We knew there was no way that Apple would build a new version of the iPhone for just one company.
Part of the issue of the iPhone finally coming to Verizon was its requirement that it had to be CDMA compatible. As we wondered when this was announced if it would be possible to see the popular phone end up on other CDMA carriers such as Sprint, it seems that a least some companies in other countries are going to benefit from this new model.
According to Electronista, Apple only used its biggest contractor, Foxconn, to build the Verizon units, but it is using its newest contractor, Pegatron, to launch versions of the phone in Asian countries. So far the potential carriers look to be:
- China – China Telecom
- Japan – KDDI
- South Korea – SK Telecom
There is also some chance that India will be getting more units on the Reliance and Tata networks.
We’ll see if this all comes to fruition, but I would say it’s a safe bet at this point that Apple plans to get the iPhone on to as many networks as it possibly can. As we said the other day, this is about the only thing the company can do to hope to compete with the growth of the Android operating system.
No timeline was mentioned as to when we might see any of these announcements or launches happen.