Sources have already seen the prototype, and claim Apple will make it available on multiple wireless networks.
Although they would never announce it publicly, the sources say CEO Steve Jobs is afraid of losing market share to Android, and a cheaper iPhone would widen its appeal to those that may be on the fence about a smartphone, or those in developing nations.
Android currently controls 32.9 percent of the global smartphone market, compared to Apple's 16 percent.
Apple's new device will sell for $150-$200 with contract, will be 30 percent smaller than the current iPhone 4, and will remove the Home button. Additionally, Apple wants to add a "universal SIM" slot which will work for many GSM networks.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 11 Feb 2011 17:18