iPhone Coming to Verizon?

Rumor has it that an iPhone is coming to Verizon this summer or fall. PCWorld sums up the report, which first appeared in the Wall Street Journal:

According to the paper’s unnamed sources, Apple is developing two new iPhones–one that will debut this summer (presumably on AT&T), and one that features CDMA capability; the technology used by Verizon. Different companies are said to be developing the new iPhones. Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., the company that produced the previous iPhones, is reportedly manufacturing the one that will debut this summer, while Pegatron is believed to be responsible for the iPhone with CDMA capability.

Most U.S. mobile phones use one of two cellular network standards: CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) or GSM (Global System for Mobile communications). Verizon and Sprint both use CDMA, while AT&T and T-Mobile operate on GSM. GSM is the global standard for cellular networks.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a person “familiar with the situation” said that Pegatron is scheduled to start mass-producing the CDMA-equipped iPhones in September, though it’s unclear when they’ll be made available.

The Wall Street Journal didn’t name its sources, but has full “I told you so” rights if a Verizon iPhone actually does come out this summer. Verizon and Apple, of course, won’t confirm the rumors.

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