SEATTLE — A new report says Apple Inc. is getting ready to manufacture a new iPhone that works on cellular networks based on CDMA technology, a move that would allow the phones to be used by more carriers.
It has long been rumored that Verizon Wireless will start selling the iPhone. But Lowell McAdam, head of Verizon Wireless, downplayed the possibility of an iPhone on its current 3G network. Verizon expects one later for its newer 4G network.
An iPhone that uses the CDMA technology wouldn’t necessarily be for Verizon. Sprint Nextel Corp. uses the same technology, as do some Chinese and Korean carriers. Sprint and Apple declined comment.
The Wall Street Journal, citing people briefed by Apple, said the company will start producing the new iPhones by year’s end.
Current iPhones only work on GSM networks, including that of exclusive US carrier, AT&T Inc.
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