A Verizon iPhone is coming soon. No, it’s not. Yes, it is. No, it’s not. Well, the latest version is that it’s not.
Verizon Wireless spokesman John Johnson said during an interview with Beet.TV at All Things Digital’s D conference that the company has “no plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future,” reports the “Silicon Valley Business Journal” (http://sanjose.bizjournals.com/sanjose/stories/2010/05/31/daily41.html?ana=yfcpc).
Last month “TheStreet” (http://www.thestreet.com/story/10769660/1/apple-verizon-iphone-set-for-holidays.html?kval=dontmiss) reported that Apple has bumped up its iPhone production plans, which include a Verizon iPhone that will be available for the holidays. Rodman Renshaw analyst Ashok Kumar, who has been monitoring the production plans in Asia, said Apple has asked its supply and manufacturing partners to prepare for a production rate of four million iPhones a month by September, a 25% increase.
The company has also told its manufacturing partner Asustek to plan on starting full-scale production of a CDMA version of the iPhone to be available at Verizon as early as November, the analyst adds. Most pundits think that a Verizon iPhone is inevitable and just a matter of time. However, the general consensus is that it will be 2011 before we see such a device.