Report: Pegatron wins Apple contract for CDMA iPhone

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“A Taiwan newspaper is reporting that Apple has awarded a contract for building a CDMA iPhone to Pegatron Technologies,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.

“The report comes from DigiTimes, which has an uneven track record on Apple in general, but a slightly better batting average when discussing the details of manufacturing contracts,” McLean reports.

“In February, DigiTimes announced Pegatron had won the contract for building the expected next generation UMTS iPhone 4,” McLean reports.

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Andrew W” for the heads up.]

20 Comments

  1. @ freefromdesign

    It’s not a “problem” if Apple has a one carrier strategy in the U.S. and other large markets “by design” (which it does). And iPhone sales growth has been spectacular with this strategy. Selling twice as many by having a Verizon iPhone from day one would have over-stressed Apple’s capability to support the iPhone customer base. And it would have lowered profit per unit, since ATT is paying a high cost to have their current exclusivity. Plus having two different iPhone designs on two different network types would have significantly increased development, testing, and operational expenses.

    Whether this rumor is true or not, I have a feeling the eventual introduction of a Verizon iPhone will be timed with the opening of Apple’s huge new NC data center. There will be new services, capabilities, and data capacity to support a surge of new iPhone users.

  2. Though Tmobile is horrid.. I could see them contracting the iphone to them before they go to sprint or verizon… Then Apple can distribute more assuming tmobile can afford to match the price of AT&T;for subsidy.. which im sure they would absolutely do immediately and offer better plans. Just a thought.

  3. It’s not of matter of if, but when.

    Verizon is the largest mobile carrier in the US and their network is state-of-the-art, and I believe Apple could easily acquire ten percent of Verizon’s customers in the first year.

    A recent 4,000-person survey conducted by ChangeWave, polled Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile customers about whether or not they would buy an iPhone if it were offered by its carrier.

    19% on Verizon said, “very likely”. That represents 17 mln new iPhone users!

    Imagine the “halo” effect the iPhone would yield on Verizon?

    It would mean a huge boost in collateral sales on the App Store and iTunes.

    We’re talking billions in sales being added to Apple’s bottom line.

    Not to mention the impact on Verizon’s network. I can hear all the Android fan boys now screaming about the giant sucking sound of millions of iPhones overwhelming the network.

    When performance and service comparisons are finally made between AT&T’s and Verizon’s networks using the iPhone as the bench standard, consumers will finally have useful information, leading to well-informed decisions going forward.

    To all those who have said, Apple wouldn’t waste their time manufacturing a CDMA version of iPhone, I say you’re wrong. I can think of 17-million reasons why it makes sense. I believe Apple has had a CDMA version in the works since day-one, but for legal reasons kept a lid on it.

    Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Arm-based chip-set is a hybrid, offering CDMA and GSM in the same phone and, it only adds dimes to the cost of the iPhone. If Apple can make Rosetta work for the Mac, they could easily develop something to close the gap for a CDMA version of iPhone running software designed specifically for the current iPhone.

    Regardless of the perceived “insults” from Verizon, including their latest taunting about a supposed Google/Verizon tablet device, nothing I’ve heard or seen so far, is enough to get under the thick skin of Steve Jobs, who has withstood some frightening stuff in his career.

    We haven’t forgotten, he chose Verizon first, and that speaks volumes; he’s always looked upon Verizon as the ideal proving ground.

    We know he does his homework and I doubt his first impression has changed all that much. I also believe he left Verizon’s offices that day thinking you’ll beg before I come back, a replay of his return to Apple. Not quite on the same scale, however, not everybody can be swayed by his charm and require proof before making a commitment.

    Verizon is now ready to make that commitment. So too, will Sprint and T-Mobile.

    Steve Jobs will be lauded unmercifully by the media, the iPad will be his swan song and he’ll step down from Apple, withdrawing to a life of consultancy. In a quiet moment of reflection, he’ll smile to himself and say, I won.

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