Originally Posted by Wiggin
Every technical "issue" anyone would make for not having a CDMA iPhone are trivial at, best.
Not true. CDMA won't allow you to browse the web while you talk on the phone. For some people that may not matter, but for others, it's very important.
Originally Posted by mudpud
We'll see about that. I'm a huge Apple fan boy, I love my MBP, but I'm not so sure I want an iPhone any longer. Not with all the restrictions!
What restrictions that matter?
Sure, they restrict you from running unapproved apps, but many of those don't do anything that the phone won't already do. Other restrictions are the limitation on multiasking of 3rd party apps (which restriction will be gone soon, anyway), but I'm still waiting for someone to explain something you'd need that for that the phone won't already do.
Most of the people whining about restrictions are being pedantic, mostly for 'attack Apple' reasons. For example, you can easily listen to music using iTunes to browse the web. For those complainers, it's somehow the end of the world that you can't use Pandora (yet) to listen to music to browse the web. Sorry, but that's not a significant restriction in my view.
Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody
Personally, I think this is the only reason for a Verizon phone if one happens. There is no reason from the point of view of sales, profitability or technology to do a CDMA phone, but at the same time, it would be an easy thing to do.
Depends on what you mean by 'easy'. They'd need to source CDMA chips, redesign the mother board, get FCC approvals, make some software changes), get manufacturing geared up for multiple product lines, support multiple product lines, and so on. Those costs could easily be in the millions of dollars.
Then, add in the fact that the contract is worth less to AT&T if it's not exclusive, so AT&T might pay less per phone for a non-exclusive agreement, so there would be hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue.
I don't have the market research information nor do I have the contractual agreements that would allow me to say whether it's worthwhile, but Apple clearly does not think that it would pay to have a CDMA phone at this time.