iPhone to be GSM?

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by winterdude010, Dec 17, 2006.

  1. winterdude010 macrumors regular


    Feb 24, 2006
    New York
    Well that sucks. I have Verizon, and I'm not just gonna switch providers just to get an iPhone...
  2. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Well then don't. The rest of the world will be quite happy with a GSM iPhone.
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    ^^ I do think that, if Apple is going to release a single handset that only works on one standard worldwide, it will almost certainly be GSM.... with most other standards in most places in the world, even if they do sell the phone unlocked, what would the point be? If you get an unlocked CDMA phone, it's not like there's a plethora of CDMA operators to chose from.

    And of course it may end up being the MVNO thing....

    Or were you hoping that Apple would market an MVNO that used Verizon's towers and that you would be able to get an unlocking flash to use the phone on Verizon's own network?
  4. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C

    I will!:D
  5. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    I hate verizon and their communist user interface
  6. rogersmj macrumors 68020


    Sep 10, 2006
    Indianapolis, IN
    This is news to anyone? What global manufacturer in their right mind would release a hot item like the iPhone on CDMA?? That limits you to something like 10% of the world's cellular phone base. Not to mention that the chips and circuitry for CDMA are more complex and physically take up more space than their GSM counterparts, which is one of the many reasons why phones initially designed for GSM take so long to get "ported" to CDMA. CDMA sucks and needs to die. But if you like being locked into one provider with your phone, and not traveling outside of the country, and enjoy the most prickish, unhelpful, rude, and idiotic customer service ever, then by all means stay with Verizon. I do like their data speeds though...but the 7.1Mbps UMTS or whatever the GSM-based one is called will kick its butt.
  7. imacintel macrumors 68000

    Mar 12, 2006
    I honestly don't think it would be worth it to switch providers just to get an iPhone. If Apple only gives iPhone to expensive providers...that is a confirmed fact that it isnt worth it.
  8. SpankyPenzaanz macrumors 6502a


    Sep 4, 2006
    I concur
  9. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Why is it assumed that the iPhone will be available worldwide or that it has to have GSM everywhere to do that?

    Verizon might not be so good but Sprint is so good that I don't find a good reason to change from CDMA phones.

    I don't plan to pay high roaming charges in another country. I'll buy a prepaid phone there.

    7.1 Mbps sounds good but the recent note that EVDO will be transitioned from the current maximum of 3.6 Mbps (Rev. A) to a maximum of 280 Mbps in 2008 sounds a bit more dramatic.

    Since there is no real information on iPhone, including whether there will be one, we'll have to wait, but it's not good to assume anything where Apple is concerned.
  10. theman5725 macrumors 6502

    Aug 2, 2006

    I'm currently locked into a Verizon contract so I don't see myself switching to the iPhone if it's released anytime soon...
  11. CDailey macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2006
    It better be a quadband GSM phone. I love my Sony Ericsson K750i, but it doesn't always pick up a signal here.
  12. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The Apple phone will be different. It will do different tings that you can't do with another phone. This will require Apple to run it's own (virtual) network. Apple will be a MVNO. So there will not be the option to keep your current service and use an Apple iPhone.
  13. aaron.lee2006 macrumors 65816


    Feb 23, 2006
    Ontario, Canada

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