1. Premium1's Avatar
    iPhone 5 to be a dual-mode world phone?

    Maybe they will make just one model that will work on all carriers
    08-23-2011 01:52 PM
  2. Eileen89's Avatar
    There were earlier rumors about this, however, no official word from Apple yet.


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    08-23-2011 02:54 PM
  3. riley9dy's Avatar
    Yea I've also heard the rumors and I think there's already been a thread about this. But yea I think there will be just one version. That would be most practical/profitable for Apple.
    08-23-2011 03:10 PM
  4. Jellotime91's Avatar
    If it's true there will be only one model, say goodbye to those rumors about it coming out on T-Mobile US. I can see it working on 2 different types of carriers, but not 3... I'm not sure if that's even possible.
    08-28-2011 02:21 AM
  5. riley9dy's Avatar
    If it's true there will be only one model, say goodbye to those rumors about it coming out on T-Mobile US. I can see it working on 2 different types of carriers, but not 3... I'm not sure if that's even possible.
    Thats a good point. There's no way they could squeeze in all of the hardware/chips they would need to support more than two carriers.
    08-28-2011 01:32 PM
  6. Premium1's Avatar
    Thats a good point. There's no way they could squeeze in all of the hardware/chips they would need to support more than two carriers.
    Well if it is lte it could be two models one with lte and gsm and one with lte and cdma to cover all 4 carriers.
    08-28-2011 02:49 PM
  7. Fausty82's Avatar
    Well if it is lte it could be two models one with lte and gsm and one with lte and cdma to cover all 4 carriers.
    Yeah, but there's that pesky issue of T-Mo not using the standard GSM 3G frequency (2100)... they got shut out of that spectrum and are using 1700 for their 3G...

    And then, God help us all if the GSM has a higher iOS release number than the CDMA... #justsaying
    08-28-2011 03:09 PM
  8. Jellotime91's Avatar
    Well if it is lte it could be two models one with lte and gsm and one with lte and cdma to cover all 4 carriers.
    As HankAZ said, T-Mobile uses a different 3G frequency than AT&T. So it's impossible to cover all 4 carriers with just 2 chipsets right now. Also, Sprint uses WiMax, VZW and ATT use LTE, and T-Mobile uses HSPA+... That just makes things even more complicated.
    08-28-2011 03:43 PM
  9. Premium1's Avatar
    As HankAZ said, T-Mobile uses a different 3G frequency than AT&T. So it's impossible to cover all 4 carriers with just 2 chipsets right now. Also, Sprint uses WiMax, VZW and ATT use LTE, and T-Mobile uses HSPA+... That just makes things even more complicated.
    That's why at&t and verizon would be lte and tmo and sprint use 3g since sprint is changing to lte in the future.
    Last edited by redraider133; 08-28-2011 at 04:41 PM.
    08-28-2011 04:38 PM
  10. Fausty82's Avatar
    That's why at&t and verizon would be lte and tmo and sprint use 3g since sprint is changing to lte in the future.
    That sounds good... but they need to cover the possibility of falling back to 3G speeds/technology... Just because AT&T and VZW are going to LTE for 4G doesn't mean that you can totally ignore their 3G technology... at least not yet. Just like today, we all sometimes fall back to EDGE (or the CDMA equivalent), we will still have to deal with the possibility of non-LTE coverage area... I highly doubt that any provider (or cell phone maker) will provide a LTE or nothing scenario.
    08-28-2011 06:45 PM
  11. Premium1's Avatar
    That sounds good... but they need to cover the possibility of falling back to 3G speeds/technology... Just because AT&T and VZW are going to LTE for 4G doesn't mean that you can totally ignore their 3G technology... at least not yet. Just like today, we all sometimes fall back to EDGE (or the CDMA equivalent), we will still have to deal with the possibility of non-LTE coverage area... I highly doubt that any provider (or cell phone maker) will provide a LTE or nothing scenario.
    I know they need to incorporate 3g for both. I guess we will find out in a few weeks when Apple announces it.
    08-28-2011 06:47 PM
  12. Fausty82's Avatar
    Yes, we'll know what Apple is doing when they make the announcement. I was just pointing out the fallacy of covering all of the major wireless providers' needs with a single or dual handsets. I'm just saying that I don't see it working...
    08-28-2011 06:54 PM
  13. Premium1's Avatar
    Yes, we'll know what Apple is doing when they make the announcement. I was just pointing out the fallacy of covering all of the major wireless providers' needs with a single or dual handsets. I'm just saying that I don't see it working...
    I don't think they will either I'm sure they will have multiple if not one for each carrier.
    08-28-2011 07:16 PM
  14. jsox78's Avatar
    Of all the features that could possibly be in the next iPhone, this is the one I am most interested in. I'm a current VZW customer that has been using a BlackBerry Storm II for the last year and a half. I've been wanting to get my hands on an iPhone since the original came out, but just haven't been able to bring myself to switch to AT&T. THe Verizon iPhone 4 is unfortunately not a world phone and because I need the ability to use my phone outside of the US it wasn't an option to purchase.

    At this point I'm going to be getting an iPhone when the next generation comes out. I've been putting it off way to long and will just bite the bullet if I need to and switch carriers.
    08-30-2011 02:12 PM
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