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No Verizon 4G iPhone till 2012?
I keep reading in various articles that there will be no 4G LTE iPhone until 2012. If this is true I will get the iPhone 4 as soon as possible and skip the next iPhone in favor of upgrading to the 4G iPhone in 2012. Is there any truth to this?
- 01-18-2011, 11:29 AM #2
- 01-18-2011, 11:48 AM #3
At the launch event, they said this iPhone was not a 4g/LTE phone because there were design changes that they were not ready to make, and they wanted to meet demand of a product now. From that, I deduce:
The iPhone 5 rumored to be announced soon probably isn't going to be a Verizon/CDMA device, because they just announced one of those. The next Verizon iPhone device will probably be 4G/LTE, because that's the way development is headed... and, I think it will be announced in about a year, and released in about 20 months... because that's when people who sign a 2 year contract will be renew/upgrade eligible. My $0.04
- 01-18-2011, 12:07 PM #4
- 01-18-2011, 12:13 PM #5
- 01-18-2011, 01:01 PM #6
June of 2012 or 2013 seems right to me. LTE is still very very young. Verizon doesn't have any telephones out that are LTE as of yet. We may see an LTE set in Feb/March
June of this year I would guess we will see a totally redesigned iPhone 5 with both a GSM and CDMA radios built in. The carriers will be able to lock out what they want, and Apple will only have to worry about making 1 type of Phone and not 2. Verizon will call it a "World Phone"
- 01-18-2011, 01:35 PM #7
- 01-18-2011, 01:59 PM #8
A potential 'world iPhone' would be much like my current Blackberry Tour - has a quad band radio, and the GSM side works on European GSM frequencies - and has a SIM in it already, albeit unactivated... and would work on Vodafone overseas, since they own a big chunk of Verizon; or - one could obtain a SIM from another GSM provider.
While it's plausible that Verizon could introduce an iPhone 5/World phone in June/July... I just don't believe it to be likely so soon after the iPhone 4 launch. Verizon is not known for things like that. If there was going to be a world iPhone on Verizon soon, it would have been announced with the iPhone 4, or would have been the VZW iPhone 4.
- 01-18-2011, 02:33 PM #9
- 01-18-2011, 05:22 PM #10
- 01-18-2011, 05:26 PM #11
Apple likes to wait and do lots of testing when they release something new thats why the first iphone was 2g when 3g was already out. Once they start testing 4g and get things working they will release a 4g phone so 2012 sounds about right.
- 01-18-2011, 11:24 PM #12
LTE in 2012 at the earliest. If I had to place a bet it would be on 2013. Apple moves to new technology at a glacial pace. This summer will be a dual core GSM/CDMA combo phone with some other minor goodies. Next year we may see LTE when Verizon has more coverage and AT&T begins it's rollout.