The WSJ posted a story late yesterday about Apple's plans for its upcoming successor to the iPhone 3GS. In it, the Journal reaffirms previous rumors that Apple will offer a CDMA version of the iPhone on the Verizon Wireless network in the U.S.
ZDNet's own Larry Dignan thinks that Apple's move to Verizon, or even the hint of a move to Verizon, could freeze smartphone upgrades:
So what will this do to buying purchases? I can’t speak for all Verizon customers, but this one decided to stand pat on the phone upgrade given the changes in the market... And in speaking with other Verizon customers, I’m not alone.
The WSJ piece claims that the new iPhone handset is being manufactured by Hon Hai Precision Industry, which isn't surprising considering that it manufactured Apple's previous iPhones. The CDMA model being made for Verizon is being manufactured by Pegatron Technology.
The new iPhone is coming "this summer" according to the piece and is likely to be thinner and have a faster processor according to two people familiar with the device.