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Global LTE confirmed in new iPhone, Samsung to sue

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By Phil Dzikiy

News Editor, iLounge
Published: Monday, September 10, 2012
News Categories: Apple, iPhone

Confirming prior speculation, the new iPhone will indeed support global LTE cellular technology, The Wall Street Journal reports, though most likely not for every mobile carrier. The Journal’s sources were unclear about which carriers or countries would be left out of the loop, and suggested that supporting multiple LTE radio bands was the key challenge. The new iPhone will almost certainly follow past precedent, falling back to support the fastest non-LTE speed of a supported carrier’s network.

However, Apple’s use of LTE won’t be uncontested. Confirming previous reports, Samsung will sue Apple for allegedly infringing on its 4G LTE patents, according to The Korea Times. A Samsung official quoted in the story said the U.S. and European countries are the “primary targets” in another legal battle against Apple.

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How about an explanation as to why these patents are critical to LTE but are not included in FRAND the way previous patents were?

Isn’t Qualcomm the supplier of the radio/LTE chip?  (From previous stories) Why would they sell a chip which violates patents? 

At one time I negotiated licensing for mobile companies, everyone who licensed something (like an LTE chip or stack) insisted on indemnity and liability in the event of a lawsuit.

Even had an Asian manufacturer want to indemnify a whole product is the Chinese government wouldn’t approve the embedded Chinese character fonts.

Posted by digitalFlack on September 11, 2012 at 10:43 AM (PDT)

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