People can't get enough of the Verizon iPhone. Such a device does not exist and probably won't for years (if ever) but that doesn't keep it from being the focus of conversation every few months. Today, AppleInsider reports that Apple may be working on an iPhone designed to work on China's proprietary TD-SCDMA network.
TD-SCDMA was designed as a "parallel" mobile infrastructure that could exist independently of Western tech and patents. China Mobile, who owns the spectrum, badly wants an iPhone to go along with their new network. CM has far more customers than China Unicom, the company Apple partnered with for their first Chinese iPhone launch. If Apple wants to expand their world market share even further, this has to be a deal they're looking seriously at.
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If Apple starts work on a TD-SCDMA iPhone, it will mark the first "non-global" version of the device ever. That would be a major shift in Apple's game plan, and it could signal that US CDMA networks are next in line for their very own iPhone. That, or Apple will wait until LTE becomes commonplace to make a truly universal smartphone.