The Street points us to a research note from analyst Ashok Kumar who anticipates a CDMA version of the iPhone hitting stores as early as November, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Apple has asked its supply and manufacturing partners to prepare for a production rate of 4 million iPhones a month by September, a 25% increase, says Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has been monitoring the production plans in Asia.
The Mac maker has also told its manufacturing partnerAsustek to plan on starting full-scale production of a CDMA version of the iPhone to be available at Verizon as early as November, Kumar says. The report is yet another confirmation of Apple’s long-awaited Verizon iPhone, which still awaits final approval from the two companies that have not always seen eye-to-eye.
Over the past few weeks, the noise regarding the iPhone coming to Verizon has gotten increasingly louder. In early May, reports surfaced that an ad agency working for Verizon was already in the planning stages of an iPhone campaign to launch later this summer. This was soon followed by reports that Verizon was planning to upgrade its CDMA network with technological enhancements which would allow it to handle data and voice connections concurrently. As it stands now, users on Verizon are unable to browse the Internet while on a call. And most recently, there have also been speculative reports that the iPhone may hit Sprint sometime in the Fall.
In the interest of objectivity, note that the above report comes from Scott Moritz and The Street.com, two entities that lack a great track record when it comes to truthful and honest reporting. Still, the iPhone on Verizon will happen eventually, the only variable here is time.