Analyst Corroborates Rumors Of CDMA+GSM iPhone In 2010
Northwest Securities is corroborating rumors that Apple’s next iPhone for 2010 will support both CDMA and WCDMA wireless data network technologies, as well as the international standard, HSPA. The change would allow the device to operate on non-GSM wireless companies in the US, including Verizon, the nation’s largest cellular network provider, and still work in foreign countries that only have GSM networks.
The change was believed to be possible thanks to the recent creation of a chipset that supports both competing network standards. For the rumors of an iPhone with this chipset to be true, however, the chip would also need to support EVDO and HSPA.
Verizon is also rumored to be starting assembly of a 4G network that would utilize the international LTE network standard, but any impact this has on Apple’s plans is currently unknown.