Apple submits CDMA chipset orders to Qualcomm; iPhone 4 headed to Verizon

It seems like every week we have another Verizon iPhone 4 rumor but this time, there is plenty of evidence that Verizon hopefully (and AT&T soon-to-be defectors) have been waiting to hear. According to a report on TechCrunch, Qualcomm, the largest CDMA chipset manufacturer in the world, has received chipset orders from Apple most likely destined for Verizon. Not long ago, Bloomberg said that it has confirmed with two of their sources who are working on the project, that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon in January 2011. Bloomberg goes on to say that the iPhone exclusivity will end at the same time that the iPhone goes on sale on Verizon.

Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December. This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).

Our own sources indicated last October, that indeed a Verizon branded iPhone was being tested. Our only question is this: will Apple/Verizon provide a dual-band CDMA/LTE iPhone coming at the end of this year/or January 2011? A dual banded LTE/CDMA iPhone 4 seems as a more logical approach since LTE SIM cards were spotted on Engadget with a rumored launch date around November 15th. In addition, waiting until January 2011 makes no sense whatsoever. Why would both Verizon and Apple wait until after the holidays (if the contract with AT&T was renegotiated to expire in the Holiday season) and miss the biggest sales season of the year and launch a phone when everyone is broke? Expect to see the Verizon branded iPhone 4 advertised sometime before Christmas.

[via TechCrunch, Bloomberg , Engadget and FoneFrenzy]


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About Tony P
Connoisseur of all that is Mobile Tech.

2 Responses to Apple submits CDMA chipset orders to Qualcomm; iPhone 4 headed to Verizon

  1. darth storm says:

    Hells to the fuckin yes!

  2. ken says:

    “Why would both Verizon and Apple wait until after the holidays (if the contract with AT&T was renegotiated to expire in the Holiday season) and miss the biggest sales season of the year and launch a phone when everyone is broke?”

    This is why I say bull on this being true.

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