The New York Times is reporting that the much vaulted rumor that Apple was working on a CDMA iPhone that would work on Verizon's network isn't just a rumor, but is in fact in the late planning stages. According to the New York Time's source, someone in "...direct contact with Apple," Verizon will begin offering the iPhone early next year. The NY Times article gives the primary reason for the apparent change in heart due to a couple of market forces. First, the increasing market share of Android phones. Second, reports that many Verizon customers have said they would drop their Android phone for an iPhone if Verizon got the iPhone. Third, Windows Mobile 7 is about to be released.
All three are valid concerns, and to be fair the New York Times isn't the first to report that Verizon would be getting the iPhone early next year; last week the Wall Street Journal reported the same.
It's not hard to see why Apple might release the iPhone on a CDMA network. It would give them access to Verizon's cellular network, the largest cellular network in the United States. It would also open up additional markets in other parts of the world that are more heavily dependent on CDMA instead of GSM. Currently the iPhone only works on GSM.
In any event, don't hold your breath. One rumor after another has predicted Verizon would get the iPhone, and year after year many have been disappointed by the continuing exclusivity of AT&T and GSM. [ad#468x60 Banner]
It should be noted that both Apple and Verizon declined to comment to the New York Times. Before you don't buy that shinny new iPhone 4, these rumors have existed since before the iPhone was released. Bare that in mind before making any decision.