Next Verizon iPhone to work in the same countries as AT&T's, for LTE version all eyes on Apple

Next Verizon iPhone to work in the same countries as AT&T's, for LTE version all eyes on Apple
Verizon's CFO Fran Shammo spilled some of Apple's plans at the Reuters Technology Summit. Much like the "global device" slip of the tongue on the earnings call he produced, now he said that the next iPhone, which is likely to be introduced in September, will work in as many countries as AT&T's phones work.

This can only mean one thing, that Apple's next phone will sport a dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio, from the likes produced by Qualcomm. What it also means is that the iPhone 4S or 5, or whatever it gets named, will be introduced for both Verizon and AT&T at the same time.

As for an LTE version of the Apple iPhone, Mr Shammo says literally "I think it's a bigger issue for Apple than it is for us. Depending on where Apple plays, that's where we'll sell." With most analyst doubtful that the next iPhone will have LTE connectivity, be it because Qualcomm can't produce enough LTE chips to go into a handset with the sales volumes of the iPhone, or because Apple is just waiting it out, the chances for an LTE-capable iPhone this year are pretty slim.

source: Reuters

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14 Comments

1. jbash

Posts: 345; Member since: Feb 07, 2011

thats good news for travelers

12. newfdog 13

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

I've been waiting a long time for that. Not having a good world phone on Verizon has been tedious. Now if Apple would cut the crap with its vendetta with Adobe and give us Flash, we'd then have a true high end world phone.

2. vic24 unregistered

Well that's good for people who travel to places like Europe and Australia and Asia.but For people who travel to Mexico like me and have Verizon it sucks. Because Mexico is turning all of its cdma network into gsm. I have the Motorola Droid global edition from Verizon and just got back from Mexico. It works fine on all the big cities like Guadalajara, Mexico city were cdma coverage is still available cuz its dissapearing but in the outsides of the city in the little townns it don't work at all cuz its gsm only my girlfriends atrix was roaming and hers worked everywhere in the big city's and the small ones outside. What sucked was that on my droid it would find telcel gsm obviously cuz its a world phone on the networks available but it wudnt let me connect to them idk why I guess Verizon doesn't have gsm roaming agreements with them. So I had no service on my phone while my girlfriends att atrix had full bars and was roaming on telcel she even got an H+ icon.

4. yrh8tn

Posts: 2; Member since: May 05, 2010

I had the exact phone you do when I went to Mexico and my wife had the Droid Pro and they worked everywhere across the boarder. All I did was called customer service and they activated the SIM cards for me. They even had unlimited data added so that I could use the internet and email and not have any roaming charges. When I got back I called customer service and they change my plan back to what I had. All i paid extra was like $12 for each phone which was well worth it to be able to stay connected to everyone. Even google maps was working. Next time make sure you do that because

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

vic24. They said it was going to have both GSM and CDMA radios. That's a good thing! As for you not getting service, there are a lot of different things that could have caused your issue. EX: Did you Activate the SIM card? Did you unlock the SIM? Was your data roaming enabled? Was your PRL up to date? Etc, etc, etc. But your phone should work in Mexico for sure. You may need to call tech support to find out what's happening, but it should work.

5. vic24 unregistered

@yrh8tn and whatever man are u sure u guys were on gsm mode In Mexico? Cuz I just went to the Verizon store right now to pay my bill lol huge bill... anyways I talked to the girl that worked there her name was michelle and told her Im going to Mexico (even tho im not)and showed her what phone I have and she told me that it will only work in cdma in Mexico not gsm mode. She seemed to know her stuff pretty well. She even advised me to buy a prepaid gsm Mexican phone if no cdma coverage is available to the town I go to. Cuz my phone won't work in gsm mode in mexico only cdma. Like I said I had that problem last time I went to Mexico my phone only worked in cdma in the big cities. But not in the small towns that are gsm only And yes I had my prl updated. But I cudnt connect to a gsm network. So yea I'm confused? Cuz she told me it wont work in gsm mode which I found that out the hard way but u guys are saying it does? Good thing I had my girlfriends atrix as a backup phone cuz hers worked.

6. eh unregistered

She doesnt know her stuff, next time you go to verizon ask them for the global support team phone number. Any phone sold by verizon that states its global has a sim card. Upon activation that sim allows you to use networks in 205 countries,. Your phone primarily functions as A CDMA if you do not activate your sim then it only works in areas that use CDMA networks hince you only had reception in the major metropolitan area. The only thing she was right about was getting a prepaid in Mexico, I would advise that if you frequent the country. If not call global support activate your sim. Also, the minute rate is per country (global support has the usage charges for all countries the phone works in, you could check online as well) and the global data plan is 50 or 60 if I remember correctly. It is prorated for only during your days abroad. yrh8tn is correct 12, they only had to pay for it while they were there. I am a former verizon representative this information is sound. Also when you go to stores if you want the best ask for the sr sales rep, they are sales reps who are M.O.D. (managers on duty). Most times they are very knowledgeable

7. vic24 unregistered

@eh thank u. Very mucho

8. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

@ vic24. These guys yrh8tn and eh are spot on! The reps in the stores are great at selling phones and some have really good knowledge of VZW phone features. But when it comes to the particulars, I would suggest talking with tech support and in your case with the Global Support team just as eh mentioned. They can tell you for sure where you can go, but I am 110% sure that your phone will work in Mexico. Also, when you call, ask them about unlocking your SIM. This will allow you to buy a SIM card from Mexico, put it into your current VZW global phone and use your Droid with their SIM cards. It'll be cheaper and more convenient then buying a separate pre-pay phone. And lastly...have fun in Mexico!

9. rich unregistered

"First...We can sell the iphone with a bigger screen!!! Second... we can sell an iphone with a new body style!!! THEN... we can sell ANOTHER iphone with LTE capabilities!! OOOO yes! the money we can rake by dragging out the progression!" - Jobs 4:16 heh. what a joke.

10. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Apple would not be wise to roll out an LTE iPhone yet cause AT&T's network is in it's infancy, T-Mo doesn't have LTE or a long term plan for it yet, and Sprint is on it's way (most likely) to making LTE. So they'd rather I'm sure wait for more carriers to have it to order some more. As it is now they can make batch A for T-Mo/AT&T and Batch B for Sprint and Verizon.Making an LTE model would fragment the phone production even more.

11. iPhone Apps Development unregistered

Next iphone is coming up with Verizon’s network. And it is really amazing that it is going to support two networks CDMA and GSM.Simply great!!

14. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I still prefer AT&T even though I'm with them. Cause I can use my phone world wide. When i was in another country still get good signal. but didn't used it cause international rates would rise up. But it's good news for people on Verizon. AND STOP TALKING BOUT A 4G IPHONE.

16. Yassham

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 09, 2011

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