Verizon IPhone Could Have Supported GSM, IFixit Says
While the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA-only device, it actually has a chipset capable of supporting both CDMA and GSM.According to the team at iFixit, the CDMA Verizon iPhone uses a Qualcomm MDM6600 chip, the same chip used by the Motorola Droid Pro to connect to both CDMA and GSM networks.
Kyle Wiens, the cofounder of iFixit, speculates that the new iPhone doesn't support GSM because it might have been "easier to design antennas for a CDMA-only phone" while also noting that "this phone supports two cellular frequency bands while Apple supports five bands in the GSM version."
The iPhone has been a big hit for Verizon so far, as JP Morgan analyst Phil Cusick said today that it had sold over 500,000 units on its first day of release alone.
As it is, Wiens says that Apple has significantly reworked the interior of its phone for the CDMA iPhone, as it has changed the location and design of its electromagnetic interface shields, connector locations and board layout.
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