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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&Tís 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. Pufferking's Avatar
      Pufferking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Greenpants View Post
      Verizon and AT&T plans are near carbon copies.
      I don't think so I just went to Verizon's web site and looked @ there plan and it would cost me $50.00 - 60.00 dollars more per month to match the plan i have with At&t.
      Verizon want $44.00 just for unlimited data At&t is only $30.00
      And At&t has rollover minutes.

      I guess we will have to wait and see what happens with at&t and the iPhone.Anyone know when apple will release the real info on the new iPhone.
    1. chuckiecheese's Avatar
      chuckiecheese -
      man i was hoping for dual CDMA and GSM so i could switch to verizon and still use the iphone overseas on gsm...
    1. cpkirkley's Avatar
      cpkirkley -
      I moved my phone away from Verizon after finding out that the VX6900 WinMo device I bought for her had a GPS device init, (built into the chip itself by Qualcomm mind you) but Verizon disabled it in order to push their VZNavigator service.

      I will never, ever, switch back to Verizon for cell service.

      Ever.
    1. bbplayer5's Avatar
      bbplayer5 -
      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.
      You must really hate AT&T then since they have EXACTLY THE SAME PRICES...

      The droids are 60 dollars for Data/450 anytime minutes. 20 dollars for unlimited texting. Thats my plan and its EXACTLY the same as my iPhone plan was.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      I'm just wondering why people keep insisting on using pictures of the first iPhone on OS 1.x.

      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.
      Funny. Thanked.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      If Verizon's network performance well with the iPhone traffics. Then, they will put a lot of pressure on AT&T to keep up. Hence, this will be good for both Verizon and AT&T is customers.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Not jailbreakable, no deal. The iPhone is damn near useless stock. And a hybrid chip would be mucho awesome. Then I might think about switching, though Verizon is more expensive for what I want in a plan.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      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..
      While not being able to access data simultaneously while talking on the phone is a drawback, CDMA call quality is better than GSM and more reliable.

      Also, you're example is dumb, since if your boss is calling you about an e-mail he has sent you, either a) the email has already downloaded to the phone before he called therefore it is very readable, OR b) if you are implying the boss just sent an email while on the phone with you? that is just retarded, because if the boss did that, why would he even call? He would discuss the email topic over the phone. Do you even work in a corporate environment???
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      While not being able to access data simultaneously while talking on the phone is a drawback, CDMA call quality is better than GSM and more reliable.

      Also, you're example is dumb, since if your boss is calling you about an e-mail he has sent you, either a) the email has already downloaded to the phone before he called therefore it is very readable, OR b) if you are implying the boss just sent an email while on the phone with you? that is just retarded, because if the boss did that, why would he even call? He would discuss the email topic over the phone. Do you even work in a corporate environment???
      Call quality is not that much better on CDMA i've had both and there's barely a difference. And second, if you don't have access to a PC and you are on the phone with your boss and the only way to receive the email he is sending you which may include an attachment of some sort, how would u view it? That's what these smartphones are capable of doing. Opening attachments to edit or to view And yes i do work in a corporate environment. My example was dumb to you because you failed understand the basic meaning behind it. Try not being so damn biased next time.
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      i too shall sit back and watch the rivers rise and subside
    1. LSZ33's Avatar
      LSZ33 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bbplayer5 View Post
      You must really hate AT&T then since they have EXACTLY THE SAME PRICES...

      The droids are 60 dollars for Data/450 anytime minutes. 20 dollars for unlimited texting. Thats my plan and its EXACTLY the same as my iPhone plan was.
      which droids are you referring to? Because if you're referring to those on t-mobile, they just barely got slow @$$ 3G. It sounds like you're referring to T-mobile's 2G for the same price as AT&T's 3G. Let me know if i'm wrong.
    1. Meatloaf's Avatar
      Meatloaf -
      ok listen my friend works for At&t they own the right of iphone until 2012 they renewed there contracted with them this year so no more iphone for verizon for another 2 years

      verizon is not getting iphone
    1. Nicholas Knight's Avatar
      Nicholas Knight -
      Im buying one so the wife and I can have iPhones :P she insists on Verizon while i am set on my iPhone haha
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      Call quality is not that much better on CDMA i've had both and there's barely a difference. And second, if you don't have access to a PC and you are on the phone with your boss and the only way to receive the email he is sending you which may include an attachment of some sort, how would u view it? That's what these smartphones are capable of doing. Opening attachments to edit or to view And yes i do work in a corporate environment. My example was dumb to you because you failed understand the basic meaning behind it. Try not being so damn biased next time.
      Biased towards what. Your example is dumb and would never happen.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Biased towards what. Your example is dumb and would never happen.
      Yeah, sure it wouldn't cuz i'm sure you know all that happens when people use their phone. Just stick to using your phone for only calls cuz you don't know anything beyond that.
    1. TheReliq's Avatar
      TheReliq -
      I can't stand Verizon. They talk so much trash about the iPhone, yet now they wanna do business with-em. What's wrong with this picture? :-s

      Lol, when did u guys start paying 60 for data? I've always payed 30. I hope you're getting free tethering w/that!