A buddy of mine who works at Verizon casually mentioned to me this evening that his company is in talks with Apple to offer a product sometime next year. He claimed that it is likely not an Verizon iPhone equivalent but rather another product entirely (tablet!). Also, he claimed that there is a high likelyhood that it will have the hardware capability to run on Verizon's upcoming 4G data network, on which he was briefed. Him being just a regional manager with access to this information indicates that Apple isn't trying too hard to keep this partnership under wraps. However, I wouldn't expect any of these guys to have any product info. But this is revealing in itself - we should expect to see an announcement from Apple early next year. The cats out of the bag!