So Apple’s CDMA iPhone has been announced for the Verizon network in the US and it is being expected that the phone will ship to other countries as well, including India and China.
In the US, Apple’s agreement with Verizon has been reported as non-exclusive, which means that other CDMA operators like Sprint and T-Mobile too can have the option of having iPhones for their subscribers.
If it’s going to be non-exclusive in the US, there can be no reason why it won’t be so in India as well. This is quite logical, given that the CDMA subscriber base is not more than a fifth of the overall mobile subscriber base in India, with Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices being the major CDMA operators. Given the smaller CDMA subscriber base, exclusive arrangements can force smaller iPhone volumes, which can push prices up and make the offering less attractive as compared to iPhone offerings on GSM networks.
However, it would be unrealistic to expect the CDMA iPhones to arrive in India very soon…at least not in this quarter.
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