Verizon: One Next-Gen iPhone Will Support Both AT&T and Verizon
During the Reuters Global Technology Summit, Fran Shammo, Chief Financial Officer of Verizon, mentioned how the next iPhone will include simultaneous support for CDMA and GSM networks. This would allow AT&T and Verizon to sell the same iPhone models, thus there would be no delays between the carriers’ availability. He goes on to echo reports of how there will not be LTE.
“I think [a potential lack of LTE support is] a bigger issue for Apple than it is for us,” he said. “Depending on where Apple plays, that’s where we’ll sell.”
Since the next-generation iPhone will be a “world phone” according to Shammo, a guy who obviously has insider information, it will be possible to use it on a larger variety of carriers worldwide. The dual CDMA/GSM compatibility is more significant for Verizon than AT&T since a majority of global carriers utilize GSM rather than Verizon’s CDMA network structure.
Though sales on Verizon have been quite good, they still have not been as good as expected. Shammo remains optimistic, highlighting how the iPhone 4 was already six months old when Verizon began to offer it. The next iPhone will be a better indication of sales potential on Verizon since it will be purchasable on the carrier from the first day that it is released in the U.S.