Dual Mode GSM/CDMA iPhone 5 Evidence Surfaces
Add this one to the growing list of iPhone 5 rumors. Recently, we reported to you that the the next iteration of Apple’s revolutionary iPhone, the iPhone 5, will most likely launch in September. While a lot of rumors have been doing the rounds regarding the form factor of the iPhone 5, a report from TechCrunch seems to confirm that the iPhone 5 will be a dual mode phone, capable of running on GSM as well as CDMA networks. Apparently, an anonymous app developer obtained information from the registration logs that confirms the existence of an iPhone 5 that will come with dual GSM/CDMA running capability.
Those who have been following the development of the iPhone 4 will remember that when Apple released the device for Verizon, they used a Qualcomm chipset, which though had its GSM radio turned off, was in fact still capable of running on GSM networks in addition to CDMA. This in itself seemed back then to be indicative of the fact that the next iPhone would truly be a world iPhone, with a one-size-fits-all approach that would enable users to be truly connected irrespective of where they were in the world.
Of course, this will come with its share of caveats, especially for carriers who had seen their subscriptions increase significantly when they were bundling their services with the ever popular and critically acclaimed iPhone. On a more local note, carriers Aircel and Airtel will be the ones who might bear the brunt of the dual mode feature as customers will no longer be bound to buy from them. Of course, one had the option of purchasing unlocked iPhones to get around this problem, but the move is still indicative of Apple’s intention to get their smart phone in the hands of as many people around the world as possible. Additionally, the presence of the dual mode feature virtually kills off any chances of the iPhone 5 being an LTE device, which some will rue.