Originally Posted by Capnbob
If history is any guide, the chipsets for new radio standards like LTE are usually horrible and power hungry until several revisions later. As with most Apple designs, I would assume that there is not the space or power to put rev.1 of any new chipset in an iPhone with acceptable battery life etc.
The LTE/CDMA combo will come eventually but they need to get the LTE/3g combination right first for the other 5Bn users and I doubt there is an acceptable solution for that yet either. A CDMA only phone would be totally a one-off for Verizon and would have to stand on its merits (e.g. sales of 3-8M vs the costs of development, etc. and the cannibalization of AT&T GSM version sales). I could see the economic model being pretty weak overall.
Add to that, that AT&T is not going to do much with 4g for a while since it has a lot of headroom in the current 3g system which are probably cheaper upgrades (i.e. upgrades to 14.4Mbps, 22, 28.8 etc.) and Apple's urgency is even less for all this LTE stuff. I don't see the rest of the world's carriers rushing into 4g since they are still trying to properly monetize the 3g investment they paid too much for a decade ago.
Thanks for replying, Capnbob
! My Q in Post #44 still seems unanswered! Here is a shorter version of that Q
If I buy the New iPhone (ATT) that has LTE in it, will I be able to use it on Verizon's LTE, if I was to switch to VZ when their LTE is available?
Obviously, that same New iPhone (ATT) won't have CDMA support in it, so then, if I was to switch to Verizon with it, I wouldn't have the CDMA "parachute"/backup in the areas where LTE is not available...
One of the Qs for people buying iPhones (and most don't know about all this stuff that we are dissecting here) is:
How long can I get out of it?
Between the iPhone OS Upgrades cutting the older iPhones off, at least partially, and the LTE/GSM/CDMA divides, it seems like 2 years would be the average on the life of iPhone. After that it becomes either a hand down to kids, or more likely a backup, since there is no Insurance(right?) for it, like there used to be with Palm Treo's on VZ... And I don't know about the insurance on Android Phones on various carriers...
Another Q is (still?) - how frequently can one buy an Upgrade to their iPhone, while staying with the same carrier, and not be penalized by that carrier, due to the Subsidies Math?
Meanwhile, all those CEOs and their Teams have plenty to discuss there..., as they make that Sausage
Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made!
-- Otto von Bismarck
I think that, even if VZ iPhone became available this Summer 2010, it would run slower than ATT's 3G... Then it's Pick Your Poison:
Geography/Tower Traffic/Load/Demand/Availability - Drop Calls and VZ, Being New to iPhone as far as Tech Support, compared to ATT having 3 years of iPhone experience...
vs. VZ being the Prince Charming with The Great Network! It's all a close toss up...
Stop Android, get in bed with VZ -- is obviously a factor too!
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