Report: Apple Orders CDMA iPhones, Maybe for Verizon

March 30, 2010

Apple is working to develop a CDMA version of the iPhone that could be marketed by Verizon Wireless, according to a report.

The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that Apple is working with Pegatron Technology to develop a CDMA version of the iPhone that could be mass produced by September. A second version of the iPhone is also under development by Hon Hai.

As the Journal noted, that Apple is working on another iPhone is not really a secret; the company has refreshed its iPhone lineup every June or July. Reports of a Verizon-branded iPhone surfaced in 2009, when a report by USA Today came up with a similar conclusion. The paper also reported that the two sides had talked in 2005 about a similar partnership.

The paper did not reveal any other features of either phone.

At the time, however, neither Apple nor Verizon seemed warm to the concept of a CDMA phone; instead, both companies seemed to indicate that any Verizon phone would use Verizon’s upcoming LTE network.

“There has been lots of incorrect speculation on CDMA iPhones for a long time. We haven’t seen one yet and only Apple knows when that might occur,” said an AT&T spokesman, according to the Journal.

Apple iPhone users have been notoriously dissatisfied with AT&T’s network coverage, enough that AT&T committed to spending an additional $2 billion this year to improve its network coverage, even as the iPhone swelled its subscriber ranks Apple took note, even as Apple recently said it would sell an iPhone without the need for a contract. That phone is still locked to AT&T’s network, however.


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