3g iPhone on Different Networks

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in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Will the 3g iPhone be able to work on different networks like verizon and alltell?



I know theres one carrier other than At&t that it can currently work on, something to do with hdspa or something, anyways will the 3g be able to work on more networks unlocked?

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  • Reply 1 of 11
    glossgloss Posts: 506member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pwnage View Post


    Will the 3g iPhone be able to work on different networks like verizon and alltell?



    I know theres one carrier other than At&t that it can currently work on, something to do with hdspa or something, anyways will the 3g be able to work on more networks unlocked?



    No. Still just T-mobile and AT&T. 3G data access doesn't change the fact that it's a GSM phone and can't run on a CDMA network.
  • Reply 2 of 11
    pwnagepwnage Posts: 40member
    Do you think apple will ever release a CDMA computable iphone?
  • Reply 3 of 11
    dentondenton Posts: 725member
    With a rumoured five-year exclusive deal to AT&T in the US, and the fact that GSM seems to be the global standard outside the US, there is little point to a CDMA iPhone (at least in the next few years).
  • Reply 4 of 11
    pwnagepwnage Posts: 40member
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    Originally Posted by Denton View Post


    With a rumoured five-year exclusive deal to AT&T in the US, and the fact that GSM seems to be the global standard outside the US, there is little point to a CDMA iPhone (at least in the next few years).



    Its only rumored?



    Theres a possibility that its only 2 years, or even less.
  • Reply 5 of 11
    slewisslewis Posts: 2,080member
    Null.
  • Reply 6 of 11
    Yes , I think so .
  • Reply 7 of 11
    pwnagepwnage Posts: 40member
    The thing is that the release of the 3g iPhone could be a considered a completely different product from the original iPhone and it might not be under the same contractual obligations as the previous version, since thats how they are releasing it in Australia, it could be that they might start selling a unlocked 3g version of the iPhone that works on other providers networks.
  • Reply 8 of 11
    Note that the 3G iPhone may not even be compatible with T-Mobile's 3G network. It would likely still work with their main GSM network--just not with the 3G.



    Also note that Apple will likely take this moment to make all the bootloader, firmware, etc., require digital signatures in order to load on the new hardware... throwing a serious wrench into hacking efforts.
  • Reply 9 of 11
    dentondenton Posts: 725member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by pwnage View Post


    The thing is that the release of the 3g iPhone could be a considered a completely different product from the original iPhone and it might not be under the same contractual obligations as the previous version, since thats how they are releasing it in Australia, it could be that they might start selling a unlocked 3g version of the iPhone that works on other providers networks.



    Whatever is the length of the term on the exclusive deal with AT&T, this deal will extend to all phones that Apple releases for the length of that term. Do you really think that the execs at AT&T are so stupid that they would get into a deal with Apple for a specific term only to "overlook" such an obvious way for Apple to legally cut-short their obligations by releasing a new phone? Instead of thinking about the iPhone only in terms of what is best for you, exercise your brain and consider the situation both from Apple's perspective and from AT&T's perspective.



    Apple is exclusively partnered with AT&T in the US (with respect to the iPhone) for the foreseeable future: get over it.
  • Reply 10 of 11
    davegeedavegee Posts: 2,765member
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    Originally Posted by Denton View Post


    Apple is exclusively partnered with AT&T in the US (with respect to the iPhone) for the foreseeable future: get over it.



    Agreed... If I'm not mistaken Verizon had it's shot at getting the iPhone and shot it down...



    If you Verizon fans wanna get mad at someone get mad at your present carrier and if you really want to show them how you feel vote with your money and go to someone else... If not ATT then anyone else at least then you'd have a fighting chance at getting an iPhone (via the unlocked market).



    Dave
  • Reply 11 of 11
    With the 3G iPhone emerging on multiple networks in Europe, Australia, and many other places, I could see a 3G iPhone on multiple networks in the US, but not more than two of the majors.



    AT&T, of course, would be one of them. But I see Verizon Wireless as the other. As we know, T-Mobile USA's 3G doesn't use the same bands as AT&T's, and Sprint is actively attacking the iPhone (witness the upcoming "Instinct vs. iPhone" ad campaign). OTOH, after the release of the LG Voyager "iPhone killer" (ha!), Verizon has been largely quiet about iPhone-killers... something must be cooking. Also, keep in mind that Vodafone owns 45% of Verizon Wireless (the other 55% is Verizon-owned), and Vodafone has part of the shared 3G iPhone rights.



    Still, Apple would have to make a CDMA iPhone anyway for the Japanese and Korean markets. And since Verizon and AT&T's 700 MHz LTE networks won't be ready in most areas of the US until late 2010 and fully built out until 2011, a CDMA iPhone might be a good short-term strategy, as Apple's strategy is all about penetration. Apple can't penetrate the US cellphone market with just AT&T, even though they're the #1 carrier... they need a second strong carrier for the iPhone.
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