Pegatron Apparently Ramping Up for CDMA iPhone

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Apparently Pegatron has been contracted to build CDMA iPhones for Apple and has hired over 10,000 new employees to help build some 10 million units in 2011. Pegatron has confirmed the mass hiring, but is only saying the new staff will help with its smartphone manufacturing, according to DigiTimes.

Jason Chang, Pegatron’s CEO, also said he expects to see a sharp increase in revenue during the first quarter in 2011.

Word that Pegatron will start building CDMA iPhones made its way to DigiTimes via parts suppliers, and not from within the company.

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Building CDMA-compatible iPhones would let Apple branch out from GSM-based cell service providers such as AT&T. Currently, the iPhone only supports wireless carriers that use GSM technology, which isn’t compatible with the CDMA tech that companies like Verizon use.

While it’s possible Pegatron will be building CDMA iPhones, there’s no guarantee they’ll find their way to Verizon. So far, the carrier hasn’t shown any signs of giving in and allowing Apple to have the kind of control it’s used to with other carriers, and Apple isn’t likely to let Verizon have the kind of strangle hold control over the iPhone the carrier gets with other smartphones.

Assuming CDMA iPhones are going into production, it’s likely that they’re destined for markets in countries like China and India.

For now, the DigiTimes report should be taken with a grain of salt since Apple hasn’t confirmed CDMA-compatible iPhones are on the way.

Comments

Ross Edwards

Again, all the good evidence so far points to China for this stuff.  If the US is involved at all, Sprint.  In fact, until the VZ iPad/Mifi deal, the landscape for a Verizon iPhone was about as bad as one could ever think, despite the rumor count.

MacKeeper_fan_Mod

Earlier Chineese factories fabricated a half of clothes made in the world and soon they’ll make a half of computers, phones and other electronic production.

They are strong competitors of American companies ‘cause they can set very low price for their goods thanked to cheap workers. If American companies oppose them USA will lose a lot of money which’ll go to China from pockets of common people.

By the way I remembered one story I’ve listened from one of my relatives. His friend showed him two expensive mobile phones, real and fake which was made in China, and ask him to choose the fake one. He wasn’t able to do it and finally his friend showed him that real mobile phone is much heavier than fake ‘cause the fake one is made with using of a great quantity of plastic. If such mobile phone fall on the floor, it will be hard work to gather it’s details.

Ross Edwards

@MacKeeper,

Don’t give too much credit where it isn’t due.  Part of why there is so little manufacturing left in the United States is that there are virtually no tariffs or imposts in effect anymore.  That policy certainly made corporate profits soar in the era of globalization, but now the U.S. is facing the grim reality of an economy that is too far saturated with services and not based on enough wealth CREATION in the form of durable goods.  And by replacing what could have been tariff and impost income with direct taxation and deficit spending, the United States now subsidizes the economy of the rest of the world, including the economies of countries like China and India who are capable of doing perfectly well without any help at this point.  The suggestion of a return to the tariff era brings sneers nowadays, which is a shame, because back when they were in effect, the United States was the greatest creditor nation on Earth… not the greatest debtor nation.

It’s a lucky thing the Chinese haven’t had any particular urge to send the largest army in world history in an aggressive direction, because quite a few other countries (in Europe as well as North America) would be ill-equipped to stand against a military backed by China’s industrial base, whatever the West’s initial military technology advantages (and they are considerable).  Fortunately, it is unlikely that an increasingly wealthy Chinese populace would stand for such a thing, even under the constrained limits of their current liberty.  What Shenzhen or Guangzhou laborer would rather face wartime rationing than have himself a spiffy new iPhone?  None of them, that’s who.

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