Verizon iPhone 5: Rumors Claim No 4G LTE, Deal Breaker for Consumers

By Posted 20 May 2011, 04:17

All the talk at the moment is whether or not Apple’s new iPhone will be called the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 4S, but we have some very interesting rumors to tell you about now, and it affects Verizon customers. We’re hearing that the new iPhone may not have support for 4G LTE, but have dual CDMA and GSM modes instead.

Perhaps more importantly, these rumors have actually surfaced from Verizon’s CFO Fran Shammo, as he stated in recent comments at a Reuters technology summit that the next iPhone will be a dual-mode phone for both GSM and CDMA, obviously allowing for usage on AT&T and Verizon network frequencies.

Shammo didn’t specifically answer whether or not the iPhone 5 will have 4G LTE, but based on this report by Electronista, 4G LTE doesn’t appear to be on Verizon’s top priority for the next iPhone, since they already have a very healthy collection of 4G LTE Android handsets, such as the Thunderbolt, and the soon to be released Motorola Droid Bionic.

It will be interesting if this turns out to be true – how would you feel if the new iPhone doesn’t have 4G LTE data support? Is that a complete deal breaker for you, or are you not too bothered about enjoying faster than normal data speeds on your iPhone?

  • Luis Hernandez

    If there is no LTE there Apple better expect not many sales that they expect do to so many LTE android phones coming this year Thunderbolt, Charge, Bionic etc. I really been waitin for iPhone i was glad when it came to verizon but now the LTE is I prefer any  cell with that so iPhone dont come out with LTE then im goi with android based LTE.