If you look at the bb release trends in the past by the major carriers in the past, it will reveal to you that Verizon and Sprint/Nextel eventually release the larger form factor devices. It would be foolish for these carriers not to carry the 8700 eventually. That is the hottest product in the market. I imagine it is only a matter of time. Noting that Cingular has always carried first carried the new releases and then followed by the other US carriers, it would be safe to assume that 8700 is on the way...the carriers obviously are probably aware by that the demand for 8700 on a CDMA network is growing. My best guess is that there would be CDMA 8700 release by Verizon and then by Sprint in late Q2 or early Q3. RIM is currently in Q1...their 4th quarter ended in March some time.
Sorry about all the verbal barf!