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Verizon To Sell CDMA iPhone In Early 2011

Apple's iPhone smartphone will be available to run on Verizon Wireless's CDMA network in early 2011.

Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple has ordered Taiwan's Pegatron Technology to start manufacturing CDMA iPhones, which will be rolled out by Verizon next year, ending the exclusivity deal with AT&T.

Apple's decision to diversify to other wireless carriers in the US understandable as Google's Android is threatening to surpass iOS in terms of market share.

A recent study has already found that Android-based devices are already more popular that RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iOS.

According to industry experts, if a Verizon iPhone is released, it will be able to add another 10 million users to the iOS ecosystem, effectively reducing the threat posed by Android devices.

WSJ also said that Apple was developing a new version of its iconic iPhone device - the fifth-generation iPhone, set to have different features than the existing smartphone models.