Verizon iPhone: January Hopes Dashed

While many signs have pointed to January for the release of a CDMA iPhone that will run on the Verizon Wireless network, a research analyst is pooh-poohing that idea today.

Analyst Brian Marshall with Gleacher & Co. says itll be March before you can pick up Apples darling from Verizon. Marshall, according to Computerworld, says his sources in the Asian manufacturing community tell him it wont be ready for sale when Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg delivers the keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Marshall is backing up his original prediction from earlier in the year when he said it would be ready for launch in March.

Marshalls report says the CDMA iPhone will make a big splash not only with Verizon, but internationally, debuting with CDMA carriers around the globe, and in Asia, particularly. The only carriers who currently sell the iPhone operate on the more widely-used GSM technology.

Most analysts speculate that Apple could sell another 10 million iPhones or more by teaming with Verizon. Its a move many have thought was long overdue, but now that phones operating on Googles Android operating system are storming America and the globe, breaking up its exclusive deal with AT&T in the U.S. is a move many say Apple has to make.

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