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  • New $99 iPhone to Be Verizon-Only?


    Mobile chip manufacturer Qualcomm announced today that they are working on a dual CDMA/UMTS chip that would allow the same phone to operate on carriers using either standard. Recent reports have suggested that Apple is readying a new dual-mode "worldphone" that could work on Verizon Wireless's CDMA network in the US.

    Contrary to the announcement, an analyst - citing his own sources within the company - says that Qualcomm would not be able to deliver the hybrid chip anytime in the coming year. The report that was detailed by GigaOm last week said Verizon was readying an "iPhone nano" for launch in the third quarter of 2010. Ashok Kumar, an analyst with Northeast Securities, told AppleInsider that it would be impossible for Apple to release a dual-mode iPhone until 2011 at the earliest. Kumar noted that in order for them to be able to start shipping the new device in the summer of 2010, a prototype would have to be undergoing field trials already, and "they're nowhere near that," he said.

    Technically I think it will be a stretch to have both UMTS and CDMA, because not only do you have hardware issues in terms of the baseband, but also software issues. Eventually they will probably get there [with the iPhone], but that's probably a 2011 story, not a 2010 story.
    Instead, Kumar says he thinks that it's much more likely that Apple would release a CDMA-only version of the iPhone that would be specifically made for Verizon Wireless, and that would go on sale in the second half of next year.

    The GigaOm report said a Verizon-compatible "worldmode" iPhone would launch by the third quarter of 2010, and that it would work with on both CDMA/EVDO networks like Verizon's and and UMTS networks like AT&T's. Qualcomm's press release said that the company would be launching new chips that would support HSPA and 3G and LTE chipsets in the second half of 2010, but Kumar asserts that the technology isn't currently available and, further, that any new chips would have a very high cost.

    "It's very likely they're trying to hit a low price point, maybe a $99 price point," Kumar said about the rumored phone, which is in line with what was reported by GigaOm.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: New $99 iPhone to Be Verizon-Only? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      ^ Stupid argument, They've already done that for China.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      does it really matter if your iphone is jailbroken and unlocked? who cares if verizon gets it? the point is to rock the iphone and pay for cheap service.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Oh God let this come true...I could finally actually stop giving up the idea of giving up the iPhone, as I'm going to switch back to Verizon soon if AT&T doesn't get their heads out of their asses and provide decent (just decent is all I'm asking for) service.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      this crap has been flying for too long... I wish something would just go through already...
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      You should have written that in blue heh.
      Lol, damn i should have
    1. flintTC's Avatar
      flintTC -
      Quote Originally Posted by GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL View Post
      ^ Stupid argument, They've already done that for China.
      Good point, but China does have a population that's a little over 1.5 Billion people, compared to just over 400 million people in the US. That might have had something to do with it.
    1. TooSlo's Avatar
      TooSlo -
      Quote Originally Posted by darwina View Post
      Right... I kind of like the island of misfit toys commercial though :P
      This was the post that stuck out most to me, and why I can see Verizon courting Apple in some ways.

      During that commercial, the misfit toys admit that the iphone is a really great device, and point out the only letdown is AT&T's network.

      They have been sly in attacking AT&T while still showing the iphone in a positive light. It's this type of subtle advertising that makes current AT&T iphone users kick themselves in the *** for using a substandard service. Just look at the people on this message board who would switch if the iphone went to Verizon.
    1. Kiserai's Avatar
      Kiserai -
      Quote Originally Posted by flintTC View Post
      My best friend was going to switch to AT&T for the iPhone, but saw the Droid and decided to renew his Verizon contract cause of the Droid hype. He still likes my jailbroken iPhone more and now regrets his decision and can't do anything about it without paying that crazy EFT.
      Doesn't Verizon have the 30 day buyer's remorse period? Most cell phone companies do where you can return the device and just pay a restocking fee and maybe a small additional fee.

      If he's really that unhappy that's what I would recommend.

      And yeah, I really have no beef with AT&T either. In my area our network is good (the old AT&T Wireless and then Cingular both spent a lot of money upgrading the network here) and I never drop calls. Ever. The only time I drop calls is when I'm talking to somebody on another network, but even that's rare.

      My whole city (Spokane) is actually pretty well covered with towers on every network, even in the more rural areas. I know Verizon actually extends a bit farther out of town, but everywhere I ever go I have ample coverage, even in some rural areas where I thought there was no way I would even get a signal, let alone 3G.

      I just wish it was cheaper, or that my work discount would apply towards the data plans. That would drop it quite a bit actually, since I get a good 26% on my minutes plan from my work.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TooSlo View Post
      Just look at the people on this message board who would switch if the iphone went to Verizon.
      I know right...I'm damn sure one of them. God help AT&T if Verizon gets the iPhone. And the fan boys can sit right here and have that sub-standard network alllll to themselves. And then watch their service go to crap if they ever decide to leave their service area and try to drive around the country.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Som1 plz comfirm this rumor
      i need a iphonz 4 verizon!!!!
      I CONFIRM this is a RUMOR
    1. ronblade's Avatar
      ronblade -
      This is a good news but not a very good news. I have used Verizon and I know what kind of cheap service I got from it. Verizon just sucks. I am sure people will agree with it.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I will stick with my AT&T 3G speeds. I have used Verizon's version of what they consider to be 3G and it is nothing more than a glorified Edge connection.
    1. edwilk55's Avatar
      edwilk55 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CaptainChaos View Post
      I will stick with my AT&T 3G speeds. I have used Verizon's version of what they consider to be 3G and it is nothing more than a glorified Edge connection.
      I'll switch so I can actually get and keep a signal when I move 3 feet left or right of an existing signal.