Verizon iPhone 4G: Not in 2010 or 2011

It doesn’t look like consumers are going to see the often-rumored Verizon iPhone any time before 2012, now that Apple has apparently gone on record to confirm that the original deal they signed with AT&T for the iPhone exclusivity back in 2007 was in fact a five year deal.

Unless of course, Verizon Wireless manage to jump through some legal hoops to make it happen. According to a report at Engadget, court documents that were filed by Apple in a California class-action suit, confirm that the original AT&T exclusivity deal had 5-year duration.

The suit, which has reportedly been ongoing since 2007, claims that both Apple and AT&T were exerting a monopoly over iPhone service, by surreptitiously locking iPhone consumers into renewing their AT&T contracts once their initial 2 years were up.

On the flip side of things however, there are several reasons why such a contract may be amended or canceled. Taking this into account, it’s not exactly a total given that the iPhone won’t appear on another carrier before the year 2012, although it will require tricky negotiation.

Do you think we’ll actually see the iPhone come to another carrier before 2012? Let us know your views.