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Tuesday, 08 February 2011 10:15

Verizon’s CDMA iPhone not the same beast

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Qualcomm MDM6600 chip
Verizon CDMA iPhone 4’s innards are different from those that previously launched for AT&T and others. While there are many minor changes, the one that caught everyone’s eye is the inclusion of the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip.

Among the minor changes are the vibrator, cable routing, board connector reshuffling, more screws, etc., but the most notable change is the MDM6600. Interestingly enough, Qualcomm MDM6600 supports both GSM and CDMA and can be found inside Verizon’s Motorola Droid Pro phones. Droid Pro devices are pretty neat for frequent travelers as they offer connectivity around the world.

This has prompted some analysts to point at the possibility of future iPhones running on all networks, which would indeed be a wise from a business standpoint. Same analysts point at Motorola’s strategy where the company released the Droid 2 and followed it up with a Droid 2 with CDMA and GSM support shortly after.

Hardware capabilities aside, Verizon’s CDMA iPhone does not come with a SIM card which means it is tied to Verizon’s network. We’ll believe it when we see it as we somehow always imagined that the only way from here is Steve soldering one’s Apple equipment to the porch piece by piece.

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+2 #1 dshaw7 2011-02-08 19:59
Apple is taking the iPhone in the right direction, but the pace is slow. The Droid Pro surpassed this iPhone a few months ago--it's faster, has a keyboard, is global, has encryption, etc. etc. According to http://BuyDroidPhones.com it is also wayyy cheaper than the iPhone and when bought online comes with free shipping. But I guess people would rather wait and pay for an iPhone with nearly year-old technology over the cheaper, cutting-edge Android phones already available.
 
 
+7 #2 ViperSpec 2011-02-08 20:04
Quoting dshaw7:
Apple is taking the iPhone in the right direction, but the pace is slow. The Droid Pro surpassed this iPhone a few months ago--it's faster, has a keyboard, is global, has encryption, etc. etc. According to http://BuyDroidPhones.com it is also wayyy cheaper than the iPhone and when bought online comes with free shipping. But I guess people would rather wait and pay for an iPhone with nearly year-old technology over the cheaper, cutting-edge Android phones already available.


Basically. Most of the Iphone/Apple fans don't really care to research what cutting edge and innovation really is. To most, having Apple product X (especially Iphone/Ipad) is more of a status symbol than anything. IMHO.
 
 
0 #3 Naterm 2011-02-08 22:52
Except...the Droid Pro really isn't that great of a phone. Not to mention that integrating Android with enterprise systems is nearly impossible.

The only thing that keeps me from buying an iPhone is that I've gotten used to a 4.3" screen.
 

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