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. Perhaps, what he actually meant is a dual-mode LTE/CDMA phone. Yes, they are different tech…but because of this Verizon will need a dual-mode phone to take advantage of its entire infrastructure.

    Regardless, I highly doubt there’s any credibility in this guy. He wrote the article in such a manner that I seriously question whether he actually know what he’s talking about. Not to mention, his article is littered with incorrect info.

  2. @Correct Term

    Yea you’re absolutely right but everyone is marketing LTE as a 4G technology even though it’s a technically not a 4G tech. In the end, LTE will be sold as 4G phone…after all, it sounds better than a 3.9G phone.

    This is beyond yours and my control, the marketing people decided on this. To be honest, the common consumer will not care about the ‘slight’ distinction.

  3. The Verizon commercials seem to be making fun of ATT’s network, nothing to do with iPhone. Anyway, I have been on both Verizon, and now ATT – we had much better reception with Verizon, but save money with ATT.

  4. The only negative I’ve found with my iPhone is its functionality as a phone. ATT has horrifically crappy coverage, especially in San Francisco. And it craps out in you when you ned it the most!! I can’t wait for VeriPhone. The lines at Verizon will be longer than ATT ever dreamed.

  5. with the droid ads, no way were they testing anything for Verizon

    but I also call BS that Verizon will NEVER get the iphone. I do not believe they will get a CDMA phone, double one just for them.

    however, if Apple makes a phone that supports LTE, and they most likely will, they aren’t likely to put out a proviso that it can never be used on Verizon. with all the flack they get over ATT, they will most likely unlock the phone when the contract is over, not simply change devils. so at that point and with that tech, Verizon could support the phone if they choose to.

    and after the Droid (which has and does a lot of stuff that few really care about one way or another) fails, they might be happy to have the iDon’t

  6. Marky Mark

    if Apple wants to sell the iPhone on the Verizon network in the next 5 years it will need to have support for CDMA. The LTE network will still exist and be necessary in many portions of that network for at least that long. The 3GS still works on Att edge for example.

    Network upgrades have to support legacy tech for all the customers with older handsets and it takes time to do costly network upgrades.

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