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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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    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by z28kid View Post
      I had the best service with tmobile. I lived in the dorms on nob hill and always had service even in the basement.
      You've also had the best edge connection and lack of speed with T-Mobile. Don't forget that one!

      Quote Originally Posted by carlos916 View Post
      cant wait im sick and tired of all these dropped calls .. and sh!tty coverage!!
      maybe ****** coverage (for you..My connection is great! ) but they are #2 in the country as far as networks.
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      Sounds good until everyone moves to verizon and they have capacity problems.
    1. MrJayRizzie's Avatar
      MrJayRizzie -
      Thanks for the info... I miss my Verizon and hate AT&T and hope Verizon sucks all the money out of AT&T... If this comes to Verizon I am switching on the spot... breaking contract and all!!
    1. dunlapface's Avatar
      dunlapface -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kamil18 View Post
      You do know that, ohh, since a couple of years ago, Verizon stopped touching smartphone OS's....Right?

      I'm guessing that you still think that PC's have blue screens....
      Wait ... are you saying that PC's don't blue screen anymore? If you are, you're an idiot and you have no idea what your talking about.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      Quote Originally Posted by dunlapface View Post
      Wait ... are you saying that PC's don't blue screen anymore? If you are, you're an idiot and you have no idea what your talking about.
      maybe he means PCs that come with the 3.1 OS. (Windows 3.1) ....idk.
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      On many levels it can make sense. Verizon needed to make a splash and cut a window of opportunity to get "a player" into the "app store" frenzy, revenue-wise. Looking at most recent reviews we can already see Droid has potential and excels in several areas but much is still unpolished. They KNEW that but had to cast a player, not because of the player but because of the market share. So if they do bring an iPhone into the foray, they have the best of both worlds. It's not about a company against another, it's more like just "playing the game, business".

      Verizon Droid iDoesn’t Beat iPhone on Browser, Apps, Multi-touch or User Interface

      "Did Verizon and Motorola forget to include a few things in their iDon’t attack ads, like iDon’t render web pages as slowly or badly, iDon’t arbitrarily restrict the amount of apps users can install to 256MB, iDon’t fail to implement multi-touch, and iDon’t have a worse user experience.
      We can’t blame them, of course. They were focusing on the iPhone’s weaknesses, as the geekier among us (nitpickers included!) would have to admit, and not the Droid’s. It was their ad, and fair enough.
      However, for those considering the Droid vs. an iPhone, we should lay all the cards on the table. Sure the iPhone lacks a physical keyboard (that irks some users, pleases others), doesn’t have Google Maps Navigation (yet), doesn’t match all the specs, and has issues with App Store approvals (though that doesn’t effect most users). But what about the Droid?
      (And no, we don’t mean that horrible devil-red eye graphic that’s kind of the opposite of “not evil” and makes that incessant “DRRROOOOOOIIDDD” chime pretty much indistinguishable from “REDRUM!”)
      First, in the perfunctory Browser Battles, it turns out the almost two month old iPhone 3.1 Safari is still king of the mobile mountain, according to MobileCrunch:
      On the popular web-standards test known as Acid3, the iPhone scores a 100/100 while the Droid caps out at 93/100. [...] Once you’ve grown accustomed to pinch-zooming, the level of accuracy provided by tap-zooming alone simply doesn’t cut it. [...] The iPhone browser is also considerably faster, with page loads completing anywhere from 15-30% more quickly with both handsets on WiFi.
      Second, we all know the Android Market doesn’t have as many apps as the App Store, but maybe that’s a good thing since Android 2.0 still doesn’t fix its app space limitation, leaving Droid with a paltry 256MB for apps according to AndroidandMe.com:
      Google does not support installing apps to the SD card (and likely never will), so developers are limited in what they can create. [...] For most applications, we want a small file size to limit the download times. When it comes to 3D games though, we need a ton of space for all the high-res textures, audio, and video. [...] Have you seen all the awesome iPhone and iPod Touch games? Hardly any of them would fit on an Android phone.
      This problem, of course, also plagues the Palm webOS and BlackBerry platforms. NokiaExpert and ZDNet’s Matt Miller’s been told it’s a security issue, but does that matter to end users when iPhone’s can go up to (almost) 32GB?
      Third, if you’re a fan of the iPhone and iPod touch’s (and Magic Mouse’s!) multi-touch, don’t think the Droid will have your fingers covered. According to Engadget:
      As you have probably heard (or guessed), there’s no multitouch on this device. That’s clearly an issue with Android 2.0 and choices that Google is making about user interface
      Fourth, the user interface, while definitely an improvement — and maybe even a refreshing change for some — still doesn’t rise to level of usability as the iPhone. Like MobileCrunch (and every other review we’ve seen), we’ve given our iPhones to toddlers and they’ve been able to use them well.
      That’s still Apple’s killer app. And that’s likely why, even after going all in on Droid and throwing BlackBerry under the bus (even canceling their BOGO!), Verizon still wants the iPhone…"
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by Kamil18 View Post
      You do know that, ohh, since a couple of years ago, Verizon stopped touching smartphone OS's....Right?

      I'm guessing that you still think that PC's have blue screens....
      They do.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      You should have written that in blue heh.
    1. xgus69's Avatar
      xgus69 -
      verizon = cheap phone.. = ridiculous monthly payments...
    1. z28kid's Avatar
      z28kid -
      Quote Originally Posted by hollow0 View Post
      You've also had the best edge connection and lack of speed with T-Mobile. Don't forget that one!
      that may be, I didnt have to worry about dropped calls or bad service. was just making a comment in regards to someone living in the bay area as well.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      About time. At&T is SUCK
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      apple goes to verizon im done im staying with att because i get a 15% medical discount and **** ill just keep JB and UL my iphone, phuck verizon, this is unreal, so dont believe this post
    1. ForumSnoBorderRK's Avatar
      ForumSnoBorderRK -
      highly highly doubt that iphone will ever be for verizon.
      especially judging by the recent commercials, "iDont" and the iPhone being in their winter commercial.

      It just wont happen
    1. astalavistadear's Avatar
      astalavistadear -
      Quote Originally Posted by galaxygrrl View Post
      Oh, Goodness, I hope so. ATT is so horrible in San Francisco. I've been thinking about givening up my iphone.
      how much for shipped to india
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      verizon sucks! i had them for about 6 years. coverage absolutely sucks! thats why i finally switched to at&T. which was the first time i EVER received 3G. NEVER on verizon did i EVER receive anything over E or * . verizon=fail
    1. Fallguy's Avatar
      Fallguy -
      Quote Originally Posted by brotherbond007 View Post
      I hope THEY NEVER make the iPhone for Verizon, NEVER. EVER!! I HOPE APPLE NEVER make products that could be even hacked for use by those blood suckin fu@kers. I HATE VERIZON.. UCK'em.. arrogant bastards.

      yes, its personal.
      Tell us how you really feel .
    1. flintTC's Avatar
      flintTC -
      The age old AT&T and Verizon debate. Which is better, at&t sucks oh no verizon sucks. I had Cingular for 5 years with great service, then I switched to Verizon just cause a relative got me a great deal on a familiy plan. The switch was the biggest mistake I ever made, my service was bad and the phones were worse. I decided to switched to AT&T and I have no complaints what so ever. Apple and Verizon together for the next gen iPhone, I don't think so and I hope not. For me AT&T is way better then Verizon ever was. My 2 cents.

      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.
    1. madczech's Avatar
      madczech -
      in my opinion its just a question of time before apple has to free the iphone for all carriers, it's just a hassle for the carrier who sells the iphone and for apple themselves... and would't apple make more profit freeing the iphone from their chains??? I mean look at china! It lived and still lives off the grey market for kailbreaked and unlocked iphones... and what does the official carrier learn from it? The dont sell the iPhones because their ust to expensive with the contract! hello apple, arent you the company who just behind the profit? My opinion their going the wrong wrong way
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by €hR!$ View Post
      It's just business, and Apple knows that. The "Droid does" ad campaign will not affect Apple's decision to go to Verizon. When they're ready, they will.
      Yes, but I doubt verizon would pump so much money into marketing the droid onto their network as being better than the iphone if they are jumping to grab the iphone themselves... THAT is bad business...

      In any case I hope it is true so hundreds of thousands of people jump onto verizon's network and overload it so that people can see that it isn't so much ATT is crappy but rather it is overloaded. Verizon WILL get overloaded too, guaranteed.
    1. sphangman's Avatar
      sphangman -
      Not going to happen, and here's why :

      • making a cdma phone excludes the 8GB to the rest of the world. Are they really going to make a phone just for the US so they can't reap the rewards of the cheap sales everywhere else.?