Rumor: Apple Expects to Sell 5+ Million Verizon iPhones by March

Verizon Wireless and Apple's iPhone 4

Apple’s new target for iPhone sales in the first quarter of 2011? 20-21 million units according to Digitimes, which cites anonymous sources in Taiwan involved with component manufacturers. The big news out of all of this is that five to six million of those iPhones will be CDMA compatible and thus capable of running on Verizon’s network in the United States.

While the sources do say that some of those CDMA iPhones will most likely stay in Asia for local use, big papers like the Wall Street Journal are claiming that the iPhone will arrive on Verizon’s network early in 2011. We might finally see the launch of the much rumored Verizon iPhone. If all of these end up staying in Asia, I can see the headlines already: Verizon Wireless Customers Jumping in front of Trains and off of Bridges. Let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.

As for non-CDMA iPhones, Apple is supposedly planning on shipping out 14-15 million. How does this compare to the 4th quarter of this year? Digitimes claims that estimates put the October through December shipments at 15.5 million. This would mean a total of 47 million for 2010. Mighty impressive numbers.

The general consensus is that Apple is indeed building CDMA compatible iPhones right now. Whether or not these are iPhone 4s or iPhone 3GSs has not been confirmed. What has also not been confirmed is whether or not these are actually intended for Verizon’s network. Sure, Verizon uses CDMA but so do plenty of other networks throughout the world, including Sprint.

While I sincerely doubt that Sprint is getting the iPhone before Verizon, how do we know all of these iPhones aren’t headed for China? We don’t. With all the news and speculation swirling around the Verizon iPhone you would have thought that someone, anyone really would have let something slip. Anonymous sources from online newspapers and blogs are one thing, anonymous sources in the WSJ are another, but leaked documents are something else entirely.

Keep your fingers crossed for the Verizon iPhone. I really hope it is coming this year finally and the general consensus points that way. However, if it doesn’t…Verizon might just need to open a hotline.

Believe Digitimes and its “sources with Taiwan-based component suppliers?” Is the Verizon iPhone just a myth that will never materialize? Could the Promised Land finally be almost here? Let me know in the comments below.

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