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WSJ: Verizon iPhone to go on sale early next year

Apple is planning to start mass production of a CDMA-compliant iPhone by the end of the year, according to a new report. Citing people briefed by Apple, the Wall Street Journal reports that the timing of the production ramp-up would allow Verizon Wireless to offer the phone in the first quarter of 2011. The new iPhone is said to be similar in design to the current iPhone 4, and will use a Qualcomm chip. The report goes on to state that Apple is also developing a new fifth-generation iPhone model that will feature a different form factor than the iPhone 4, although it is unknown how soon that version would be available to Verizon.

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1

Don’t hold your breath, but that will be nice to see a choice of carriers in the US.

Posted by Dr Love on October 6, 2010 at 11:46 AM (PDT)

2

Wouldn’t surprise me to see a 3g version launch on Verizon before adding a 4g LTE version a little later.  Apple likes to keep you wanting more.

Posted by cgar on October 6, 2010 at 1:03 PM (PDT)

3

Well sweet now there’s a choice in carriers…except that the other choice is Verizon. Woo.

Posted by Kei Dub on October 6, 2010 at 4:50 PM (PDT)

4

I agree with cgar… a CDMA version will launch in the first quarter… but who’s to say a revamped chassis and 4G version are released this coming June like the past 3 years? I’ll hold out just a little while longer to see how the VZ network performs and to see if a 4G unit arrives in June 2011.

Posted by BlueHUE in Nebraska on October 6, 2010 at 7:53 PM (PDT)

5

I still struggle with this. Why would Apple release a device that is probably going to be outdated in, what, the next year? I like Verizon (more than AT&T, anyways), but this move doesn’t make sense to me, unless Apple intends to offer it as the “scaled down” version of the phone when they release the next iteration in June.

If it doesn’t have 4G…it might be time to switch over to an Android phone. Apple can’t afford to update their product line once a year and leave out features when it’s got strong competition.

Posted by Dave on October 7, 2010 at 10:46 AM (PDT)

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