The guys over at iFixit already got their hands on a Verizon iPhone and took it apart to compare its guts to those of the “original” iPhone 4. Most of what they found wasn’t very surprising, but they did make one interesting discovery.

The Verizon iPhone sports a Qualcomm MDM6600 baseband chipset similar to the Droid Pro World Phone’s, which brings support for both CDMA and GSM

So technically, Apple could have released a dual standard phone working for both AT&T and Verizon (and other supported carriers). So why Apple didn’t do just that?

iFixit speculates that “It may be that it was easier to design antennas for a CDMA-only phone-this phone supports two cellular frequency bands, while Apple supports five bands in the GSM version“.

Will the iPhone 5 get a similar treatment? Chances are it will, which would allow Apple to manufacture only one model instead of 2, thus saving a good chunk of money on production costs.

What says you?

  • Jason Masters


  • Here in Mexico there is a carrier called Iusacell, which has always been a CDMA carrier, but recently invested in a GSM HSPA+ network, which is currently working, and they’ve had the GSM iPhone 4 for a couple of months.

    If the next iPhone will be a World Phone, will it work on both of Iusacell’s networks?
    That’s more of a carrier decision.

    I commented this on, a mexican tech blog I write for.

  • Sorry for the double comment

  • DK

    Maybe Apple should just make 32gb & 64gb gsm/CDMA/LTE. I’m waiting for the iPhone 5. Currently I have a 3G. Perhaps they could sell an unlocked universal iPhone for all carriers.

  • nitesh

    hmmm thats a good idea.:)

  • Jason Masters

    Dk forward that IDEa to

    • DK

      I did. No reply yet. Hope you weren’t sarcastic because I would love to have a universal phone with HUGE storage.