RUMOR: Verizon and Apple testing CDMA iPhone on Verizon’s 4G LTE network

“We all know that Verizon started testing their 4G network earlier this year and that Verizon plans to roll out their LTE network on the 700 MHz spectrum sometime next year,” FoneFrenzy reports.

“My sources have confirmed that Apple and Verizon have been testing a CDMA iPhone on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Yes, you read that correctly, Verizon and Apple have been testing the first 4G phone on Verizon’s 4G network,” FoneFrenzy reports. “The tests have been taking place for the last couple of months but with no confirmation on the release date.”

FoneFrenzy reports, “It would make good fiscal sense for Apple (and Verizon) to release the first CDMA iPhone right here in the United States running on Verizon’s new 4G network, with announcement expected in 2010 at Apple’s WWDC.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “JB” for the heads up.]


  1. I thought 4G LTE wasn’t CDMA anymore.

    Just a thought.

    If true, though, look for Apple’s iPhone sales to go through the roof in the U.S. and for A T & T’s numbers to take a hit.


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  2. @ManMan is right. Steve Jobs does not forget.

    And besides, the commercial may be produced by Motorola, but it was co-announced with Verizon and redirects to a verizon-operated site.

    It’ll be a cold day before Verizon gets a 4G iPhone. . . They’ll have to kowtow all the way up to Cupertino, hat-in-hand.

  3. Verizon needs something to “compete” with the iPhone until it gets the iPhone. Thus, Droid.

    Verizon will get the iPhone. Steve may be upset at Verizon, but they have too many potential iPhone users to ignore forever. It’s too smart of a business move not to do.

    Also, don’t forget that the reason Verizon doesn’t have the iPhone already is that Apple was trying to get a share of the monthly revenue. Once other countries shot down this arrangement, Apple gave up on it and moved to a conventional subsidized phone model.

  4. Sorry, but that site is not reputable and there is no reason for us to believe their “sources”. Verizon will NOT get the iPhone for quite some time, if ever. Apple should stick with AT&T;and open it up in the U.S. to include T-Mobile. That would give people at least a little more choice without having to build a whole new phone to support their network.

  5. @ Bunsen Honeydew —

    The way I understand it, the phone needs an alternative signal to fall back on for when the LTE network is unavailable, similar to the way a 3G phone will use Edge when 3G is unavailable.

    If the iPhone were to operate on an LTE network, that has CDMA running behind it, that would make the phone very unreliable in areas with poor LTE coverage, as is guaranteed to be the case, at least initially, and in “lower priority” areas.

  6. I don’t think Apple would be put off by Verizon’s latest Droid ads. Business is business. Apple and Verizon aren’t partners today. But if there is money to be made, they will gladly partner up.

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