According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, Verizon Wireless would finally carry Apple’s iPhone and will be announced on Tuesday. “The largest U.S. wireless carrier will make the long-awaited announcement at an event Tuesday in New York City, a person familiar with the matter said Friday,” the Journal reported, although there was no word on when the iPhone would be available for sale.
It will be the first time since the iPhone was released in 2007 that it’s sold by more than one carrier in the United States. AT&T has had an exclusive contract for the phone until now.
Word of Tuesday’s announcement was indicated earlier today by our own Wilson Rothman, who first published the invite for the mysterious event. He noted that it would be hosted by Lowell McAdam, president and COO of Verizon Wireless’s parent company, Verizon. Wrote Rothman:
“After a week of high-level Verizon Wireless announcements surrounding the carrier’s launch of 4G LTE, we get yet another invitation, this time to an event sharing ‘the latest news’ hosted by a bigger cheese than any of the super high level guys here at CES in Las Vegas. So what is it? We assume that Apple will announce the Verizon iPhone before Verizon does, but seriously, Verizon? If this thing isn’t an iPhone, you are going to have an angry mob on your hands. We love LTE, but bring it out already!”
“Our survey suggests that an iPhone from Verizon Wireless, which is rumored, could indeed be good news for iPhone fans,” said Paul Reynolds, the magazine’s electronics editor.
Verizon iPhone will probably launch on February 3.