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No Verizon iPhone 5 Smartphone : Here's Why

After our phone conversation with Qualcomm VP yesterday, Enrico Salvatori, we're convinced that there will be no dedicated Verizon iPhone 5 handset coming in June because Apple will almost certainly opt for a multimode baseband module to improve time to market and reduce costs.

The iPad 2 is already using the Qualcomm MDM6600, a data chipset that supports HSPA+ data rates up to 14.4Mbps and CDMA technologies making it ideal for a number of markets globally.

Teardown analysis & independent component pricing have shown that adopting the chip can reduce the bill of material by a couple of dollars, which represent a tidy $80 million savings if Apple reaches the 40 million units sold in 2011, a number predicted by a number of analysts.

The key here is the ability that Qualcomm has to integrate a number of components in a single package; a move that reduces power consumption (and heat dissipation), frees precious PCB space, slashes time to market and cuts down component costs.

If Qualcomm doesn't launch a brand new chipset equipped with near field communication technology for the iPhone 5, the other candidate would be the MDM9625 which supports HSPA+ Release 9, EV-DO Revision B, EV-DO Advanced and, most importantly, TD-SCDMA which is widely used in China.

Such a chip would remove the need to have a Verizon iPhone 5 altogether; indeed, someone in China would be able to use the same phone when travelling to the US on Verizon's 3G network or in the UK on Orange.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.