What?…A Verizon Wireless iPhone?

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will be releasing a CDMA version of the iPhone, opening the door for service by Verizon Wireless.

Many in the industry view Verizon Wireless as having the best network of the leading carriers, but AT&T’s lock on the iPhone has been a real ace in the hole.¬† If Verizon is able to sell the iPhone along with AT&T, this parity in device availability may tilt users in favor of Verizon because of the popular sentiment about network superiority.¬† Indeed this morning’s Market Watch shows Verizon Wireless’ share price increasing on this news.

Availability of the iPhone through Verizon Wireless is reported to be sometime this Summer.