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Verizon iPhone may come this summer as 3G/4G hybrid

updated 04:25 pm EDT, Fri May 7, 2010

Odd rumors point to early Verizon iPhone with LTE

An unusual rumor this afternoon has a Verizon-ready iPhone shipping in the summer. Multiple Verizon staffers and other sources claim the CDMA iPhone would not only be ready in the summer but that it could be a launch device for the availability of Verizon's 4G network. While questionable, the Engadget details are billed as "surprisingly specific."

It would most likely be a hybrid phone with both 4G as well as CDMA and 3G if real, as Verizon doesn't plan to cover more than 25 to 30 cities with LTE on launch.

The launch of such a phone would contradict some of the both rumored and official statements surrounding both 4G and a Verizon iPhone. The most credible rumor for a CDMA iPhone so far has put production in the fall, and the first known LTE phone to be shipping would be a Samsung device for Metro PCS in the same season. Leaks of the iPhone so far have only shown what should be a regular GSM version.

Verizon itself has pushed back the full-scale deployment of its 4G to fall this year and has said it doesn't realistically anticipate its first 4G smartphone until early 2011. LTE chipsets so far consume a relatively large amount of space and power, and current implementations only handle data. Voice over LTE hasn't been finalized as a standard.

If at all real, the Verizon iPhone is likely to have a disruptive effect on other phones. HTC's Droid Incredible has had the luxury of a relatively unimpeded lead in Verizon's lineup and would face competition even from a phone without 4G. One with LTE would be severely damaging to Sprint, whose HTC Evo 4G is being marketed as the first 4G phone in the US.


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  1. charlituna

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    a question

    why are folks to quick to believe that there will be a CDMA iphone in the US when China, which has like 10 times the CDMA market, didn't get one. IF this is about money wouldn't it make sense they would go after such a huge market

  1. aristotles

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    No third party AGPS on Verizon

    Verizon uses a proprietary type of AGPS that only works with their Navigator App.
    http://www.precentral.net/3rd-party-apps-cannot-access-agps-verizon-palm-pre-pixi-plus

    Are you people sure that you want a Verizon iPhone? They are the king of lock-in.

  1. Darchmare

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    ...

    I don't want Verizon, per se. I want competition.

    If AT&T had some competition, maybe they'd invest more in their infrastructure to retain customers, rather than simply depend on peoples' desire for iPhones as they've done so far.

    Even if Verizon is better at some things and worse at others, the availability of two distinct options is much better than just one.

  1. facebook_Justin

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    I really hope this is NOT true, as always. Apple has done so good at keeping crappy CDMA away, why ruin it now. More people have GSM iPhones in the US then ever before. Stick with GSM until LTE comes out, if you need to switch (and you do, at&t is an evil money hungry monopoly that absolutely hates the idea of a customer not being under contract), go to T-Mobile. There much better and the iPhone works on T-Mobile as long as it's unlocked.

  1. Jittery Jimmy

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    No sense.

    This rumor makes no sense - at least in terms of timing. LTE standards will take months. Then the chipsets, then the FCC approval, then the infrastructure, then the handsets.

    There is no way that all this can happen in a short few months. I'd say June 2012 at the VERY earliest. I'm sure Verizon would love to milk its legacy CDMA technology as much as possible.

  1. boris_cleto

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    Keep dreaming

    Verizon won't have the iPhone before the middle of the decade, if ever.

  1. DeepDish

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    +6

    if and only if

    I am all for other carriers having the iPhone.

    As long as Apple has complete control over the features.

    Every carrier Apple allows to have the iPhone has to have identical features.

    They can vary on price for service and let the best carrier attract the most customers with best coverage and lowest cost.

  1. dashiel

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    sigh...

    apple and at&t have a 5 year agreement, do the math. it's shocking how little research these analysts do, actually no it's not they're manipulating stock prices. there will be no cdma phone in the united states until 2012.

  1. facebook_Jean-Robert

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    Believe...

    I'll believe it when I believe it...

  1. testudo

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    @Justin

    I really hope this is NOT true, as always. Apple has done so good at keeping crappy CDMA away, why ruin it now.

    "Crappy" CDMA? What exactly is crappy about CDMA? Or is it just that, since the iPhone doesn't use it currently, it must be bad?

    Stick with GSM until LTE comes out, if you need to switch (and you do, at&t is an evil money hungry monopoly that absolutely hates the idea of a customer not being under contract), go to T-Mobile. There much better and the iPhone works on T-Mobile as long as it's unlocked.

    First, you can't get an unlocked phone in the US. So you have to do it yourself.

    Second, if you go T-Mobile, you're using their 2G data network, since their 3G network isn't compatible with the iPhone.

    Third, if you have to go 2G, why not CDMA?

    And, finally, fourth: CDMA might be crappy, but you don't continually hear about all the dropped calls with Droid on Verizon. But making jokes about the iPhone's inability to actually make phone calls has gone mainstream (from John Stewart and Colbert to Letterman).

    But I guess having people hear and believe that the iPhone is a lousy phone is OK, just because of the 'great' GSM network Apple has tied themselves to.

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