Over the past few months, rumors regarding the iPhone 4 hitting Verizon in early 2011 have begun to crystallize. It’s no secret that Apple has had CDMA variants of the iPhone in its labs, and John Gruber reported back in August that the CDMA version of the iPhone 4 had reached EVT status (engineering verification test) which is just below DVT status (device verification test). If DVT sounds familiar, it’s because it was plastered on the now infamous iPhone 4 prototype Gizmodo “found” and posted up on its website.
Since then, both the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal have reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that a CDMA equipped iPhone 4 will make its way to Verizon in early 2011. Verizon has reportedly been meeting with Apple to discuss the matter while also upgrading its network to cope with a surge in data usage. More recently, CNET reported just a few weeks ago that call centers connected to Verizon were in the process of hiring hundreds of new employees at call centers around the country. While the listed job description was vague, the listings did note that the position involves handling calls for a “major wireless cell phone service retailer.”
Okay, enough background. Here’s the latest.
A Twitter user on Monday posted a question to Verizon’s careers Twitter account asking if the mention of “more to come” in regards to Verizon iPad availability was a hint that the iPhone was on its way. The person monitoring the Verizon Twitter account replied back, “yes that is the latest scoop.” The tweet has since been removed and of course shouldn’t be taken as an official response or position from Verizon.