Verizon boss hints at dualmode global iPhone 5
We kind of already suspected as much, due to the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip found inside the Verizon iPhone 4 (a chip that is both GSM and CDMA compatible), but now Verizon CFO Fran Shammo has seemingly confirmed that the next-gen iPhone 5 will, in fact, be a dualmode global device.
During the recent Verizon earnings call, the finance bod stated:
"The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, on the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device."
So, either Shammo has got his facts wrong (unlikely as he is in charge of the money at one of Apple's biggest network partners) or we're definitely looking at a streamlined factor for the iPhone 5, capable of both CDMA and GSM.
Shammo's comments also back up analyst Ming-Chi Kuo's predictions, which Pocket-lint reported on earlier this week, and Kuo's hints at the inclusion of the A5 chip have also been supported with a report of 9to5Mac stating that a prototype iPhone "4GS" is in circulation to developers, boasting the chip.
It's looking increasingly likely that the next version of Apple's successful mobile phone line will land in September.
If you're wondering what other hardware the the next-gen handset might be rocking come launch day, check out our iPhone 5: specs and features wishlist