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Verizon rushing its 4G for Apple?

updated 05:30 pm EDT, Fri July 24, 2009

Verizon Rushing 4G

Verizon is accelerating the launch of its 4G network for an unknown purpose that might involve Apple, a leak maintains. Although the provider has officially postponed its Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G network to the second half of 2010, a purported veteran source of TechCrunch now says the network build out is being accelerated with an early 2010 release once again in mind. The accelerated schedule supposedly involves at least one "non-dongle" device, most likely meaning a handheld.

The same tipster also "definitely" says there is some credibility to the revived rumors of an Apple tablet and implies that the touchscreen device would support LTE, giving it a much faster link to the Internet. It would skirt around the still-ongoing iPhone exclusivity deal as it wouldn't include an option for phone calls and may not have a microphone at all. Speculation also exists that Apple may try to avoid subsidies, which would force it to link the tablet to a two-year contract. The data-only nature would, however, mean that monthly rates would be much lower.

Whether this exact model will go through is uncertain. The latest tablet rumor points to the tablet using noticeably slower 3G, not 4G. However, many early 4G handhelds and network adapters are expected to be mixed-mode devices that support some form of 3G. The move would let Apple guarantee national coverage immediately and promise better speeds as 4G expands.

Whether or not it would support only Verizon is also a mystery: although AT&T will eventually move to LTE, any 3G modem in the tablet would have to support both EVDO and HSPA at the same time. Qualcomm's Gobi chip can fulfill this role but doesn't support 4G, which would force a second LTE component.

LTE once it deploys in the real world should give download speeds of about 12Mbps, or several times faster than either EVDO- or HSPA-based 3G. Many carriers expect this to allow HD video downloads and two-way video calls. [image via AppleInsider]




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  1. Constable Odo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Please let this rumor be

    true. The sooner the faster standard hits the streets the better it will be for Apple and users. Goodbye to the one carrier restriction. It's a good compromise to offer one type of device on one network and another device on the other. Verizon had better wise up and listen to Apple this time around.

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Problem

    What would be the fallback for an iPhone 4G? I mean, if Apple "claimed" that CDMA is going the way of the dodo bird, why would they stick it into an iPhone 4G so that the phone would have service in areas where 4G isn't deployed?

    And with the way Verizon acts about touting how it has "the best network", I doubt we'll be seeing any roaming agreements into T-Mobile's GSM network (you can FORGET about any Verizon iPhone roaming onto AT&T's network, they couldn't pay them enough!). I mean, if Apple really wants to partner with Verizon as well as have a "world phone", then they are going to have to stick have both GSM and CDMA in the same phone, otherwise it's going to run into problems with needing to produce several different types of iPhones, which will no doubt kill profits.

  1. siromega

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Tri-protocol support

    CDMA is a dead technology walking, however it will be supported for at least another 5 years - it will take that long (if not longer) to not only supplant Verizon's current CDMA network, as well as get through the lifecycle of current generation CDMA devices.

    If, when the exclusivity is over, Apple would make a 4G iPhone, it would support CDMA GSM LTE. It could be used for Verizon or AT&T.

  1. lysolman

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Current Chipsets

    Current chipsets by Qualcomm and the like for 4G LTE support LTE, EVDO, CDMA, UMTS, & GSM all in the same chipset.

    You have been informed.

  1. joesporleder

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    I'd like an iPhone

    I'd like an iPhone, but not sure if it'll get here to my part of rural Kansas. Alltel is my current provider, soon to be Verizon. I have unlimited broadband tethering a Razr2 to my MacBook, for an extra $25 a month above my voice plan. Speeds average about 500Kbps down and 100Kbps up. Supposedly AT&T was able to pick up some rural networks that Verizon was required to diverse as part of the merger with Alltel. Some of these rural networks were GSM (I'm thinking eastern 1/2 of Kansas is one of them) that Alltel leased out to GSM carriers, since their network is CDMA. Maybe AT&T could offer service in my area then if that is so. I'd be satisfied with 2G speeds at this point (but wouldn't care about paying for 3G speeds).

  1. MacOS

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Newton??

    Yawn, a modification of Newton rumors. Rumors are a tacit used by companies to keep its name in the news and to fuel interest. A so called inside source is told by managers to release bogus info.

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