Apple buying CDMA chips for Verizon branded iPhone?

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Apple buying CDMA chips for Verizon branded iPhone?
According to insiders involved with the project, Apple has lined up millions of CDMA chips from Qualcomm in preparation for a CDMA version of the iPhone 4. The device, expected to be launched this January by Verizon, is expected to have the same design as the latest release except it will include internal insulation to prevent the decrease in signal seen when the unit is held in the infamous "death-grip". Production is expected to start this fall with a rollout of the phone in January 2011.

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1. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

got to be honest I hope not!!

21. vzwman

Posts: 385; Member since: Oct 26, 2009


27. rfrapp

Posts: 77; Member since: Jun 10, 2010


39. JeffdaBeat unregistered

One of my buddies that works for Verizon actually brought up a really good point. Why would you wait until after the busiest buying seasons in the nation to release a phone. January in retail is notorious for slow sales. If most folks are already in contract or have renewed by then, why would Apple put out a new iPhone in January?

43. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Your comment makes a lot of sense, however who cares if they do or not . Not I.

47. Trudat unregistered

You just answered your own question. If January's generally slow why not put out an Iconic device. After this article however any customers thinking of going droid will probably opt to wait till Jan for there new device upgrade...I know I am.

48. joguto unregistered

Exactly the point. Vz will have killer sales in the holiday season and then begin the new year with this. Don't get me wrong, I'm a droid guy all the way, but I know a lot, a lot, a lot of people that wants to switch as soo. As soon as vz gets this phone.

49. The Dude unregistered

Because Apple is in contract with AT&T. You have to wait until the terms of a contract expire or risk heavy penalties. AT&T knows the contract is ending soon and knows Apple is going to release the iPhone on other carriers, that's why they were offering anybody a one-time upgrade (with 2-year agreement) up to 6 months early this year.


Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 12, 2010

Think its a little to late apple. Android is out. I wouldn't say taking over but you guys could have had a lot better market share if you wouldn't have waiting so long. Or signed contracts with att so long. That left the window open.

40. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Thing is, you have to stop thinking like a nerd and think like a consumer. To the average consumer, Android is just an iPhone wannabe...of course that isn't reality. There are millions of people in Verizon that would put down their Android phone in a heartbeat for an iPhone. I do think you are right about folks moving from AT&T though...Now that they are in a $325 ETF contract, I think AT&T will stall folks from leaving so quickly. I think there is a reason why they made everyone eligible for an upgrade in 2010 able to get the iPhone 4.

44. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Jeff iphone wannabe? I hardly think so. The androids do something the iphone has trouble doing, work properly.Just face facts the iphone is not the device it used to be. Even on they admitted that the iphone 4 was playing catchup to the droid and it didnt make it.

50. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

jherz.. his point was that to "non informed" consumers, the iphone is the greatest thing since buttered bread and anything else including android is just a wanna be. He even said, of course it isnt actually true. U should read the whole comment before posting a reply.. iphone is for people that wanna be trendy and are not tech savy. android is for people that are more tech savy and want customization and raw power and features.

59. JeffdaBeat unregistered are still thinking like a tech nerd. I am not saying the iPhone is the end all be all. The consumer does! I've always said that is the reason why the iPhone has sold better than any Android phone out there because the iPhone is marketed to consumers and Android is marketed towards nerds. We care about the processor and screen resolution. We care that we can unlock and customize it. Consumers don't give two shits about that because most of the time, they don't even know how to get their email to work or their phone to stop freezing. To a consumer, the iPhone is the best phone on the market. But I think any of us who have worked in retail in general know that the average consumer are idiots. I swear Android fanboys are ridiculous. I bring up a very valid argument as to why you see the iPhone doing well and even that gets buried. Read my entire post and think about it before you bury what I said and offer a reply that has NOTHING to do with what I said.

60. easytochris

Posts: 126; Member since: Jan 21, 2010

i would have to whole heartedly agree. i am an android user for the past year since the mytouch launched and it's a great phone because i can root it and have so many customization options. however i went from the iphone 2g to android, and i currently own an ipad. apple makes a great product that is very simple to use for the majority of consumers that want to have a smartphone, but dont want to have to take the time to learn the ins and outs. This is why the majority of iPhone users have not jailbroken their iphones, only the small percentage of tech savvy people that go to cell phone blogs. For the same reasons we hate apple for locking down their products and making it a pain to customize, the majority of consumers look at it as "there's not much i can do to screw this up" since there isnt much allowed for you to do to screw it up. also i'm not saying that i will switch to an iphone, but with the options that cydia provides to jailbroken ios devices, most things you can get from android, you can now get from iphone. you can tether, you can trick your phone into thinking that the 3g connection is wifi so you are able to run apps you wouldnt normally be able to, with ios4 you can multitask, and there is a 1ghz processor. i hate being a part of the android community sometimes because i swear so many of you guys dont give apple the credit the genuinely deserve.

62. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Good point on eligibilty, except AT&T has been doing that since Year 2.

64. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Remix, so what is your opinion? As a informed consumer as you prefess to be, do you think the droid x is an iphone wanna be? And your right I was a little quick to respond. But Im not sure if I agree, because even with all the different devices out there with the different platforms, such as iphone os, BB, windows based, and the android based smartphones even the average consumer that isnt as tech savy as you or I, and with the high etf's are doing a bit more reseach before buying a device.

66. jherz6

Posts: 217; Member since: May 23, 2008

Hey Jeff, no need to be rude, or call people names. No need for profanity. Did I hit a nerve? Your right I was a bit quick to respond that I should have read your post mor completely. But the day of buying something blindly because of the brandname are all but over. I work in retail, and have for ten years. Our customers are more interested in which item is going to be the best for there needs and get the most bang for there buck, no matter the brandname. If someone goes into a store and wants to buy a blackberry lets say, and has a paticular model in mind has more than likely done there research before they got there. The average consumers arent the mindless idiots you seem to think they are, and we as the well informed sales people it is our job to help our customers make a well informed choice. The androids are just the flavor of the month, just like the iphones were when they first came out, or the blackberry. So fanboys as you call them are just people who are excited about the new boy on the block. Dont forget without our customers we wouldnt have jobs in retail. ftw

67. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

Average consumer says, "Do you have the EVO?" My response, "No, sorry it's out of stock right now. What do you like about the EVO or why you interested in it?" Their response, "Because I hear it's like the iphone..." Seriously, the average consumer compares every phone out there to the iphone.

68. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1. @Jeff. I get what you're saying here man. These jokers appearantly didnt take the time to read your statement, saw the words "iphone wannabe" and started foaming at the mouth.

69. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Sorry...I didn't know saying "gives two shits" offended you. Struck a nerve? I am more annoyed by these boards because just like you, folks get so worked up over this Apple Good war that they stop reading posts. They skim the first few sentences and then make a comment all while burying completely valid comments, points and discussions. I'm sorry, but customers are idiots. That's why folks in retail like you and I have jobs. If they weren't idiots then they wouldn't need us to answer their questions or tell them the handset that best suits what they need. And like EasytoChris said, one of reasons the iPhone is actually great is because it can't easily be messed up by a consumer. I even tell people, play around with it because there is nothing you can do to hurt the phone. I get that Verizon knows they need a different marketing strategy than Apple and so they went the tech root. But that scares the average consumers that are still even slow to text.

70. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

@jherz, did you actually take the time to read what Jeff wrote? Here, for your conveniece, I ahve posted it again: "To the average consumer, Android is just an iPhone wannabe...of course that isn't reality". See, TO THE AVERAGE CONSUMER. To argue with that is just plain deluded. I work in a retail store, and the overwhelming majority of folks who come here always say "Oh, so thats your iPhone equilivent", or "so thats you guys version of the iPhone". The point here is that most consumers don't really get it. They see iPhones and then the see everything trying to copy an iPhone. Now, I am not some iPhone guy, Ive always been a BlackBerry user, until last year when the Droid came out, so please don't think I'm some apple fanboy.

71. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1 @sellcell. Though I don't sell Sprint, that scenario plays out nearly every time someone comes to my store and asks about our Android devices; "because it's like the iPhone, right?" Swear I'm losing my patience with these folks. There are really few things more dangerous and/or annoying than some customer who read something on CNN regarding a rumored release of a device, or a review, and take it to be God's honest truth. I actually had a guy chastise me and cuss me out because I had the audicity to tell him that my carrier will not be selling the Evo 4G (and no, I don;t work at Sprint).

76. dk unregistered

I've had nothing but problems with my droid (and i've had it replaced twice). The concept is great but it has too many bugs still. I've never had any problems with any of my apple products though and neither has my sister who has the iphone 4.

3. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

If it "actually" comes to Verizon this January I'll buy it instead of getting the Droid X. But this is like the 200th rumor about Verizon getting the iPhone. I like my Moto Droid, but it's messed up now after I dropped it but I don't really wanna get a replacement because I want the Droid X but would whether want an iPhone instead but don't wanna go to AT&T wacko service lol.....And I'm not trying to be like that vzwfanman or whatever his name is haha.

65. numberonenygfan

Posts: 211; Member since: Oct 19, 2009

i have the droid x.. its a great phone but the battery is terrible ... wait until they release an extended life battery before upgrading, and haggle the price of that down cause its horrible prob the worst in any phone ive ever had. however the x is easily the best and coolest device ive ever had as far as a phone is concernd. it pretty much does everything. if vzw gets the i phone it wont be to replace android and thats what some of the people on this site keep ssaying as far as android being a replacement for not having an i phone, i dont think you will see the sale of android handsets go down if vzw gets the i phone. it may even help android, based on the amount of people who already have it and are happy, the i phone will bring switchers from other carriers who want the best. and the best will be vzw and their trendy i phone. its going to happen and soon.. just no one knows.. upgrade wisley iphone lovers... haha

72. fishpower187

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 22, 2010

+1 @nyg fan, I agree, it is an eventuality regarding Verizon's aquisition of the iPhone. Still, I just got a droid x and I agree with you there too, the thign is a beast! There is no knocking it. Sure, there is some smartass out there who will rail on its immense screen size. I think its rad, you think its rad, nuff said.

4. tlang1064

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 21, 2010


5. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Great! Yet another OS to troubleshoot.

6. yogabba unregistered

Apple is just too proprietary. Who wants to an iThing when Android devices can outperform without being stuck on just one device/company.

7. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

A friend that works at qualcomm confirmed they are making the cdma chip for the iphone. The only thing he couldnt confirm was for which company. I do believe sprint would be willing the sell their souls to get the iphone, and apple likes money. The smart play would be verizon since they do service approx 2x as many people as sprint. This is just going to be a big deal until the phone comes out, then people will realize this is not the 2nd coming of Jesus.

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