CES 2011 - No "I" Word From Verizon CEO

CEO Ivan Seidenberg

Today at CES’shigh-profile speech ofVerizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, the Apple "I” word was not mentioned once. That leaves all of Verizon wireless subscribers still asking the big question WHEN?

Instead the discussion focused on the new networked world.

"Young people are telling us around the planet that [connectivity] is like another skin, a way to extend themselves around the virtual space," Seidenberg said. "People want access to everything at their fingertips, no matter where they are or what they see. The opportunity for our industry is to deliver relevance, and no one can do that alone."

Today nearly 90% of American’s own a mobile phone. These mobile phone users are consuming more data that ever before as smartphones increase at a rapid rate.By 2015, smartphone ownership will surpass 80% in the U.S., up from 17% of the population today, research firms Frost &&& Sullivan and Forrester Research estimate.

Verizon Wireless did announce its new line of 4G LTE service-enabled mobile devices - 10 in all - to be released by mid-year 2011.Here they are:

HTC Thunder Bolt

HTC ThunderBolt – Exclusive to Verizon, the ThunderBolt comes fully integrated with Skype video chat and sports a 4.3-inch 800x480 resolution display.
LG Revolution – The smartphone that doubles as a mobile hotspot, the Revolution can share its 4G connection with up to 8 other devices.
DROID Bionic 4G – DROID in its 4G iteration boasts a 4.3-inch HD screen and HDMI connection.
Samsung 4G LTE Smartphone – Similar to Samsung's Galaxy S series, the Samsung 4G LTE phones come packed with a 4.3-inch "Super AMOLED Plus" touchscreen for a richer colors and longer battery life.
Motorola XOOM – Running the 3.0 version of the Android OS, Honeycomb, the Motorola XOOM tablet comes with a 10.1-inch HD screen and hotspot capability, connecting up to five other devices to its 4G sign.
4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab – The 4G version of Samsung's Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch enhanced TFT display with a 1024x600 WSVGA resolution as well as front and rear facing cameras with video chat capability.
Novatel MiFi 4510L Intelligent Mobile Hotspot – The Novatel MiFi hotspot will share 3G and 4G service to up to five other devices, and still fits in your pocket.
Samsung 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot – Samsung's mobile hotspot connects up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices to the 3G or 4G network.

Compaq CQ10-688nr – With a battery life of up to 8.5 hours, the Compaq CQ10 notebook sports an anti-glare widescreen LED display for maximum visibility.

HP Pavilion dm1-3010nr – Packed with AMD's new VISION Technology, the HP Pavilion uses less power, with an impressive 10.75-hour battery life.

So when will Verizon introduce the iPhone? it still remains a mystery. For now Verizon subscribers have two choices: get a Droid; or switch to AT&T if you want the iPhone.