For those waiting for the Apple(s aapl)/Verizon(s vz) wedding, today’s release of the iPad on that network could be seen as the engagement. But, how long until these companies finally join forces to deliver what we’ve all been waiting for: iPhone carrier choice in the U.S.?
As usual, we’ve been hearing more and more rumors, such as the Wall Street Journal’s (s nws) report earlier this month that the iPhone 4 would begin production before year’s end. But, as the Apple faithful know, when the rumors increase to a tidal wave, we’re getting close.
Now, we’re hearing that the long-awaited CDMA versions of the iPhone have already been ordered. A recent report from the Taiwan Economic News indicates that Hon Hai (Foxconn) and Pegatron are sharing the production burden evenly for a projected 15 million units each.
Those of you who’ve been holding out, whether from distrust of AT&T (s t) or desire to stay with Verizon, may get your wish before Apple’s annual iPhone hardware refresh. With Apple’s move away from AT&T (and GSM) exclusivity, you have to wonder how long it’ll be until the iPhone is sold simply as a standalone device, allowing the user to choose any provider.
UPDATE: As commenters have rightly pointed out, while the iPad is available for use with Verizon’s network, it requires a Verizon MiFi device and must connect using Wi-Fi. It can’t natively support Verizon 3G with its internal antenna, since that network is CDMA, not GSM.
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