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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011
News Categories: iPhone

Speaking during a conference call discussing the company’s Q1 2011 results, Verizon Wireless CFO Fran Shammo hinted that the next iPhone will be a “world phone,” capable of running on both CDMA and GSM networks, according to a Barron’s report. When asked about the Average Revenue Per User (APRU) growth of 2.2 percent in Q1, compared to growth of 2.5 percent in the prior quarter, Shammo replied, “[t]he fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device.” The chips Apple used in both the CDMA iPhone 4 and iPad 2 are capable of connecting to CDMA and GSM networks, but Apple chose not to take advantage of the chip’s GSM capabilities, including only CDMA-specific antennas in each device. A true “world phone” iPhone would allow Apple to build only one model of the iPhone, which it could distribute to both CDMA and GSM carriers.

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I think this is entirely possible and I expect this will happen.  The current Verizon iPhone 4 can already do it, just not enabled via software.  Maybe that’s what iOS 5.x will bring to the table.

Posted by impaler on April 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM (PDT)


#1- Look more carefully, while the chipset in the CDMA phone is capable of GSM, it has a CDMA-specific antenna and that’s not something that an iOS update is going to change.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on April 21, 2011 at 5:32 PM (PDT)

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