They have cited factors such as the blacked out employee vacation requests between February 3rd and 6th, and the trend of Verizon announcements on Thursdays to conclude that it is indeed going to be February 3rd when we will finally get to see AT&T lose its iPhone exclusivity to Verizon in US.
Back in June of last year, Apple picked the dates of 24th to the 27th for its iPhone 4 weekend launch — also a Thursday through Sunday. In addition, VerizonWireless typically launches new devices on Thursdays. While BGR has not yet confirmed that the Verizon iPhone is the device we’ll see debut on the 3rd, the timing lines up very well with previous reports; no other Apple products have been rumored to be launching in this time frame.
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