Rumors of a Verizon-compatible iPhone have been percolating for some time, no doubt driven by disgruntled AT&T converts who yearn for their carrier of choice. If you’re one of those unwilling exiles, the Wall Street Journal bears glad tidings: you might be able to come home in the relatively near future–although maybe not in time for Apple’s annual iPhone refresh this summer.
The WSJ reports that a CDMA iPhone is slated to enter the manufacturing process by September 2010, courtesy of Taiwanese manufacturer Petragon Corp. CDMA (short for Code Division Multiple Access) is the wireless technology protocol used by Verizon Wireless, as well as several other large mobile carriers in Japan, Korea and Brazil.
The new CDMA model would run in tandem with the existing line of iPhones, which work on AT&T and many other GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) carriers world-wide. The WSJ also reports that these iPhones will be revved by this summer with a thinner profile and a faster processor.
It stands to reason that Apple would want to gain access to Verizon’s 90 million subscribers now that the iPhone is an established product. It’s also unlikely that the House of Jobs has much more to gain from its exclusive relationship with AT&T, which now needs Apple far more than Apple needs it.
If true, this is fantastic news for iPhone app developers, who are always on the lookout for opportunities to reach new customers. Would you switch back to Verizon if the iPhone became available on that network? Let us know in the comments.
[from WSJ Online]