Verizon Wireless Prepared For iPhone Launch

Verizon Wireless is gearing up for the launch of the CDMA iPhone by beefing up its network to cope with the increased data load.

According to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal, the company is preparing to offer unlimited data plans to iPhone users when the device is launched at a later date.

The unlimited data plans look set to give the company an extra edge over US rival AT&T, which has so far restricted data use to its iPhone customers.

Since Apple first launched the device on AT&T's network, users have complained of bad data coverage and poor customer service as the wireless carrier struggled to cope with the massive data payload created by iPhone users.

Verizon Wireless is expected to announce the availability of the iPhone on its network at a press event on Tuesday and the company seems confident that its network will be able to handle any amount of iPhone-created data.

Company Chief Executive Ivan G. Seidenberg had said in an interview in November: “Whether they are iPhones or Droids, they are smartphones. Regardless of the mix, we are prepared to carry more data.”