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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...
11-12-2009, 04:23 PM #1
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.
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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11-12-2009, 04:25 PM #2
Oh, Goodness, I hope so. ATT is so horrible in San Francisco. I've been thinking about givening up my iphone.
11-12-2009, 04:26 PM #3
I go to Verizon now...now..now....
11-12-2009, 04:47 PM #4
After all of that "Everything iDon't, Droid does" advertising, it doesn't seem to likely.
11-12-2009, 05:08 PM #5
11-12-2009, 05:10 PM #6
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11-12-2009, 05:25 PM #7
Enough with the speculations already. It is a well worn path.
11-12-2009, 05:29 PM #8
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11-12-2009, 05:38 PM #9
even though its going to be "world phone" I'm still not thrill that they're locking it down to Verizon only.
11-12-2009, 05:43 PM #10
I am ready not sure about the nano part I like my screen size but we will see what happens lets get it out of the rumor mill and into real production
11-12-2009, 05:47 PM #11
11-12-2009, 05:53 PM #12
oh goodie! another rumor...
11-12-2009, 06:12 PM #13
that's why we jailbreak
and I really have no complains about Att
11-12-2009, 06:22 PM #14
Well, if this is rumor or not Pogue had this to say about Verizon.....
Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now?
By DAVID POGUE
Starting next week, Verizon will double the early-termination fee for smartphones. That is, if you get a BlackBerry, Android or similar phone from Verizon, and you decide to switch phones before your two-year contract is up, you'll be socked with a $350 penalty (it used to be $175).
This fee drops slowly over time ($10 a month), but after two years, it's still $110. If the premise of the early-termination fee is to help Verizon recoup its original cost of the phone (see my analysis here How Much It Costs to Upgrade to an iPhone 3G S - Pogue’s Posts Blog - NYTimes.com), shouldn't the fee go down to zero at the end of your contract?
This move doesn't help Verizon's reputation for steep pricing and aggressive gouging.
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11-12-2009, 06:22 PM #15
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.
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11-12-2009, 06:24 PM #16
*EDIT* would not like the amounts Verizon wants to start charging if they are going to...
I can't help myself... if I could jump on Verizon right this minute I would pay my way out in a heart beat! This year in Florida my service is just awful and I mean awful!
I like At&t just not where I am at right now.... supposed to get a new tower in Jan so we will see...
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11-12-2009, 06:29 PM #17
11-12-2009, 06:56 PM #18
Verizon's and and UMTS
i think its kinda funny apple couldn't decide so they put both how nice lol
11-12-2009, 07:02 PM #19
11-12-2009, 07:06 PM #20
cant wait im sick and tired of all these dropped calls .. and sh!tty coverage!!
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