Pegatron About to Begin Building CDMA iPhone Verizon Hasn’t Yet Earned
Cue up those Verizon iPhone rumors once again: Industry sources are telling the occasionally reliable DigiTimes that Pegatron Technology will begin volume production of a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 in November. Within three months the Taiwanese hardware manufacturer will have built three million to four million iPhones, they say, adding that production should top 10 million by mid-2011.
Another Verizon (VZ) iPhone rumor to add to the pile, with a few caveats: Market source reports from Taiwanese trade publications like DigiTimes are sometimes dubious. Remarks by Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg this week suggest that the iPhone isn’t headed to the carrier’s network in the near future–certainly not as soon as this DigiTimes report suggests. “We would love to carry [the iPhone], but we have to earn it,” he said. “I can’t speak for Apple.”
That comment was widely interpreted to mean that Verizon hasn’t yet earned the right to carry the device. Which might be the case–unless this was simply a bit of misdirection from Seidenberg. In any event, the fact that Pegatron is said to be ramping up to build a CDMA iPhone doesn’t necessarily mean the device is destined for Verizon. As I’ve noted here before, it could be intended for Sprint (S)–or a foreign carrier like China Telecom, KDDI (Japan) or Telefonica (Mexico).