Verizon iPhone Vs CDMA iPhone: Differences Explained

 

By Posted 26 Sep 2010, 17:06

While it is fair to say that the Verizon iPhone rumor bandwagon has well and truly kickstarted again, consumers shouldn’t get too confused with the terms ‘Verizon iPhone’ and ‘CDMA iPhone’ – as they are not completely the same thing.

Over at PCMag, their detailed article points out the fact that CDMA doesn’t just belong to Verizon. Maybe consumers automatically associate CDMA iPhone as a Verizon iPhone, but the CDMA term isn’t just tied down to one carrier.

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For example, Sprint also use a form of CDMA for their network, while CDMA is also very popular in India and Japan. If Apple are really planning to release a CDMA iPhone in January, then it could be for another network, not necessarily Verizon Wireless.

Of course, we would all like it to be Verizon, but we feel that you should be aware of this for future reference. It still could happen though, we just need Apple and Verizon to reach an agreement on the iPhone, our earlier report here has more details on this.

Did you know that CDMA also belonged to Sprint or not?

  • MammothGulch

    iPhone? big whoop. I'll stick with Android, at least I can customize my own home screen

  • CubsPhan

    The reason is because Verizon is the preferred CDMA network. If Apple makes a CDMA iPhone (which is already happening) it doesn't matter whether or not Verizon is an official carrier, that is what unlocking the phone is for and what everyone will do if Apple doesnt "release" the CDMA handset for Verizon. CDMA iPhone DOES equal the possibility of Verizon service.

    • SwissArmyBud

      Thank you. Saved me a minute or two.

  • Steve

    While I am sure many Verizon customers would like the higher quality and speed of use offered by an iOS device over other smartphones on the Verizon network, I don’t see this happening. Verizon and Apple are both control freaks. So even if there is a CDMA phone, it will not be for Verizon and, unlike GSM phones, unlocking CDMA phones is very hard.

    • frank

      me fail english? that's unpossible.

    • MammothGulch

      Quality and Speed? Have you seen or tried out any of the new Android phones. The Fascinate is sleeker, smoother, sexier than the iPhone4 any day.

    • MJF

      Hey Steve, could you help me with this:
      I'm a Verizon customer and I travel to Asia alot. I buy SIM cards for my international phone once I get to each country: e.g. Japan, Taiwan, China, etc. The problem is I have to keep 2 separate phones (my US phone and my international phone.) I read somewhere that iPhone 4 has SIM card slot. Does that mean I can use my iPhone here in the USA with my Verizon carrier and still be able to just put in the SIM card (I buy at my international destination) to be used when I travel to Asia?

  • Piratefish

    Oh please – a Verizon iPhone doesn't matter – they're even more expensive for Internet plans than AT&T. What I want is a Cricket iPhone!

    • TJM

      Cricket has the worse network coverage. I would never want to see the IPhone on such a carrier. I tried the android is it was slow as molasse, couldn’t get internet service in half the places I went.

  • swisschesse

    why whould apple make a cdma phone for Verizon when the network has a road map for LTE. Won't apple makes plan make it LTE phone instead of cdma i don't understand why people think that going to happen when should be looking for plans for LTE phone. Cdma can be for any carrier outside the USA. Why use a outdated network that just going to limit your data usage for facetime when at end of year a big and better models coming out.

  • Yande

    LTE, 4G blah blah blah… Apple not sell their product only in US dudes.

    Sales think wide.

    Android better than iPhone? They even don’t have a “touch screen”! They only have “press screen”…LOL

  • MJF

    I'm a Verizon customer and I travel to Asia alot. I buy SIM cards for my international phone once I get to each country: e.g. Japan, Taiwan, china, etc. The problem is I have to keep 2 separate phones (my US phone and my international phone.) I read somewhere that iPhone 4 has SIM card slot. Does that mean I can use my iPhone here in the USA with my Verizon carrier and still be able to just put in the SIM card for to be used when I travel to Asia?