No iPhone with LTE 4G Until 2012? Next iPhone Might be World Phone
The iPhone rumors are nearly at a boil, and everyone thinks that a Verizon iPhone is a done deal on the horizon. However, the Verizon iPhone due in early 2011 will not have long term evolution (LTE or 4G) network abilities. Verizon is still working on rolling out its nationwide LTE network and Apple feels its better to forgo the new technology for now. According to TechCrunch, the iPhone 5 due next year during the usual iPhone refresh cycle will lack LTE technology as well. Before you get upset, realize that TechCrunch is saying it will be a GSM/CDMA world phone and will thus work on every carrier in the world. That pacify you?
Both Verizon and AT&T are hard at work getting LTE ready for the masses, but realize that 3G is here to stay for at least a few more years. Newer 3G speeds are practically 3.5G and even Verizon is supposedly working on getting its technology to allow it to do simultaneous voice and data over its network. Remember those AT&T commercials were the guy has two Verizon phones so he can surf the web and talk at the same time? Verizon wants to fix that.
The Verizon iPhone coming out early next year will most likely be just an iPhone 4 with a CDMA radio inside for Verizon. The iPhone 5—if it really is a world phone—will have the ability to work right out of the box on every carrier; provided it’s unlocked. The whole pesky jail/break method will have to work for those who are not willing to buy an unlocked model. However, how do you feel about the possibility of a Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and possibly even Cricket Wireless iPhone? The new model is also expected to use near field communications (NFC) technology and have digital wallet abilities.
Excited about the possibilities next year regarding iOS? Let me know if you really think the rumors are on track here. With every blog and even the Wall Street Journal proclaiming a Verizon iPhone soon, it just has to be true doesn’t it? Keep your fingers crossed. Things could still fall apart between now and then. Let’s hope we get our Verizon iPhone and a world phone iPhone 5. Things are starting to look good in iOS land.gsm, LTE, CDMA, 4G, Apple iPhone