iphone 5… the world phone
Why iphone 5 will be the world phone?
Can iphone 5 be the so called world phone? The terminology comes from the fact that iphone 5 has been rumored to include support for 3G versions of both CDMA and GSM mobile networks. The inclusion of both the standards in iphone 5 has been rumored from last years CES 2010. The rumor also has some facts associated with it which makes it a very happening possibility for the iphone 5. The version 4 of the iphone came in to 2 flavors. Verizon iphone 4 and AT&T iphone 4. Verizon iphone 4 was the CDMA version while the latter was the GSM version of it.
Another thing that makes it almost a certainty that iphone will support both CDMA and GSM is that the recently released Verizon iphone 4 has Qualcomm’s MDM6600 dual-mode baseband chip which works well with the 2 networks. This is the same chip that powers Droid Pro. This chip supports both high-speed HSPA+ connectivity on GSM networks and EV-DO technology that Verizon and some other CDMA carriers use providing data rates up to 14.4Mbps. And why the Verizon iphone 4 only supports CDMA is for the fact that Apple intentionally disabled the GSM functionality on the chip. Presumably, in order to limit its functionality just to carrier’s CDMA network.Now, about the support of LTE in iphone 5. We think that might not be on the inclusion list of Apple for the iphone 5. This will give LTE a chance to shake out and of course give Apple something to offer in their next upgrade (coz support of LTE will definitely be there, maybe later if not sooner). We have covered LTE on iphone in our previous post Will iphone 5 support LTE?.
CDMA and GSM are the 2 giants and most used technologies in the world of mobile networks. By supporting both of them iphone 5 would be able to access virtually every network anywhere in the world. So, if it happens, the next gen iphone will be a true world phone.