Verizon iPhone: Announcement coming on January 11

After a flurry of news at CES, Verizon has one more card up its sleeve -- a big one -- and it will reveal it on Tuesday, January 11, 2011. Is it the Apple iPhone?

Updated: Verizon this afternoon sent to a select group of press an invite for an event in New York City on Tuesday, January 11, days after the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show comes to a close.

Does the Apple iPhone cometh? You bet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Verizon Wireless will announce its CDMA iPhone.

Verizon instructed recipients to keep the invitation under their hats, so to speak, but AllThingsD's John Paczkowski defied their request, thus opening the floodgates to murmurs around the web.

In fairness, here's my invite:

Note the swanky location -- New York's Lincoln Center is where the ballet and opera call home -- and the inherent suggestion that there's more news. That news is the iPhone.

Considering the incredible amount of news the carrier generated during CES -- read more here, here, here, here and here -- it's a little unusual that such a high-profile event would follow an already major press effort this week from the company. (Which this year not only had its own stuffed-to-the-gills press conference, but a keynote address.)

I guess the iPhone is a big deal, no?

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