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Foxconn plans new iPhone factory, sparks CDMA iPhone talk

updated 11:05 am EDT, Mon August 2, 2010

Foxconn spends 100m on dedicated iPhone factory

Foxconn is building a new factory dedicated primarily to iPhone production in what could be a sign of Apple's expansion to other US carriers, reports from China's Xinhua News Agency claimed on Monday. The plant, which will start construction later this month, will be handled by the local subsidiary Futaihua Precision Electronics and already has workers. Over 500 workers are already producing iPhones on a rented line at another factory, the media outlet said.

The need for the factory wasn't immediately made apparent, but the demand for iPhones by itself may play a role. Apple has easily passed previous records with the iPhone launch and is likely to overtake its previous records with the iPhone 4 without changing its existing carrier arrangements.

However, it comes as Apple is already rumored to be significantly expanding its production plans to add support for other networks. ASUS' former manufacturing arm Pegatron is rumored to be starting CDMA iPhone production this month to cater to demand for a Verizon launch as well as possible launches at Sprint, China Telecom and other CDMA networks. A T-Mobile iPhone is also a possibility for a second GSM version.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    -1

    iPhone 4 = FAIL!!!!

    oh noes the iPhone 4 is DOOOOOOOMED due to the Grip of Reception Deathâ„¢!!!

    And Microsoft Windows Mobile 7 will totally be an iPhone killer!

    And Android is leaving iPhone in the dust!

    Oh, wait...

  1. testudo

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    Joined: Aug 2001

    -1

    No!

    Apple can't make a CDMA iPhone. We all know it (a) is completely fiscally irresponsible, and (b) so many current iPhone owners would dump their iPhones and ban Apple if they dared join up with Verizon.

    Oh, this would be for China, probably. There it is OK to have a CDMA phone.

  1. iphonerulez

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    Joined: Nov 2008

    +1

    This is what Apple needs in order to go

    into full global and carrier expansion, otherwise there just won't be enough supply to meet demand. When this factory goes into production it won't matter if Android does have faster growth because it won't put enough of a dent into iPhone sales to make a bit of difference. I'm not sure why the iHaters believe that Android growth will kill off the iPhone completely. It makes no sense at all. Most iPhone buyers will surely be repeat iPhone buyers. The further users get sucked into the iOS ecosystem, the less chance of them leaving. There will always be more than enough consumers that will be willing to stay within the confines of Apple's walled garden. Most iPhone users probably don't even realize there's such a thing. The non-tech iPhone users that I've spoken to have never heard of the term "walled garden" or open and closed OS system. Compared to how carriers used to lock down everything, nearly any smartphone OS would now appear to be completely open.

    iOS won't be doomed for years to come as long as it continues to evolve.

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