Apple is preparing to launch a CDMA version of its iPhone 4 smartphone capable of running on Verizon's network in March next year, a research analyst has informed.
According to Computer World, an analyst working at research firm Gleacher & Co Brian Marshall has cited Asian parts suppliers, which claim that Apple is working hard to launch the new iPhone on Verizon's network.
Marshall also said that Apple is not only partnering with Verizon but also other international carriers that use a CDMA network in order to push the iPhone into a broader international market.
"It won't be just for Verizon," he said. "There are international carriers that use CDMA, like KDDI in Japan, so I expect that Apple will make a big global push, not only in the U.S."
Marshall predicted that Apple will sell an additional 11.5 million iPhone units when it partners with Verizon, but suggested that the move will have no significant impact on the sale of AT&T's GSM iPhone model.