You may recall that last month, we spread word of the scuttlebutt surrounding the possibility of a CDMA iPhone making a debut by the end of the year. At the time, Susquehanna Financial Group told us that a number of overseas suppliers had assured them that they’d been asked by Apple to meet the components necessary for a CDMA handset with a release date in early 2011.
Yesterday, Mac|Life’s Matthew Tillman brought us the news that Verizon wasn’t about to corroborate any rumors of any new Apple hardware on their network, stating that any iPhone news would come from Apple. It’s our normal practice to advise you not to look at an Apple rumor too closely, but with a non-denial coming from the apex of Verizon’s management, coupled with another credible source spinning the same yarn, it might be worth while to spend some time giving the possibility of a Apple-branded CDMA handset a long glazed-over stare.
In a story posted to the The Wall Street Journal yesterday and then updated overnight is correct, the Cupertino-based tech company is indeed setting the stage for the release of a CDMA version of the iPhone that will see a release in the first few months of the new year. According to “one person familiar with the matter,” Verizon has been dropping a lot of coin on their network to add capacity and is busy conducting vigorous tests on their existing hardware to ensure that the company’s cellular system can handle the heavy amount of data traffic that will no doubt come about with the introduction of the iPhone to their network.
Here’s hoping they’re right: Seeing the iPhone on networks other than AT&T will be nothing but win for smartphone hungry consumers, and will ensure that Apple can move forward with their hallmark product in the game-changing manner that we’ve become accustom to seeing from them.
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