Latest Verizon iPhone Rumor: Now It's January 2011

The Verizon iPhone is turning into the telecom equivalent of a Jen Aniston baby, as rumors continue to abound regarding when — or even if — Big V will be the first U.S. mobile carrier to break AT&T’s stronghold on the popular smartphone. The latest rumor to be put through the mill comes from BusinessWeek, who say that Verizon customers will have a very iPhone New Year.

Citing “two people familiar with the plans,” who no doubt met the BW reporter in a darkened alley near Cupertino, Verizon customers will be able to line up for iPhones starting in January.

One analyst predicts that Verizon, the largest carrier in the U.S., could bring as many as 3 million new iPhone customers to Apple’s doorstep each quarter:

The fact is, Apple is going to dramatically increase the number of devices it sells in the U.S. when exclusivity at AT&T ends… It’s hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced.

As reported previously, Apple is set to begin production on CDMA iPhones that could run on networks operated by Verizon or Sprint.

Verizon Wireless Said to Get Apple IPhone in January [BusinessWeek]