The Verge puts the “flimsy” in flimsy rumor

During Verizon’s recent Q2 financial conference call, CFO Fran Shammo answered a few questions. One attendee asked for Shammo’s opinion on why customers hesitated to upgrade in the previous quarter. Shammo’s general, non-commital answer included the following:

“of course there’s always that, uh, rumor mill out there with a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter, so people may be waiting.”

He said “a new phone.” Verizon Wireless carries lots of phones, yet the Verge jumps right to “iPhone”:

“CFO Fran Shammo let some information slip out about the next iPhone launch. “

No, he didn’t. The Verge continues:

“While there’s a chance that he was referring to the next Nexus phone…”

I agree with you there.

“…this felt more like a thinly-veiled reference to the oft-rumored ‘new iPhone.'”

No, it doesn’t. It feels like a corporate executive being appropriately evasive during a public Q&A. Besides, it doesn’t matter what it feels like. All we have is a COO saying that the “rumor mill” and “a new phone coming out there in the fourth quarter” likely prevented some of his customers from upgrading last quarter. That’s it.

Apple’s iPad push for the holidays

Verizon has announced its intention to begin selling the iPad in retail stores on October 28th (bundled with the MiFi 2200). AT& T will do the same, adding to the growing list of US iPad vendors:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • Best Buy
  • Micro Center
  • Apple

The iPad is now available from 6 third-party vendors. I believe that’s a first for a piece of Apple hardware, and will put the iPad physically in front of a huge number of holiday shoppers.

Very nearly confirmed

Last May, John Biggs at CrunchGear claimed that a wholly unsubstantiated rumor “…very nearly confirms a Verizon launch of the iPhone at the end of the summer.”

Now that we’re 15 days from September, we can say no, it didn’t.