Originally posted by Louzer. There's no legal problems with 3G networks, just with Qualcomm's chips that violate some patents. Phones that don't use the chips don't have problems.
Well, the point is the same. You're right. The legal problems are NOT with the networks, but rather with the 3G chipsets. Yes, I know, it is an ongoing legal battle between Broadcom and Qualcomm, yeah, yeah, I know . . . but what I was referring to was that if Apple was to have announced in January that instead of using the Edge network, it would instead be using the 3G network (hence a 3G chip). So, then several months later, it is announced that there is a lawsuit that states NO NEW 3G chips are to be used in any new phones**. So what do we have then? Well we don't have the iPhone. At least not now. But who knows when.
So my point is still the same. Many analysts as well as people in the industry had predicted this. Or at least saw the possibility of it. So it wouldn't be too far of a stretch that AT&T as well as Apple thought "Hey, this seems to be too much of a gamble right now (for the iPhone to use only a 3G system). Why don't we use Edge for now and have the iPhone upgrade to a 3G system when the litigation settles."
And my question is still the same. Can this be done in a firmware upgrade?
**Last week, the ITC banned the import of future models of 3G mobile broadband handsets containing Qualcomm chipsets and software. - Internetnews.com
June 11th, 2007