Verizon iPhone 4: CDMA Network Issues

By Peter Chubb - Oct 10, 2010

Over this past week a number of media sources have been stating that a Verizon iPhone should be with us in the early part of 2011. The rumors increased in pace after WSJ published a series of articles about the CDMA version of Apple’s smartphone, and it is that technology that is the problem.

David Murphy from PCMag believes that those people who have certain knowledge of mobile technology will know that a CDMA iPhone on Verizon will be crippled. The reason is that CDMA is unable to offer data and voice transfers simultaneous – simultaneously, something that GSM can do.

Murphy states that if the Apple iPhone was released on Big Red now, then the thing would just not work. Verizon has said that they plan to offer this vital function in the future – not certain if this means in the early part of 2011? Which is when the iPhone was rumored to be going over to Verizon?

Verizon understand that they have a lot of work to do to get their network ready for the iPhone, and the hard work on LTE will certainly make it more attractive to Apple and a 4G version of the handset.

How long do you think it will be before CDMA can support the Apple iPhone?

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  • Lemon

    When the iPhone comes to big red it would be in early 2011 well Verizon stated that their 4G network aka LTE will be up and run in 38 cites through out the nation before the end of this year so maybe just maybe the iPhone would be truly a iPhone 4G.

  • shaffti

    Dear Mr. Chub. This article was a waste of internet space. Who the hell really cares about browsing and talking at the same time. I’ve been a smartphone user for about 6 years and maybe three times in that period I wished I could do that. Besides, with a wifi connection available this AMAZING TASK can be magically accomplished anyway. Even though I still rarely do it. The network is FAR FAR more prepared for the iphone to be released than att ever was. Droid users are using more data than iphone users in the first place and no issues even in the busiest cities. I hope for their sake it is an iphone 5 when it happens because if its the current model in jan then it’ll be 3 blocks behind the curve.

  • ladodger16

    i was told by verizon technician about 4 months ago when I asked why couldn't verizon's CDMA network not to that he told they actually could. I t just with Verizon being the biggest network and witha its customers they just woorry about the overflow on the network if they decided to do that there afraid it will crash its network or something like that I really cant remember it was a few months ago.

  • Connor

    if im right i live in the UK and im on o2 GSM network with my iphone 4, when im in a call i cnt browse either becuase the data connection goes off. so what am i missing here ?

  • TheGrammarNazi

    Who the hell edited this article – a third grader? The grammar is horrific!

  • Chris

    I don't know much about cell phone technology, so I'm wondering if someone can answer a few questions here. First, is there any reason Verizon couldn't go ahead and release the iPhone 4 on Verizon in January and fix the problem at a later date? Could Verizon release the iPhone 4 on their CDMA network and then upgrade it to their newer 4G network through software upgrades, or would such an upgrade require new hardware?

  • Andrew

    I think it can be supported now. you just will have to wait to browse after your phone call.