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Report: Apple Boosting iPhone Shipments; 6M May Be Verizon-Compatible

Time for some reading of the tech tea leaves.

A story today from DigiTimes has renewed talk that Apple's iPhone may soon be available on Verizon. It writes that "sources with Taiwan-based component suppliers" say Apple now plans to ship between 20 and 21 million iPhones in first-quarter 2011, up from an earlier goal of 19 million, and that 5 to 6 million of the units will be "CDMA iPhones."

Forbes and many other media outlets have jumped on the story as a sign that the much-anticipated Verizon version of the iPhone is coming soon. That's because CDMA, as CNET News reminds us, is what Verizon's network runs on.

As of now, iPhones only run on AT&T in the U.S.

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