Verizon to Nab iPhone in January: Report Timing coincides with network upgrade, which could make this zillionth prediction credible By Kevin Spak, Newser Staff Posted Jun 30, 2010 10:44 AM CDT 9 comments Comments An Associated Press reporter holds the new Apple iPhone during a product test review in San Francisco, Thursday, June 24, 2010. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Newser) – Verizon customers will at long last be able to buy iPhones in January of next year, according to an anonymously sourced report on Bloomberg. The move could “dramatically increase” iPhone sales, notes one analyst. “It's hard to ignore the quality issues that AT&T has faced,” he says, predicting that Verizon would sell 12 million iPhones in the first year. What makes this any more credible than the zillions of earlier rumors that have proved false? As usual, Apple and Verizon declined to comment, but there's this: The latest iPhone is built to run on the new network Verizon has been building, Long Term Evolution, and it's rumored that the LTE upgrade will come in time for Consumer Electronics Show next January, the Washington Post cautions. The same time Bloomberg's sources say the Verizon deal will be rolled out.