Yesterday I speculated that the CDMA iPhone would be hitting other carriers in the future since Verizon made it clear that it had a non-exclusive deal with Apple. Lo and behold, the hit-or-miss rumor mill known as Digitimes is reporting today that a CDMA iPhone will indeed ship to other countries and carriers.
Although the largest carrier in the U.S. uses CDMA technology, it’s less ubiquitous worldwide. However, in addition to the non-exclusive deal between Apple and Verizon, it seems unlikely that the former would be making CDMA iPhone models for Big Red only.
Since Apple is also set to start supplying its CDMA iPhone to Japan and South Korea, the company’s iPhone shipments in 2011 are expected to reach a new record.
In addition to the aforementioned countries, China will be getting iPhone shipments, too. This is huge for Apple and iOS as it taps a large market that was once incapable of carrying the iPhone for purely technological reasons. Digitimes speculates that the additional shipments could total $1.9 – $2.1 billion for Apple’s manufacturing partners with the CDMA iPhone alone.
So, if you’re in a country where the predominant carrier uses CDMA technology, you may have your chance at the iPhone just yet.