iPhone to come in CDMA flavor soon?

iPhone to come in CDMA flavor soon?
9to5Mac has some interesting information that, if true, could bring the iPhone 3G to the Verizon Wireless network. The tipster that reported to the Mac enthusiast website is reported to have close connections to Verizon. According to his intel, Verizon and Apple will announce a CDMA-based iPhone in 2009, and perhaps even as early as MacWorld 2009. While many are under the assumption that AT&T and Apple signed an exclusivity agreement during the launch of the iPhone on their network, confusion surrounds the actual end date, and no such document is available for the public.

Apple is also hiring for various positions that stipulate knowledge of CDMA and EVDO, lending further credence to the rumor. With existing partnerships with Vodafone (Verizon Wireless is jointly owned by Vodafone and Verizon Communications), the contract could be a bit easier to negotiate. In addition, Apple originally wanted to go with Verizon for the original iPhone, however moved to AT&T when negotiations stalled.

Something to take with a grain of salt, however there are legitimate claims to back up the rumors.

Source: 9to5Mac via BGR

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82 Comments

1. unregistered

and let the "OMG THEY GONNA CRIPPLE IT!!!!" begin. lol but seriously id buy one on VZW, only reason im with them is my dad works for them and i get a sweet discount

7. unregistered

Cripple WHAT!? HAHA the iphone doesn't HAVE anything to cripple! Is VZW going to cripple the bluetooth, the mms messaging, or the GPS? lol. What a joke. Now that it is 200$ I will sell it, but only to the customers that say, "I need something that doesn't have any bells and whistles." "You just perfectlly described the iphone."

9. unregistered

Wow. This is the first iphone thread where Verizon users aren't bashing the iphone. This just proves my point that the Verizon users who complain about the iphone would buy one if it was to come to Verizon Wireless. It just shows that Verizon that some (not all) verizon users wanted the iphpone but because they couldn't have it, they decided to bash on the iphone

46. unregistered

iphone is a cool phone, but not worth swithing to att for...if it came to VZW then I would get it...

55. unregistered

You are stupid. By 09' someone is already going to have something that will hands down beat the iPhone.

64. unregistered

it's 2008 - who has something that is beating the iPod hands down.....keep dreaming all u iPhone haters..unfortunately, I am stuck with VZ because my wife works there and btw I am on my 3rd different Windows Mobile device (XV6700, 700WX, Q9C)...all crap...

66. nwcrep unregistered

The reason you hate verizon isn't the service-its that u are using a windows mobile device. try the dare. it beats the iPhone on all levels hands down.

77. unregistered

Those phones are crap! Try the xv6900, great phone!

80. unregistered

I work for verizon and the software on our phones is much better than att has on the iphone. If it came here then it would be a ton better cause of our network. att internet covers 40% of the population while verizon covers 85% so it will run a lot smoother on verizon

81. anti-microsoft unregistered

The VX6900 Are you mad? Take windows vista a terrible touch screen and what do you have? A frozen disaster that doesn't function and a touch screen that makes you almost go MAD! Any device that uses Windows Mobile is a waste of money and time. I can't wait for the day Microsoft dies and Macintosh leads the way.

2. Baxterb unregistered

This is just good news for consumers the more choices the better. besides verizons data network is bigger than at&ts

40. unregistered

thats what she said

78. anon unregistered

lmao.....

3. VZW Emp unregistered

NOT gonna happen! Come on!!

63. emansiri unregistered

Welcome iphone in Asia

4. unregistered

Dude are you guys serious! THINK OF THE MCDONOLDS COMMERCIAL! "HEY! IT COULD HAPPEN!" An sure Verizon is know for crippling phones OS, but it would make little to no sense to do it to the Iphone. That would cause way to much drama for the people who want Verizon but went to ATT for the phone itself. Verizon would lose money they could have made. AN WE ALL KNOW! THEY LIKE TO MAKE MONEY! ON EVERYTHING INCLDING THE AIR WE BREATH!!

5. unregistered

At&t's agreement is for 5 years of exclusivity. Which means for the next 4.5 years At&t will be offering the iPhone. This is why Verizon is exclusive for life on the Blackberry Storm (its iPhone killer). Apple has no interest in selling phones in 6% of the world. CDMA is an outdated technology and with LTE is right around the corner CDMA is soon to die, Verizon and At&t have already committed billions of dollars to LTE. GSM/UMTS is used in every major country in the world and covers 90% of all wireless markets. Apple is more concerned with world domination then introducing a product that competes with itself. Steve Jobs is a lot smarter than that. So i call shannnagans on this one.

8. unregistered

I call shannnagans on your comment. Produce a legit document that says AT&T has a 5 year excusivity on iphone. Produce a document that says Verizon has an exclucivity for life on the storm. Both cannot be found. Apple would stand to make BANK selling iphones to the new biggest provider in the U.S.A. otherwise they would never have restricted sales to AT&T for a year. And explain how selling the iphone at VZW is in any way Apple competing with themselves? You are right about one thing though. Steve Jobs IS a lot smarter than you think he is.

16. unregistered

If the contract was for "iphone" all they would have to do is name it something else like "iphone CDMA" or some shit and they could sell whatever they want. Alot of loopholes in legal contracts

24. unregistered

1.....the i phone is no longer exclusive to just ATT, that was a story 4 months ago ....try and keep up 2....the storm is exclusive to VZW as long as they maintain sales numbers for it 3....CDMA is available in 187 countries around the world. Steve Jobs made a product for the most out dates technology to date, GSM.... 4....pwned

33. LOL@USir unregistered

I'd be curious to wonder where you get the idea that GSM is out of date when verizon themselves have committed to LTE which is the current evolution of GSM. Also what carrier here in the US has decided to go with UMB, which is CDMA's 4G technology? You my good sir have failed.

37. unregistered

GSM is an outdated technology, just because most the world uses it doesn't change the fact. The fact that Europe uses GSM does not benefit callers in America, the fact that CDMA can hold more callers per tower does benefit callers in America. And the fact that LTE is an evolution of GSM doesn't null the fact that GSM is outdated. Thats like saying the Playstation isn't outdated because the PS3 is an evolution of it. Basically... GSM

72. unregistered

anybody dating kathy Griffin is not smart!

82. unregistered

I am employed by one of the top two carriers and when a phone is considered exclusive to a company, generally the manufacturer and carrier have an agreement that a certain number of devices needs to be sold for it to remain exclusive. With this it doesn't mean that they have a 5 year contract or 3 year or whatever it is. If AT&T needs to sell 500,000 iPhones in a year and they sell 400,000, then yes Apple is going to try to expand and get more out there. They aren't competing with themselves, they just put their devices in more places. There are Verizon customers that would never switch to AT&T for a phone, and vice versa, it has a lot to do with the company. I know the iPhone will not be AT&T's for ever, and the Storm will not be exclusive to Verizon forever. Apple will have a new phone, and blackberry will make a second generation of the touch screen, its how technology expands.

6. unregistered

for as much as i hate to admit it, if they put it on our network... i'd consider it. maybe they could add a keyboard too, touscreens are nice but it's nice to have solid buttons too

10. unregistered

i would get it in a heartbeat!! im not hating on the iphone at all.. vzw could fix that mms issue though, that is a must! but money for my sti would be sick! and having the storm and the iphone.. the only decision now is which one?

44. unregistered

i too think the iphone is a GOOD phone. i dont think there is anything unique about it, other than it does everything prettier than other smartphones. and plus, i have a hard time believing that verizon is going to let users use their itunes and not rhapsody, considering how much they are pushing that now.

11. unregistered

i don't think that it would be all that hard for apple to make a cdma version considering that they will not be changing much to the current design. although i can not say that it would make me buy a iphone. there are some things that i think that it needs before i commit.

17. unregistered

It's all about the network and that's why i never got it in the first place.

12. unregistered

I doubt they would produce a CDMA variant. The only place it would be lucrative would be in the Americas and South Korea, the two largest CDMA markets. CDMA is pretty much at an end-of-life, with carriers looking at LTE for the future.

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