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  • Qualcomm to Power Verizon iPhone?


    According to an "exclusive" from the financial website TheStreet.com, the supposed new Verizon iPhone will be powered by a chip from Qualcomm. Contradicting earlier rumors, though, the phone would not be dual mode - allowing it to be used both on CSMA systems like Verizon's and GSM networks like AT&T's in the US - but rather based on a standard EV-DO chip from Qualcomm.

    Quoting Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar - who himself had "confirmed the decision with the manufacturers and suppliers involved," TheStreet.com's Scott Moritz wrote that Qualcomm has closed the deal to produce a CDMA-based iPhone. Kumar says that Apple had originally asked for a dual-mode chip but wasn't happy with the results, which resulted in them choosing the conventional chip. Kumar did not detail what Apple had found fault with, but Electronista notes that "dual-network phones have often had significant if sometimes artificial limitations in their frequency support."

    Qualcomm's high-performance Snapdragon chips have been featured in some high-profile phones - from the original Android handheld, T-Mobile's G1, to the new Google Nexus One - and even Lenovo's new Skylight subnetbook. The manufacturer had recently trumpeted its forthcoming dual-mode HSPA/CDMA chipset that was at the time heralded as the heart of a new hybrid iPhone. The chip is expected at the end of the year, so the timing is being held up as a reason why it is thought that chip is being passed on for the 4G iPhone, as new models have heretofore released in summer.

    Industry observers are seeing any move to Qualcomm as a blow to Infineon, which has supplied the chipsets for every iPhone since it was released. Some reports have laid the blame on Infineon's chips for the iPhone's widely-lamented poor performance on AT&T’s network.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Qualcomm to Power Verizon iPhone? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      well hot darn some more propaganda...
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      If the chip is going to cause network problems, signal problems, and possibly raise the price of the iPhone then Apple should pass. If they can get all the bugs worked out then it could be pretty sweet to be able to switch carriers (T-Mobile to Verizon) and keep the same phone.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      "Verizon iPhone will be powered by a chip from Qualcomm"
      well this is obvious.
    1. smuggler's Avatar
      smuggler -
      I would like to see a hybrid iPhone created still, but if the newer iPhones aren't jailbreakable, the. I hate to say it, I might ditch the iPhone for the nexus one or one of the other badass phones running off android
    1. tsatryan's Avatar
      tsatryan -
      According to the photo shown with this story/thread, it would appear that Verizon will get a three year old version of the original iPhone rather than the current model.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Great news!!!! Once this happens...... we will all need those little coverage maps in our sigs (when we post) so that we all know who is still getting screwed by AT&T! Can't wait!
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Yea he should have posted a photo of the actual verizon iPhone
    1. JerseyScottie's Avatar
      JerseyScottie -
      Everyday it's a differant story about iPhone and verizon..it's not happening
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      If Verizon gets this damn phone I am buying one and microwaving it!
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      Quote Originally Posted by tsatryan View Post
      According to the photo shown with this story/thread, it would appear that Verizon will get a three year old version of the original iPhone rather than the current model.
      Facepalm

      anyone agree?
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      lol
    1. Pufferking's Avatar
      Pufferking -
      Here's the real question will the New 4g iPhone be avaible only verizon or will they have one for AT&T.
      I hope they have one for AT&T also as verizon sucks I looked at the phone plans and they are over priced.
    1. Khürt's Avatar
      Khürt -
      I think you meant CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access). CSMA (Carrier Sense Multiple Access) is computer networking protocol.

      [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDMA]Code division multiple access - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
    1. Greenpants's Avatar
      Greenpants -
      Verizon and AT&T plans are near carbon copies.
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      Man I hope this is true!!! a strictly CDMA iphone will crash the VZW network and then all the AT&T haters will have to shut up. And VZW customers with iPhones wont be able to do anything while talking on their phone.
    1. Tylervalo's Avatar
      Tylervalo -
      Quote Originally Posted by akosko01 View Post
      Man I hope this is true!!! a strictly CDMA iphone will crash the VZW network and then all the AT&T haters will have to shut up. And VZW customers with iPhones wont be able to do anything while talking on their phone.
      Ya know, you wouldn't think surfing the web while being on the phone as a big deal, but after seeing the AT&T commericals about it I started counting how often I do it. Pretty suprising!
    1. rickybobby's Avatar
      rickybobby -
      Like i said before Verizon will get this phone 2011 not this year as everybody is expecting there will be a contract extension for AT&T for maybe two more years AT&T secretly wants this so that the sales of the Verizon iPhone will take some of the strain off there network

      Another thing lets see which one will fold to each other demands APPLE or VERIZON i put my money on VERIZON because they need iPhone more than any Android powered phone they will get millions of new customers so they can experience there CRAPPY service
    1. jdm.accord's Avatar
      jdm.accord -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pufferking View Post
      Here's the real question will the New 4g iPhone be avaible only verizon or will they have one for AT&T.
      I hope they have one for AT&T also as verizon sucks I looked at the phone plans and they are over priced.
      There will always be a GSM iPhone since most of the world runs on GSM networks. To have a CDMA only version would leave 75% of the world without a new iPhone option and thus leave billions on the table for Apple. Not happening.

      I'm really surprised though that its not dual technology (if this rumor is true). Blackberry's dual technology phones (storm 1&2 and the Tour) work very well.
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tylervalo View Post
      Ya know, you wouldn't think surfing the web while being on the phone as a big deal, but after seeing the AT&T commericals about it I started counting how often I do it. Pretty suprising!
      you guys make a damn good point here... i was with verizon for over 10 years at least. att for about 3, but i have forgotten about all the F'd up policies they have and how they seem to jack up and take away a lot of the cool and useful options a phone straight from the manufacturer provides you with.

      not being able to hit the net while on the phone is damn annoying to say the least. i'm always looking up things and multitasking while i'm on the phone. having that capability alone being taken away is enough for me not to switch...

      although i despise att's customer service and billing... i think they hired a bunch of monkeys to run their billing software.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greenpants View Post
      Verizon and AT&T plans are near carbon copies.
      Near, but not quite. Verizon is still more expensive.

      Quote Originally Posted by jayson9 View Post
      Great news!!!! Once this happens...... we will all need those little coverage maps in our sigs (when we post) so that we all know who is still getting screwed by AT&T! Can't wait!
      Not everyone is getting screwed by AT&T. My coverage is really good actually. 3G every where in my city/county. There's no point to switch to a company that has same coverage in my city/county but pay more for it.

      Quote Originally Posted by Tylervalo View Post
      Ya know, you wouldn't think surfing the web while being on the phone as a big deal, but after seeing the AT&T commericals about it I started counting how often I do it. Pretty suprising!
      Yes, it's very true and most people probably don't realize how often they multitask on their iPhone. Also, remember that it's not just internet it's anything that uses the 3G connection. So if you have a messenger app and you receive a message (well you probably wont receive it..) you won't be able to respond back. You wont even be able to check your email.

      What happens if your boss or friend wants you to check your email for a message they had sent. "Oh wait i have to hang up because the over glorified Verizon doesn't support multifunction 3G". lame..

      If you all move to Verizon then good for you have fun and don't let the door kick you on your way out. I'll enjoy having less network congestion with you all gone. And when you all complain because you can't do on Verizon what you used to do on AT&T, i'll post a YouTube video of me doing it for you while on AT&T.