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CDMA version of the Apple iPhone expected in...India
The Wall Street Journal has its teeth chomped down on the CDMA Apple iPhone story, and it won't let go. The prestigious daily business paper is reporting that Apple is in the midst of talks with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservice to bring the same CDMA iPhone variant expected for Verizon, to India.

A person familiar with the talks between Apple and the two Indian carriers says, "Tata has been in talks with them (Apple) for four to five months now," Another insider to the situation says that he is unsure when the launch will happen. In the meantime, Anand Baskaran, an Apple spokesman for India, declined to comment.

India is the world's fastest growing telecom market and while Apple does offer its touchscreen phone through 2 GSM carriers in the region, adding a CDMA version would give the iPhone access to about 20% of India's 670 million cellular users. 18 million new users are being added monthly despite the fact that 42% of the population earns less than $1.25 per day. Some analysts see the figures and compute that India would not be a good place to debut a CDMA model of the iPhone.  Daryl Chiam, a senior analyst at research firm Canalys says, "While the possibility of a CDMA iPhone through Reliance Communications or Tata would help Apple, it is unlikely to generate significant volumes in India."

In other Apple iPhone news, the exclusivity period for Deutsche Telekom to sell the handset in Germany has expired. The timing is poor for the carrier considering that the holiday shopping season is just weeks away. Two more German carriers will be offering the model shortly as Telefonica SA's O2 and Vodafone group PLC said yesterday that they will each have the Apple iPhone available in a matter of weeks.

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:49

1. uofmrules (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2010)

I love how the article says "Tata Teleservice to bring the same CDMA iPhone variant expected for Verizon, to India." Did it ever cross their minds that this quite possibly could be ANOTHER logical reason as to why Apple bought so many CDMA chips??

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 11:14

2. XxVerbalxX (unregistered)

What are you new here?

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 13:24

3. rhonda55 (unregistered)

will they make a cdma iphone for mexico? i know some of u might say things like nobody cares about mexico and stuff like that but i mean its reasonable because if there supposevly making cdma iphones for india,china, verizon why not for mexico? mexico has a HUGE cdma network iusacell i know this cuz i been to mexico 6 times and i always take my blackberry storm 2 from verizon and it roams on iusacell mexico and i always get evdo coverage everywere i go iusacell its like the verizon of mexico it has 3 times more coverage than telcel mexico which is gsm like att over here in the states .

posted on 13 Oct 2010, 13:51

4. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)

I'm so sick of Verizon iPhone RUMORS! I wish Apple and Verizon would just break the silence and confirm yes or no just to shut this crap up! This horse has been long dead, quit beating it already. Everyone assumes that because they're buying CDMA chips they're going to make a iPhone for Verizon. Hello, Verizon isn't the only carrier in the world that uses CDMA. If Verizon get the iPhone so what, just don't get your hopes up. People are going to become alcoholics from all this before its over.

posted on 14 Oct 2010, 07:53

5. uofmrules (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Oct 2010)

The Verizon CEO did come out and say No, but the rumors have not stopped.

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