There has been talk of Verizon getting the iPhone ever since Apple first announced an exclusive deal with AT&T three years ago. Still, there’s no shortage of dubious onlookers as the headlines fill with chatter of a Verizon iPhone yet again.
But “evidence” of such an eventuality has proven so relentless in recent weeks that an unprecedented amount of speculation about the Verizon iPhone now looms large over the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, which kicks off January 6th.
The biggest talk born of Monday’s rumor mill was a report from DigiTimes that Apple has supposedly raised its 1st quarter iPhone shipment goals. Initial estimates for 1st quarter 2011 iPhone shipments fell into the range of 19 million units. Apple is now banking on 21 million units.
Why the two-million unit uptick?
The first-quarter shipment goal for WCDMA iPhones has been adjusted from 13 million units to 14-15 million units, the sources said. The shipment goal for CDMA iPhones, which will be launched in North America and Asia Pacific in the first quarter, is set at 5-6 million units, the sources added.
Given the incessant talk of a Verizon-compatible CDMA device on the way and the incredible coincidence that Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg will deliver a keynote address at CES 2011, it’s a safe bet that Verizon iPhone rumors will be in full blossom for the next two weeks.