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Verizon iPhone Vs CDMA iPhone: Differences Explained

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.

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?

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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MJF
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?

Yande
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

swisschesse
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.

Piratefish
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!

Steve
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.

CubsPhan
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.

MammothGulch
MammothGulch

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

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