CDMA iPhone on its way to China, Korea, and Japan?

Looks like the CDMA variant of Apple's iPhone might eventually make its way to carriers in China, Korea, and Japan. According to the not always reliable Digitimes, Apple suppliers currently expect around 7 million CDMA iPhones to be sold in the first quarter of 2011. That's a lot of iPhones, no matter how you look at it.

Apple's two main suppliers, Foxconn and Pegatron are also slated to turn a large profit this year due to the release of a CDMA variant. Foxconn started shipping the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 back in December 2011, while Pegatron has started shipping this month. Digitimes maintains that Foxconn will ship solely to the United States while Pegatron will ship to other countries such as China, Japan, and Korea. The Verizon iPhone is set to double the number of iPhone users in the market alone. With these other countries added to the CDMA list, the iPhone will be available to a whole new array of customers as well.

I'd say with the GSM and CDMA variants set to be available on even more carriers and in more countries, Apple is in for a year of record numbers. It's also great that customers in the US now have a choice. And if you're in the US and not sure which to pick, take a look at our Verizon vs AT&T iPhone comparison.


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Allyson Kazmucha

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CDMA iPhone on its way to China, Korea, and Japan?


"Foxconn started shipping the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 back in December 2011"
This is probably a typo for December 2010.

People in other countries care. Ever think a blog can be read in more than 1 country? we have a lot of international readers. gasp What a concept.

49ers your close minded! Some of us in the us do care! So of those 'Book smart' people keep an eye on what happens in the international community! As we become more of a globalized community everything becomes linked in some way.

I dont get how CDMA iPhone will double iPhone users. It only works in one country, the current iPhone works in all countries.

I lived in japan for years and let me tell you they were light years ahead of us in cellphones and even when it came to contracts they were 6 month terms also aren't they still on pcs technology?