Apple producing CDMA iPhone by year end? Here we go again

It looks like Verizon might be getting the iPhone after all. Sources tell The Wall Street Journal that Apple will be producing a CDMA iPhone by the end of 2010 that would give Verizon the rights to sell it in early 2011. Externally, the phone would be identical to the one sold by AT&T. The main difference will be the wireless technology used: CDMA as opposed to GSM. GSM is the wireless technology that requires cell phone to have a SIM card to operate. Another big upgrade  might come in the form of LTE chips in the new CDMA iPhone. Verizon plans on rolling out LTE to two thirds of the US consumer base in a short amount of time, and if Verizon can make the iPhone their flagship LTE device as well, this could be a hugely profitable venture for Verizon. This would also mark the end of the years-long AT&T/Apple exclusivity deal that locked in iPhone owners to AT&T.

The same sources also leaked information about a possible iPhone 5. According to the information, it will have a totally different form factor than previous releases. There was no word as to when there would be an announcement regarding that release. Spokespeople for Apple, Qualcomm, and Verizon Wireless all declined to comment.

The Verizon iPhone saga has been going back and forth for quite some time now. This leak comes in the wake of Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg confirming that there would be no Verizon iPhone, and discoveries of iOS code showing that CDMA versions of the iPhone were being tested. This is by no means positive confirmation of anything, but Verizon customers can definitely consider re-crossing their fingers now. 

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Another sad part is the screen size of the phone. The size of the Droid X is sweet. Makes watching video and reading web pages a lot better. If it is true, I hope Apple makes the screen at least a 4".

Sad part is that Apple could produce an iTurd that does nothing more than stink and people would still flock to buy it. It is a really poor state of affairs when a company creates a cult mentality within its client base.

eh am happy with my droid, besides the iphone has too many needed features that already come with the droid, 1 turn by turn directions, voice to text, and the main option that i love to use send people directly to voicemail, oh wait theirs more like steve said porn

Hey everyone, just a tip: If you don't want the dumb rumor circulating in the news, don't click or comment on it :^)

It's best to show disinterest in this rumor by choosing just to ignore it.

this rumor seems to be around as much as that Apple Tablet rumor, and we saw how that one turned out... still waiting Apple..... err umm...

neufuse said,
this rumor seems to be around as much as that Apple Tablet rumor, and we saw how that one turned out... still waiting Apple..... err umm...

That's what the iPad is. Sorta. It just wasn't what we expected.

I think it boils down to this if AT&T / Apple want to be exclusive, Android going to be hyped up by Verizon constantly. If iphone comes to Verizon, they would advertise both.

I don't get the idea of we want x device to be #1, oh.... and were only sell on 1 of the top 2 carries, and ignore all the smaller ones.

At least Microsoft mentioned there only AT&T (and now TMobile?) at first but will have Cdma version next year upfront.

I was thinking about getting an Iphone if they came to verizon, but I like the Droid so much better now... Apple is too late...

Yea, annoying. Didnt the CEO just release a statement that this is not going to happen? Also, I dont see Apple going with the multimodel approach.

techbeck said,
Yea, annoying. Didnt the CEO just release a statement that this is not going to happen? Also, I dont see Apple going with the multimodel approach.

The WSJ isn't a blog so I'm sure they have a solid source. The CEO released a statement saying it isn't happening to keep the level of secrecy up.

Apple doesn't like to release details about a product until it is launched...

WSJ can be wrong, but this is their second time saying it is coming and they haven't back tracked on that. So I'm sure it is coming... Question is when?

Except that the CEO stated it during a shareholder's meeting, not really a good place to LIE. The fact of the matter is that just because Apple is producing a CDMA phone does not mean it's going to Verizon. Sprint is also a CDMA provider and already has a working 4G network. There are plenty of CDMA carriers around the globe, the WSJ is making a pretty large assumption.

one week its no verizon iphone, the next is that there is, the next is that there isn't
this is getting really old

Mathachew said,
The rumor that just. won't. DIE!
LOL Actually getting iPhone "4g" on Verizon would be a huge hit for Verizon because they are just about to roll out 4g. It'd be perfect timing for Verizon, if at all that happens.