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  • No 4G iPhone Until 2012: Report

    A report on TechCrunch pours some cold water on the idea that the still-rumored Verizon iPhone will support LTE, Verizon's faster 4G standard. Steve Cheney, who was one of the first out of the gate with reports from China that Apple was building a Verizon iPhone, says that the device to be released in January will be compatible only with the existing CDMA 3G standard. According to his report, a dual-mode phone will be out by mid-2011, with LTE support on hold until 2012.

    Following the Wall Street Journal's report on a Verizon iPhone that would support an "alternative wireless technology," some observers (like the Journal's Martin Peers and, well, me) speculated that the technology would be LTE, the fourth-generation (4G) wireless standard coming to Verizon and AT&T over the next couple of years. However, Cheney is reporting - without naming any sources - that neither the Verizon iPhone nor the fifth-generation iPhone due in June 2011 will support LTE. Instead, the Verizon phone would have a CDMA chip made by Qualcomm, and the 5G would come with a hybrid chip that could work on either Verizon's CDMA network or the GSM system used by AT&T. Cheney refers back to Apple's decision to support only the pre-3G EDGE standard with the original iPhone, at a time when 3G networks were much more widespread and mature than LTE will be in 2011. Apple may not want to be the LTE "guinea pig," Cheney says, asserting that "the reality is that 4G deployments will take much longer than the carriers are letting on." LTE support would therefore have to wait until the sixth-generation iPhone is released in 2012.

    There are, however, drawbacks to going with CDMA, in addition to it being a dead-end standard. Battery life tends to be shorter with power-hungry CDMA radios, and what's perhaps most significant, simultaneous voice and data transmission is not possible. In a separate story in the Wall Street Journal, company executive Brian Higgins claimed that the carrier was working on a solution to that problem but gave no schedule for the fix, saying that "for a vast majority of customers, I don't think it's terribly important." The article also quotes Brad Shewmake, spokesman for the CDMA Development Group, as saying that a solution - presumably Voice over Rev. A (VoRA) - will become commercially available in the first half of next year.

    Source: MacRumors
    This article was originally published in forum thread: No 4G iPhone Until 2012: Report started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 45 Comments
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      I would never take my iPhone to Verizon if I couldn't use data/voice at the same time. I use that wayyyyy too much.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I know my home internet load times are faster than that of my phone. Near instant searches would not be something I wouldn't care about. If they increased the pricing by another $10/mo I might have a harder time justifying it though.
      Depends on how fast they realistically are. For those of us who are grandfathered in on the unlimited plan, I could definitely see this completely replacing my home connection.
    1. goodluck4287's Avatar
      goodluck4287 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mortopher View Post
      Please don't spam threads with unrelated junk. You're more than welcome to start a thread devoted solely to the yahoo 2.0 update.
      I mean well, you mean well. But don't call that spam, I have nothing to gain nor am i connected to yahoo in any way. Spam would be something more like, hey everyone i just got a free ipod from blahblah.com/index.php?affid1234, and you should too. Just so we're clear. I figured the MMi writers would be more likely to see that post there than on some random thread in their huge forum. Let's face facts, video calling to a computer is unfortunately more of a big deal than it should be.

      Unfortunately, we're talking about a free app.
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      In that case, PM them.

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      Trademark . a canned food product consisting esp. of pork formed into a solid block.
      ( lowercase ) a disruptive, esp. commercial message posted on a computer network or sent as e-mail.
    1. HCWHunter's Avatar
      HCWHunter -
      Quote Originally Posted by Browning151 View Post
      I would never take my iPhone to Verizon if I couldn't use data/voice at the same time. I use that wayyyyy too much.
      You would never take your iPhone to Verizon anyway because it wouldn't work! It's amazing how many people talk about jumping to Verizon with their iPhone and dropping ATT when the GSM ATT iPhone won't work on CDMA!