CDMA Theory

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bbplayer5, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. bbplayer5 macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    I think Apple is going to sell an unlocked CDMA version in the USA (if in fact they are coming out with it). This way they can sell it on Sprint and Verizon without locking into any agreement. Much like Google did with the Nexus (sold it for pure profit on their website). Right now AT&T pays a subsidy for the phone to get it to you for 299. The carriers might STILL be able to do that, but you can also get it unlocked directly from Apple.

    Wishful thinking? :D
  2. ikaveh macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2008
    logically not gonna happen
    as you say: there is no free lunch
  3. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
  4. ogdogg macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2008
    The carriers want the iPhone and :apple: wants the phones to be subsidized. End of story.
  5. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2007
    Sprint and Verizon need to have the ESN's 'in their system' to activate a phone, so I don't think that is going to happen. It's more likely that there will be a set of phones for Verizon and another for Sprint, but that's not very likely either.
  6. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    You make a few good points, like Apple would just do their own thing and sell you the phone, and it would be up to you which network you would want it to be on. However, it doesn't make any sense for Apple to do that at this moment when the iPhone is still selling so well for AT&T. And also, it would make more sense for Apple to wait and lock into separate contracts with Verizon and Sprint, because this way, they will gain billions of dollars by just signing that contract, and then even more money from Sprint and Verizon selling the iPhone/advertising it.

    So yeah, what you're saying makes sense, however, it will never happen because Apple is still making a lot of money on AT&T and they plan on making even more on other networks.
  7. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  8. sinsin07 macrumors 68040

    Mar 28, 2009
    Since when does it not make sense to make more money? So what it's selling well on ATT? A company is in the business to make a profit, they have shareholers. The real problem would be production.
  9. itsmemuffins macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2010
    CDMA phones can be sold unlocked? I didn't know Google sold the Nexus One in a CDMA version. :confused:

    And BTW Apple already sell the iPhone unlocked all over the world. ;)

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