It seems that ever since Apple struck an exclusive deal with AT&T for the iPhone the whole of the US have been waiting for the holy grail in the form of the Verizon iPhone. And the blogsphere has been alive with it again this week. My question is this who cares and why?
Well in the US it seems that they care as the iPhone is not that great on AT&T and this gives them choice to what is perceived as a “better” network. This may or may not turn out to be the case.
But what about the rest of the world, how does this affect us? Well, not greatly. Verizon uses the CDMA technology which means that if the CDMA iPhone becomes a reality then it opens up another 550 million possible subscribers. Problem is CDMA is by far the poor cousin when it comes to mobile technologies as GSM is far more dominant. In fact there are an estimated 2,200 million GSM subscribers. There are NO CDMA network providers in Western Europe at all, not one. You can see why Apple chose to go the GSM route. Which is why here in the UK you can choose from six mobile providers for your iPhone.
Ultimately I don’t care one way or another if Apple produces an CDMA iPhone but I just wish that they would get it over and done with so I don’t have to read about it any more,