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Today in Unverified Apple-Verizon News

The drumbeat of reports pointing to an impending Verizon iPhone launch is getting louder.

Which doesn’t mean that it’s true. Just that there’s a lot of drumming going on.

Still, for the record: Apple blogger John Gruber reports that Apple is doing advanced testing on a CDMA version of the iPhone–the kind of testing it would need to bring the phone to Verizon’s (VZ) wireless network.

Even if you take Gruber’s word for it, the existence of CDMA test units doesn’t make a Verizon deal a foregone conclusion. It’s possible, for instance, that the phones are designed with other CDMA carriers in mind–like Sprint (S), China Telecom or SK Telecom (SKM).

But the story does fit nicely with other reports pointing to an impending iPhone/Verizon launch, perhaps in January. Stories we’ve heard all year long, but have been hearing more frequently in the past few days.

I’ve asked Apple PR reps for their take. I’m not planning on hearing back, but if I do I will dutifully update. UPDATE: Apple declines to comment.

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