Apple to Introduce Two New iPhoneBy Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Monday, March 29, 2010
Apple is working two new CDMA iPhones and one of them is supposed to be introduced in the market this summer. Carriers other than AT & T will be able to sell the gadget. The wireless network CDMA is used by the companies like Verizon and Sprint. But, AT & T and most of the global carriers use GSM technology. AT&T has over 43% smart-phone customers in US, compared with 23% customers for Verizon. Additionally, Apple plans to bring a new version of its current iPhone this summer. The model is expected to be thinner and have a faster processor, two people familiar with the device said.
Some people of the company outlined that the new GSM iPhone will be manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., that produced Apple’s previous iPhones. The CDMA iPhone model will be made by Pegatron Technology Corp., the subsidiary of Taiwan’s ASUSTeK Computer Inc., said these people. Pegatron is scheduled to produce CDMA iPhones in September.
Verizon expressed publicly its interest for CDMA iPhone. The company is upgrading its network for better technology. According to research firm Bernstein & Co., once the iPhone is available through Verizon, which has over 91 million customers, and potentially other CDMA carriers, it will open up a new market. In 2009, iPhone sales went up 83% globally to 25.1 million, which outnumber the 20% to 25% growth in smart phones overall sales.
As per analysts, AT&T pays Apple more than $600 per phone, but sells those phones for $199 or less. Heavy iPhone users also put too much load on AT&T’s wireless network that pushes the carrier to a breaking point in some places like New York and San Francisco.