The talk for a while now has been that additional US mobile carriers were gearing up to offer the Apple iPhone. Up until now, however, those reports have yet to come to fruition and the iPhone ahs remained the sole domain of AT&T.
Recently, however, talk has picked up that a new version of the iPhone was being planned for the CDMA network offered by Verizon. A report in the Wall Street Journal claims that Apple and its suppliers are gearing up to churn out a batch of CDMA-enabled iPhones.
The major CDMA carriers in the US are Verizon and Sprint. Rumors of an iPhone on Verizon have long been circulating, and our own sources, who have been reliable in the past, are suggesting a launch on Verizon in the early weeks of 2011.
Apple is as hard to predict as any company, but all signs are currently pointing to a 2011 expansion for the iPhone.
If iPhone is subsidising the handset at a level anywhere near that of AT&T Apple will stand to benefit in the long run, but could news of an impending move to Verizon hurt holiday sales for the iPhone? There has been plenty of grumbling about AT&T's network and its handling of iPhone traffic which gives good reason to believe that users who believe the iPhone will come to Verizon in 2011 will hold off on purchasing a handset on contract until the carrier is added to the mix.
Would a move to Verizon have the side-effect of curbing holiday sales for the iPhone and cutting into the highly-important 4th quarter sales figures?
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