Verizon prepares for iPhone? Don't believe the headlines

A Business Week headline might have you thinking that Verizon is gearing up for the iPhone. That's not quite the case once you read the actual story.

You've got to love the headline on the Business Week piece that went live last night: "Verizon Wireless Prepares for the iPhone." Talk about enticing readers to click.

Unfortunately, the piece is not what you expect. The companies haven't cut a deal that has Verizon working overtime to prepare for the device's arrival. Likewise, Verizon's CTO - who who talked to Business Week for this story - didn't even suggest that a deal is coming.

Plain and simple, he said that the network is ready for the amount of traffic that iPhone users might put on a network. That's a nice little jab at AT&T, which clearly was not ready for the demands and has taken a public relations beating because of it.

Right about now, I could go into some rant about how the iPhone is great device and that the shoddy service from AT&T has held it back. I could go off about the back-and-forth spat - which included a lawsuit - over 3G network maps for AT&T and Verizon. I could even bring up the fact that Verizon made a splashy announcement over its partnership with Google and how Google's Android is becoming a strong competitor to the iPhone.

But I've written all of that already.

If there was actual news of a Verizon-Apple deal to report, you can rest assured that I'd be chasing that Business Week story to get more details on the deal. But that's not the case here. I suspect that the editors at BW were just looking for some headlines to lure people in before they completely check out for the holidays.

I know how that can be.

Also see: Analyst: The iPhone's next carrier is likely T-Mobile, not Verizon

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