Foxconn Is Rumored to Produce CDMA iPhone With Pegatron


Taiwan Economic News received information from its industry sources on CDMA version of the iPhone 4. The newspaper reveals that Foxconn, which is a subsidiary of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., will ship the CDMA-enabled iPhones 4 to Apple in the next year. It is also suggested that the device will be offered by China Telecom and Verizon Wireless.

But Foxconn will not be the only producer of CDMA iPhone. Rumors had it in May that Pegatron won the contract for the device and that it will allegedly start the production in November. Foxconn's share of the order is declared to be 15 million units.

According to Q4 2010 conference call, Apple sold 14.1 million iPhones last quarter, and analysts are assured that millions of customers are waiting for CDMA iPhone 4 to buy it, which indicates the demand may exceed manufacturing capacity of Foxconn or Pegatron alone and this is why Apple decided to order the production to both of the companies.

Rumors about the release of a CDMA iPhone 4 have a long history. Recently it was suggested, that Apple may use dual-mode Qualcomm chips that allow working on both CDMA and GSM. This Wednesday Gigaom claimed Apple wants to develop a multi-carrier SIM card solution. The Wall Street Journal this month reported the production of CDMA-enabled iPhone 4 would begin by the end of the year.

By the way, Taiwan Economic News also reported Foxconn invested $299 million to build a factory for production of the iPad in Chengdu.

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