The Wall Street Journal has reported that Cupertino based Apple Inc. is developing a new CDMA version of its popular iPhone device, which will be able to run on the networks of US wireless service providers Verizon and Sprint.
The report indicates that Apple has decided to share the iPhone with service providers other than AT&T, which has been the exclusive network provider for the iPhone ever since it was launched. As of now, the current version of the iPhone only works with GSM network, somewhat restricting the user base of the popular phone.
Wall Street Journal, citing some sources familiar with the company's plans, wrote that “The people briefed on the matter said one of the new iPhones is being manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., which produced Apple's previous iPhones.”
It also reported that the CDMA iPhones, which may soon be available on Verizon, are being manufactured by Pegatron Technology Corp, which also manufactures hardware for ASUSTeK Computer Inc and many others.
Industry watchers believe that the reason Apple decided to include CDMA iPhones in its portfolio is due to the fact that the reports of delayed calls, text messages and dead zones with AT&Ts wireless network have been increasing in the past couple of months.
Apple will need to keep up the momentum and one of the easiest way it can do it is by expanding the number of networks that sell the phone in the US. Currently only AT&T stocks the phone while in the UK, there are four mobile network operators offering the iPhone.