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iPhone 4 N92 prototype spotted with SIM slot?

updated 06:10 pm EDT, Tue October 19, 2010

iPhone 4 N92 variant possibly seen in first photos

Apple's elusive CDMA iPhone 4, known to most as the N92, may have been spotted in a leak. The early version of the device, part of the DVT (design verification test) stage, purportedly arrived briefly in a repair shop in Vietnam loaded with the same Inferno test firmware Apple uses but identifying it as a new "N92DVT" variant. Richy Rich was told that it still had a micro SIM card slot, supporting theories that it may be dual-mode and either provide basic world roaming or serve as a true every-carrier model that replaces the existing iPhone.

The possibility also exists that the SIM slot may be a carryover or feint in prototypes that wouldn't give away Apple's plans.

While rumors such as these are tentative and should be treated with a high degree of caution, Vietnamese news sites, phone dealers and repair outlets were the sources of multiple, accurate leaks in the months before the original iPhone 4 was confirmed. Companies in the area often have ready access to pre-release prototypes from factories in China.

If recent stories are accurate, Apple is on the verge of producing CDMA iPhones after getting to the final stage of testing, known as AP. A launch on Verizon is increasingly expected for early next year and gained credulity with official Verizon sales of iPads beginning later this month.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Jonathan-Tanya

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If only they'd develop a GSM version

    then we could run the phone on t-mobile

    --yes, I know it is GSM already, so what is the friggin holdup anyway.

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969


    and gained credulity

    Cool and very unusual typo! Should be credibility.

  1. HectorHGM

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Al Gore

    So this guy gets one in his shop for a brief visit and he takes stupid angle shots of it? Why can't he take as many shots as he did but straight on each side?

  1. ZinkDifferent

    Joined: Dec 1969


    CDMA SIM slots

    Apparently, everyone seems to have missed that CDMA does support the use of a SIM slot for device identification.

    CDMA2000 uses SIM cards.

    Amazed how clueless alleged 'analysis' and 'journalists' are.

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