The Wall Street Journal broke a rumor late yesterday that got global exposure. We already mentioned it earlier in this iPhone 2010 report.
The main point of the WSJ report is that Apple would be offering a Verizon iPhone this year. The Verizon iPhone rumor is around since a long time. The rumors of an Verizon Wireless iPhone range from an iPhone 4G that is going to work on the next generation Verizon LTE network to just a CDMA version of the current iPhone.
Verizon said back in April of 2009 that they see the iPhone on their 4G network in 2010. Now things are not really moving so fast with the LTE roll-out, but it is possible that an iPhone 4G would be launched early to take the wind out of the HTC Evo 4G announced by Sprint. The HTC Evo will be the first 4G handset in the US, but also Sprint's 4G network is not that big yet. (See this 4G backgrounder). So, is it more likely now that Apple is working on a CDMA iPhone, because the WSJ reported it? We will not know for sure for another couple of months.
For Apple the biggest gain in U.S. iPhone sales can only come from opening up the carrier lock. In the WSJ article, Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi is quoted with an estimate that Apple nearly could double the number of iPhone users in the U.S. with an Verizon iPhone.
Apple is seen to unveil the new iPhone 2010 in June. More iPhone 2010 News.
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