These Verizon iPhone 4 rumors just won’t go away and the latest chatter is that Apple has informed its suppliers that they will be requiring three million CDMA iPhones to be ready for shipment towards the end of this year. This obviously fits with the rumor that Apple will release a CDMA iPhone 4, probably on Verizon, by Christmas. Analysts (who are always spot on, right?) are calculating that, with CDMA and GSM handsets available Apple could expect to ship 22,000,000 in the final quarter of 2010. That’s a lot of iPhones!
Susquehanna Financial Group analyst Jeffrey Fidarco claims the recent release of the iPhone 4 in China will help push sales skywards, and as a result wins a prize for stating the blindingly obvious.
What would this mean for Apple’s currently exclusive US carrier, AT&T? According to its CEO Randall Stephenson, not a lot. He doesn’t believe a high percentage of existing customers will jump ship when their exclusivity deal ends, presumably due to the 2 year contract they all signed to get their iPhone 4′s!