Originally Posted by Imagine Engine
Instead of Apple making a CDMA iPhone why doesn't Verizon instead upgrade their 3G network to support GSM HSPA capable hardware (cellphones and USB modems)? Here in Canada both Telus and Bell two of the biggest telecom carriers competing with Rogers opted to upgrade their CDMA network from EVDO+ 2.75G to GSM HSPA+ 3.5G.
As noted earlier, Verizon's pretty much doing that with LTE. However, what Bell and Telus did (and what Verizon is doing) is very expensive. UMTS/HSPA uses a completely different air interface than EVDO. Both are called "CDMA" in one way or another, but would require completely separate towers, and the expense that goes with it. It's cheaper to simply maintain the current CDMA system. I can't blame Verizon for going EVDO for 3G.
In any case: Three million CDMA iPhones? That's it? That's about what the iPhone 4 sold in the first few days on AT&T alone. Additionally, there's a lot of pent-up demand for a Verizon iPhone, as noted in this thread and others. Verizon could sell ten million in the first month. The 3M phones are more likely going to Sprint, or some Asian carriers.