with functioning iPhones in management hands for the training sessions
  • The device has been "100% cooked for quite a while" and already shipping in bulk to Verizon warehouses
  • Formal announcement is coming right after Christmas, with units available for sale immediately afterward
  • The timing was AT&T's (t) final demand of Apple so as to maximize AT&T's Christmas sales
  • The new iPhone is an 4G "long-term evolution" device and that fact -- the only "LTE iPhone," exclusive to Verizon -- will be the main marketing theme
  • As rollout of LTE not actually widepsread, Verizon iPhone will have multi-band chip backward compatibility with regular CDMA
  • Steve Jobs is said to be upset that carriers cannot seem to get their LTE act together more quickly

MacDailyNews' caveat: "The above information is from a sole source that we believe to be credible, but should be treated as rumor, since we cannot independently confirm the information at this time."

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