Google and Verizon getting cozy?

I haven't seen this mentioned yet, but does anyone else find it amusing that Google has partnered w/ Verizon for LTE coverage on the Pixel? I know they used Verizon in the past, but it's interesting to see that they're leveraging LTE from them, since Verizon compatibility is absent from all new Nexus products.

I would say it's just a CDMA thing, but other Chromebooks use Verizon 3G w/out a problem. Any chance we'll see the Nexus 4 come out w/ Verizon LTE, sold on the Google Play store?