WSJ: Apple to produce a new Verizon-friendly iPhone this yearThe Wall Street Journal reports that Apple plans to begin producing a new iPhone this year that is compatible with U.S. phone carriers other than AT&T, like Verizon Wireless and Sprint.
The Journal, quoting "people briefed by the company," says the new iPhone would use the CDMA wireless network technology. The iPhone currently uses only GSM technology, which is compatible with most carriers worldwide, including AT&T.
If so, that would end AT&T's exclusive 3-year arrangement with AT&T.
The article says Apple declined comment and quotes AT&T as saying "only Apple knows" when a new iPhone might be developed.
Larry Dignan, the editor in chief of ZDNet, writes that even this hint of a move by iPhone to Verizon "could freeze smartphone upgrades" as customers await developments.
The reports boosted stock prices early for Apple and Verizon, and pushed AT&T lower.
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