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Don't Buy The Verizon iPhone 4, Wait For The iPhone 5 Instead

So, Apple has launched a CDMA version of its iPhone 4 – less than five months to go before the iPhone 5 is expected to arrive. Is it a cynical ploy by Apple to boost sales of the company's current flagship? We’ll never know.

Launched only three days ago, the new iPhone features a completely designed antenna - eliminating all 'death-grip' issues - and a bunch of new components to offer CDMA compatibility, something that will allow not only Verizon, but tens of millions of customers across Asia to use the device.

But given that Apple is likely to launch the iPhone 5 in a few months time (we've got bets on it arriving 6/6/2011 in San Francisco), it would be unwise NOT to wait until then, especially as the new model will probably offer both CDMA and GSM.

Qualcomm is rumoured to be be producing the baseband hardware and the GSM module (potentially merging both of them on one chip) after Infineon was acquired by Intel in August.

This means that globetrotting users won't need to swap phones, only SIM cards.

The new device is also set to pack much improved hardware to compete with current iPhone rivals like the LG Optimus 2X and the Motorola Atrix, which offer significantly faster kit and infinitely better graphics capabilities.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.