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Analyst: Component issue delays Verizon iPhone plans

updated 02:35 pm EDT, Wed March 31, 2010

Device not expected until fourth quarter

Apple is allegedly facing delays bringing its rumored Verizon-branded iPhone to the market, according to Citigroup analyst Richard Gardner. The project has allegedly been pushed back due to a "manufacturing delay of several months in a key component."

Although the analyst initially expected a CDMA iPhone to launch in the third quarter of this year, it is now believed to be on-track for the fourth quarter or sometime early next year.

Other analysts, such as Kaufman Brothers' Shaw Wu, suggest the Verizon launch is inevitable but may be preceded by offerings on T-Mobile or Sprint. The delay is not said to be related to an extension of Apple's exclusivity agreement through AT&T.

Apple's Verizon plans, including the specific terms, remain unconfirmed. Despite the non-exclusive availability, Wu expects the carrier to face significantly higher subsidies than it typically pays to other handset makers.

By Electronista Staff
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  1. Wingsy

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2005


    Getting Old

    These rumors are getting old. I've got $100 that says Apple is not coming out with a Verizon CDMA phone EVER. Any takers?

    Wait... I have to specify "EVER" or you'll wind up never paying me. How about till Jan 2012?

  1. aristotles

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jul 2004


    Now there is a delay for a non-existent product?

    You have to love these analysts. They are not talking about a delay in a product that does not even exist.

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001



    It is amazing how CDMA is ancient and that Apple would never go to it, and yet Apple reportedly approached Verizon first about the iPhone.

    Of course, I'm sure if the iPhone was announced on Verizon, no one would have bought it, since CDMA is such a dead technology. Or would they all be saying now how CDMA will be around for a long time and it was smart for Apple not to shoot itself in the foot and limit it's potential user base by restricting the phone to just one carrier.

  1. coffeetime

    Senior User

    Joined: Nov 2006


    iPhone spreading

    If it's true, it must be a desperate move for Apple to beat Android. The beauty of competition.

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