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Weekend iPhone Rumors: Apple ordering "hoards" of CDMA chips, AT&T SEC filing hints at loss of exclusivity?

August 9th, 2010 at 2:14 PM

The iPhone 4 has been out for well over a month now, so it is only natural that iPhone rumors begin again, no? Over the weekend, two iPhone rumors of interest were spotted on the interwebs. The first comes via blog TechCrunch, TC is reporting that:

Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December. This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).

We’ll let you decide how feasible a Verizon iPhone in December is, it isn’t like we’ve ever heard that before.

The next rumor come courtesy of an SEC filing from AT&T. In the filing, dated June 30th, the company writes:

In addition, offering a number of attractive handsets on an exclusive basis distinguishes us from our competitors. As these exclusivity arrangements end, we expect to continue to offer such handsets (based on historical industry practice), and we believe our service plan offerings will help to retain our customers by providing incentives not to move to a new carrier.

The rub here is that the only device that AT&T has exclusivity on, that would be worth mentioning in an SEC filing, is the iPhone (sorry BlackBerry Torch).

As with all rumors, these should be taken with a heavy dose of NaCl (that’s salt), they are rumors after all.

Read [Verizon iPhone] Read [SEC]




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