Apple may Launch a CDMA iPhone with Qualcomm Chipset via Verizon; Asustek Subsidiary to Make the Device

Written By Sam on 9 October 2010

Internet rumors are catching on following a detailed report by the Wall Street Journal claiming that AT&T is about to “lose its lock on the iPhone” and also quoted “people familiar with the matter” as saying that “Apple is making a version of its iPhone that Verizon Wireless will sell early next year”. The report claims Apple’s new CDMA iPhone for Verizon will be released in the first quarter next year.

Analyzing Apple’s move, the WSJ noted that with the visible growth of Android phones in the US from mobile phone makers including Motorola and HTC, Apple is being forced to look for new avenues. At such a juncture, a tie-up with Verizon could enable Apple to add an estimated 10 million iPhone customers in the country. While Verizon has not negated the option of working together with Apple sometime in the future, the company did not reveal anything further. Apple has also been tight-lipped on the matter, refusing to comment on reports that are floating about the launch of a new CDMA iPhone via Verizon. If these reports hold any water, the move could give consumers more choice in terms of networks. Also, the move may pave the way for Apple to try a similar deal with Sprint Nextel as well; and even extend the CDMA iPhone to operators in countries like Japan, South Korea and Latin America later.

There are also reports claiming that the CDMA iPhone is being made by Pegatron Technology, a subsidiary of Taiwan’s Asustek Computer. Pegatron, however, has refused to confirm the news. Reliable Apple sources are reported to have revealed that Qualcomm is providing a key chip set for the new iPhone.

via iClarified

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