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iPhone for Verizon may use Qualcomm chip, go CDMA-only

updated 05:40 pm EST, Wed January 6, 2010

VZ iPhone may lack world roaming

A Verizon iPhone is coming but may not have the world roaming some users would want, Northeast Securities analyst Ashok Kumar claims today. After contacting Apple's suppliers, the researcher believes Qualcomm has landed a deal to produce a CDMA iPhone but that it won't be a dual-mode phone with both CDMA and GSM and consequently can't leave North America with cellular service intact. BlackBerries like the Storm2 and Tour have such features themselves.

Kumar asserts that Apple had originally asked for a dual chip but allegedly wasn't happy with the results, instead opting for a more conventional design. It's not said what triggered the purported disappointment, though dual-network phones have often had significant if sometimes artificial limitations in their frequency support.

Whether or not GSM iPhones continue using Infineon's chips also isn't discussed.

The accuracy of the analyst's sources isn't clear and may run in the face of Qualcomm's own developments. It recently unveiled a HSPA+ and CDMA hybrid chipset that would not only supply calling but the best possible 3G data on both network types. Its feasibility as an iPhone candidate may depend on timing as it should reach shipping hardware before the end of the year, though Apple often prefers a mid-year release window for iPhones.

Apple has also previously described CDMA as a "dead" technology as it will be phased out once its carriers move completely over to LTE for their 4G networks.

Even if Apple continues to use Infineon for its GSM iPhones, however, any Qualcomm decision is likely to be a blow to the former as it has based a significant amount of its recent revenue on its deal with Apple.

by MacNN Staff



  1. boris_cleto

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Want what he's smoking

    Monkeys may fly out of my butt, but that doesn't mean it's ever going to happen.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not international? Not a big deal.

    I really doubt the phone being CDMA only would be a big deal, since if many of verizon's customers had cared about such things, they wouldn't be verizon customers...

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not caring vs no ability.

    There are vzw sold dual mode phones such as the BB tour that work internationally, but it locks out of att, tmob etc when in the usa. I think a dual chip would be best, however i think there may be worries about mass exoduses (for vzw not att) & then there are the implications of theft, fraud & uneven distribution. Most vzw customers don't think for a moment about international usage. My ex girlfriend had a dual band older gsm phone on cingular & had to buy an international (quad band) nokia from a PPU vodafone when her family went to europe. When she got home she used that phone instead till her contract wad up, mainly because she also went to france later the same year to work for 2 months.

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