After many years of rumors and speculation, rumors are now circulating that an iPhone on Verizon Wireless in the USA might be closer to reality than ever as Apple is ordering chips from Qualcomm. Millions of Qualcomm chips are said to have been ordered for a production run in December, with the design of the phone largely similar to the iPhone 4, but possibly with an insulated antenna to prevent issues of the now infamous death grip. Qualcomm has predominantly controlled the CDMA market.
An iPhone 4 running on CDMA technology, the network that Verizon Wireless and rival Sprint operate under, have been questioned by many in the industry as it would require a new chipset and new internal design from Apple. Such efforts may be wasted if LTE is forthcoming, and delaying an iPhone launch on Verizon until the network is operating its 4G LTE technology may make it more cost effective as Apple can ship multiple iPhones with the same chip, but tuned to different network frequencies and bands as needed around the world. However, waiting LTE won’t have the same geographic penetration as CDMA, at least not initially, and would take time for Verizon to build out.