A new report says Apple is getting ready to manufacture a new iPhone that works on cellular networks based on CDMA technology.
That move would allow the phones to be used by more carriers, including Verizon Wireless.
It’s long been rumored that Verizon Wireless will eventually start selling the iPhone.
But the head of Verizon Wireless downplayed the possibility of an iPhone on Verizon’s current 3G network.
The official said Verizon expects one to come later for Verizon’s newer, faster 4G network, echoing comments the company’s CEO made in September.
A version of the iPhone that uses the CDMA network technology wouldn’t necessarily be for Verizon Wireless.
Sprint Nextel uses the same technology, as do some Chinese and Korean carriers. Sprint and Apple declined comment.
The Wall Street Journal, citing people briefed by Apple, said the company will start mass-producing the new iPhones by year’s end.
They could go on sale early next year.