Although I’m personally skeptical about this rumor, a world iPhone (i.e. one that embraces CDMA and GSM) would make sense. It may also explain why Apple is releasing the upcoming iPhone in September instead of June or July.
Verizon Wireless will soon release a Verizon iPhone that works overseas, Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo said in a conference call with analysts this week, according to the Associated Press. The current Verizon iPhone works only in North America, while the AT&T iPhone can run onÂ overseas GSM networks. A rejiggered Verizon iPhone would put the handset on level with the rival AT&T edition. (Christian Science Monitor)
The current Verizon iPhone is CDMA only, which means that its limited to the US, parts of China and a few locations in South America (if you’re fortunate enough to stumble upon them).
While the call quality is superior (at least in the US), the phone is utterly useless for those who travel the globe for business and pleasure.
Selling a world phone would put Verizon on par with AT&T (who embraces GSM), giving one less reason for American consumers to embrace Ma Bell over “Big Red.”