CDMA iPhone 4 Codenamed N92 At ‘Engineering Verification Test’ Stage

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We have heard several rumors lately about the CDMA-based iPhone coming to Verizon.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball who has a good track record with Apple rumors has revealed some interesting details about the CDMA-based iPhone, which is codenamed N92.

According to him, Apple is working on a CDMA-based iPhone, which could be released in January 2011.

Daring Fireball writes:

But I do know that engineering-wise, the wheels are turning on N92, the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4. It’s certainly not in production yet, and hasn’t reached DVT status (device verification test — like Gray Powell’s infamous stolen unit), but it is, a few little birdies claim, at EVT (engineering verification test). That’s one step below DVT, which is one step below production. So it’s right about where you’d think it would be if it were scheduled to go on sale in January. The CDMA iPhone is no longer a cold storage, keep-it-alive-just-in-case-we-need-it project.

But he is not sure if the CDMA-based iPhone is meant only for Verizon or might be available on Sprint or meant for the South American or Asian markets.

He believes that Verizon is very likely for the following reason:

The key bit: “At the critical juncture […], when they should have gone for market share, they went for profits.” I think this encapsulates Jobs’s philosophy since taking over Apple in 1997. Take the high end of the market first, establish a brand and presence, then steadily start to expand.

If they’re at that juncture with the iPhone now, expansion means CDMA. And in the U.S., it means Verizon.

Will you jump ship if iPhone is available on Verizon or Sprint’s network? Let us know in the comments.

[via Daring Fireball]