According to a report on the Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to release an iPhone that runs on CDMA network technology that could end AT&T’s exclusivity on the device in the United States. To make a long story short, the iPhone may be coming to Verizon.
If the rumor is true, it doesn’t look like Apple is going to completely screw AT&T… At least not initially. The fourth generation iPhone is still expected to come out this summer on AT&T as usual. Pegatron Technology Corp, the manufacture of the CDMA iPhone, isn’t expected to start mass producing the device until September.
A fall release of a Verizon iPhone may keep a few people from getting the new AT&T model in the summer, however, the company that will really suffer from this is not AT&T… It is Research in Motion. Fall and winter are usually dominated by BlackBerry sales as RIM generally releases several devices, however, throwing a Verizon iPhone into the mix could make for a long cold winter for RIM.