Rumored Verizon blackout dates line up with rumored September 21 iPhone 5 launch date

Verizon is rumored to be blacking out vacation days starting Friday, September 21, 2012. If that date sounds familiar, it's because back in July iMore learned Apple was planning to announce the next iPhone on September 12 and launch it on September 21. Coincidence? Not according to Jordan Crook at TechCrunch.

A trusted Verizon employee has just confirmed to TechCrunch that the carrier is having an all-staff vacation blackout from the dates of Friday, September 21 to September 30. You know what that means, right? The next iPhone, whether it’s called the iPhone 5 or simply the new iPhone, will almost certainly be available in stores (with lines wrapping around the back of them) starting Friday, September 21.

As mentioned earlier today, the iPhone 5 will be a really big deal for Verizon, as it will likely give them an LTE 4G device, which is lightyears ahead of the CDMA-bound one they have now.

So, if accurate, Verizon is absolutely going to want to have everything prepped and ready for what might just be their biggest phone launch ever.

Source: TechCrunch

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  • The photo for this post is awesome! Keep up the good work iMore!
  • Won't be long lines at carrier stores because most will preorder. Only those with no life will wait and camp out at an apple store.
  • Is not that easy to beat At&t, Lte is not much different from 3g for viewing webpages and youtube videos. The differences are at downloading big files, 300 mb or more and i doubt that iphone users, will download films with their iphone, unless they jailbreak and have unlimited plans.
  • On Verizon the population with this phone AND unlimited will not be huge as you would have to buy at full retail or off market to keep your unlimited. Unless VZW crimps down further as of the 12th.
  • Credit card ready. Pre-order, pick up at store Friday morning.