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How the carrier kept a lid on one of the biggest announcements of the year

Like it or not, the Verizon iPhone deal ranks in the top mobile/wireless tech stories of the year so far, along with the the Nokia/Windows Phone partnership and AT&T's planned purchase of T-Mobile USA. And while speculation about all the aforementioned deals existed before they were officially announced, neither of the latter two captured the same amount of media attention in their lead-ups or provided as much fodder for water-cooler office conversations as the “Big Red” iPhone.

Now, thanks to Adriana Lee at TechnoBuffalo, we're offered a behind-the-scenes view into the Verizon iPhone deal via an unnamed Verizon source.

Six months before the January announcement of the iPhone (right around the time AT&T was rolling out the iPhone 4), select staffers were field-testing Verizon's network connectivity at Apple stores across the country. 

But the few Verizon employees that actually received CDMA iPhones before the official announcement were entrusted with the devices only two weeks prior. Before they could begin using them, though, the staffers had to sign and fax four-page non-disclosure agreements from Apple. And, in order to make sure the devices weren't lost or in the wrong hands, they required the staffers to text a secret 12-digit PIN to a dedicated phone number every 12 hours. (If it makes you think of Desmond and Locke in the hatch on LOST, you aren't the only one.)

Beyond these select staffers and top-level executives, no other Verizon employees had prior knowledge about the company's iPhone announcement. In fact, during internal communications, it was referred to as project "ACME," and "iPhone" was never spoken.

Still, the deal remained buzzworthy in the media and was considered by some to be "the worst-kept secret" in the mobile industry. It wasn't a question of, "if," but "when?" Lee points out that even The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal referred to it as a sure thing, before finally being announced officially on January 11 — just two days after CES.

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By theapparition on 5/26/2011 12:05:19 PM , Rating: 5
Does anyone care about this?

RE: Seriously
By 91TTZ on 5/26/2011 12:21:10 PM , Rating: 3
Not at all.

RE: Seriously
By sprockkets on 5/26/2011 7:00:44 PM , Rating: 2
Then again, it does show us how Steve Jobs is such a douche bag meglomaniac, and how he turns an otherwise non-event into hype -er-drive.

*insert any phone here* is now available on a another network.


Holy F**king S**T, the iphone is on another US carrier! OMFG! Does it have a different chip??? Does it have more RAM? Did they tweak the camera!

F**K! IT'S IN WHITE!!!1!

RE: Seriously
By omnicronx on 5/26/2011 1:46:39 PM , Rating: 3
I found it interesting..

RE: Seriously
By tng on 5/26/2011 3:31:01 PM , Rating: 3
Does anyone care about this?

Tony S maybe Pirks....

Beyond that who cares really.....

RE: Seriously
By Lazarus Dark on 5/26/2011 6:35:41 PM , Rating: 2
"Like it or not, the Verizon iPhone deal ranks in the top mobile/wireless tech stories of the year so far"
Really? Cause I gotta say, I spend way too much time keeping up on tech news, and the Verizon iPhone was barely a blip on my screen. The only people who cared were iPhone owners sick of ATT's terrible service. So they got a better carrier, good for them. I don't think too many other people cared...

RE: Seriously
By MechanicalTechie on 5/26/2011 7:41:28 PM , Rating: 2
Hey it has something to do with Apple so you must be interested in it... come on get with the times!!! :)

How does that work?
By Solandri on 5/26/2011 12:48:13 PM , Rating: 5
And, in order to make sure the devices weren't lost or in the wrong hands, they required the staffers to text a secret 12-digit PIN to a dedicated phone number every 12 hours.

What, there's no app for that?

RE: How does that work?
By michael2k on 5/26/2011 3:44:25 PM , Rating: 2
There's an SMS program built into the iPhone that allows you to text to any phone number at any time.

RE: How does that work?
By sprockkets on 5/26/2011 7:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
There also are plenty of apple fan sites where you and your cult can enjoy your kool-aid and bask in the rays of Steve Jobs walled garden.

We Should I
By btc909 on 5/26/2011 12:36:11 PM , Rating: 4
Oooo should I dump my Thunderbolt because of this, emmmmm NO.

No way...really
By SpoonAndroid on 5/26/2011 1:28:36 PM , Rating: 3
I think I saw this on

"Yes! I CAN hear you now!!"
By Chaser on 5/26/2011 7:33:13 PM , Rating: 2
and my navigation just froze.


Digitimes -> DUH DUH DUH
By jah1subs on 5/27/2011 2:52:41 PM , Rating: 2
DUH DUH DUH had reports of manufacturers ramping up for a CDMA iPhone months before the announcement. Given Verizon's previous statements of interest, I assumed that the first CDMA carrier to get the CDMA iPhone had to be Verizon.


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