The Verizon iPhone rumors just won't die. They probably won't until someone comes out from Apple or Verizon and just out-right says that the device isn't launching on the CDMA-based network. Until then, we get to watch the rumor mill turn and turn. This time around, according to people "briefed by Apple," it looks like mass production for the Verizon-branded iPhone are set to kick off by the end of 2010.
The report is coming from The Wall Street Journal, and they are talking to people that were apparently briefed by Apple. In the brief, it suggests that the mass production of a CDMA-based iPhone, which will be specifically meant for Verizon in the United States, is set to kick off by the end of 2010. The result? To have the device up and ready to go some time in the first quarter of 2011, where it would finally land on store shelves.
Unfortunately, everyone associated with the matter have refused to comment on the matter. That includes Verizon, Apple, and Qualcomm. According to the WSJ, “Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple." Is this a definitive answer that we're looking for? Not quite. It is another rumor, though, and eventually that has to turn into something.
[via Wall Street Journal]