While the rumors of a Verizon iPhone have reached a fever pitch as of late, there has been no hard evidence as neither company is making any comments. Some speculation has been that we will see an announcement at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, but now a little piece of evidence has popped up that could either be wishful thinking, or the most concrete evidence yet.
According to PocketNow, Offwire, a retailer of cellphone accessories, started putting up pages for accessories for a Verizon version of the iPhone. The pages featured an image saying that images would be forthcoming, but all references to the device have now been pulled from the site.
As backup to this, case maker Case-Mate has apparently started creating SKU inventory numbers for Verizon version of some iPhone accessories. They also had a page up for a little while that said the following.
It’s coming. The Verizon iPhone 4 is on its way and we’ve got you covered with the largest selection of cases and accessories. Sign up to be the first to know when our Verizon iPhone products arrive and are available to order. From the Tough protective cases to the slim Barely There, our most popular cases have been redesigned to specially fit the Verizon iPhone.
The page has now been pulled, but Google Cache brought up that text and this image.
This is an interesting conundrum. If the phone is physically the same as the current iPhone, why would there need to be separate products for it? Does this mean that not only the Verizon iPhone is real, but it is somehow physically different? Or does it mean that companies are preparing their SEO (search engine optimization) for the various ways people may search for accessories for a new phone? Just because something is labeled as a Verizon iPhone accessory doesn’t mean the phone exists.
Many companies prepare for items in advance to cover their bases. It is somewhat like how newspapers prepare obituaries for aging stars in advance so that they can publish immediately upon their death. Morbid to be sure, but prudent. These companies might be doing something similar “just in case”.
What say you? Is the Verizon iPhone finally coming?