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Verizon Deal Means iPhone 5 Will Definitely Be CDMA & GSM Compatible

Now that Apple has confirmed the existence of a Verizon CDMA iPhone 4, we can look forward for the iPhone 5 to be support both CDMA and 3G GSM at launch thanks to a dual mode Qualcomm chipset.

Rumours about a GSM/CDMA chipset for the iPhone surfaced last year when Digitimes mentioned that Qualcomm was in talks with Apple to use hybrid CDMA/GSM solutions in its iPhone handsets.

Chinatimes also reported in September 2010 that the switch in baseband hardware from Infineon to Qualcomm may have already taken place as the company is the inventor of CDMAone, CDMA 2000 and holds key patents in W-CDMA.

Launching a CDMA/GSM iPhone 5 model means that Apple will be able to serve many more users from day one and reduce costs by using the same components for CDMA and GSM markets.

It also opens the gateway for a more global launch in June 2011 with China and India being two of the biggest CDMA markets in the world, serving hundreds of millions of customers.

The fact that Apple could choose Qualcomm to supply the blueprint for the next generation Apple A5, a shift from Samsung's Hummingbird family to the Snapdragon one. Hence there's even a slight chance that the A5 may integrate the baseband hardware, GSM/W-CDMA Transceiver, Wi-Fi and others.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.