Originally Posted by theobold
My Friend, Not Really. Verizon has the largest subscriber base in the Untied States, Also the Largest 3g Data Network. CDMA is in 55 countries. India, China, Now Japan. Something that wouldn't be bad for Apple. The real news here is LTE/4g (5-15 mbs per second) being launched in Nov by Verizon, Vodaphone, China Unicomm. Verizon first LTE phones will start launching in fact In JAN. New technology/Launch obviously a much anticipated phone that many want on another network.
The Demand is already there. Market is far from limited.
Ah, but you are mixing things up here and being very misleading yourself.
Listing off countries that have *some* CDMA networks is not the same thing as listing off CDMA markets that Apple (or anyone) can exploit in a financially viable way. Japan may have some areas of CDMA but it's certainly not the standard by any means, nor is it close to the coverage of the GSM networks. I suspect half of your other examples are similar.
The majority of the world (by a huge margin), is GSM and all the countries that Apple sells in have established full-coverage GSM networks. All the countries that use CDMA also have carriers that use the more modern GSM technology and everyone is moving to LTE anyway.
Arguably, (almost certainly) the next iPhone will have LTE capabilities, there are already some semi-4G phones out there and all the LTE networks are going to be coming online, or accepting customers in the coming year. The next iPhone will likely be "iPhone 4G" and will be LTE that defaults down to GSM.
For that reason, there is absolutely no valid case to be made for producing a CDMA iPhone with one exception. If they want to give Android users a hard time and essentially stop the growth of Android sales in the USA dead in their tracks, they might release a CDMA phone to address that part of the market. Alternatively, they might produce an LTE/CDMA phone, just like the LTE/GSM phone they are working on now.
The so-called "Verizon iPhone" could also easily just be next year's LTE/GSM iPhone working on the LTE part of Verizon's network. It might not be a CDMA phone at all.