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. 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.

  2. @ 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Anybody that thinks Verizon is going to get the iPhone doesn’t understand the technical differences between GSM and CDMA. GSM is a far better technology, which is why it dominates worldwide.

    There won’t be a CDMA version of the iPhone. LTE or not, Verizon would be going backwards technically.

  5. There’s more than one way to advertise a new product. No way in hell Verizon launched that campaign knowing that a Verizon iPhone was right around the corner.

    I think this person simply has a source with dated info. Yeah, there WAS a CDMA and/or LTE based iPhone in the works for Verizon but the deal fell through for some reason. Happens all the time where a source is working with old information and plans that have since been changed.

  6. From what I understand LTE is not a CMDA based technology, and certainly has nothing to do with CDMA phones as currently implemented by Verizon and Sprint. LTE can, however, seamlessly pass between LTE and CMDA or GSM networks if the phone has the proper hardware. That is a given because Verizon will be living with an LTE / CDMA mixed network for quite a while. In the meantime, AT&T;will be living with an LTE / GSM network for quite a while as well. The question is, will Apple create an LTE / GSM phone that will work on Verizon’s LTE network only.. or will they try to create a phone with LTE / CDMA / GSM in it so that it will work on all networks. CDMA /GSM phones already exist, this is how RIM is able to sell a “world phone” on Verizon.

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