More evidence of CDMA Verizon iPhone and iPad 2 arise

If you've heard this one before, stop me now. It appears BGR has discovered a unique block of code within the iOS 4 firmware that shows more evidence that field testing of the CDMA (Verizon) iPhone is in the works.

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The snippet of code is said to turn up within the firmware every year, and is subsequently removed just before the release of the next iPhone. The code allows carriers to field test new products on their network, without the need to activate through iTunes.

Back in April, evidence of “iProd2,1” and three instances of the iPhone, “iPhone3,1”, “iPhone3,2” and “iPhone3,3” turned up inside of the 3.1 firmware, now these hardware codes have shown up under the activation code. The iPhone3,1 turned out to be the iPhone 4, so these two remaining instances could prove that Apple is set to release a CDMA version of the device. The iProd was code for the iPad, so Apple might be testing the next edition of the device.

But as always with Apple, they won't reveal anything until days before the unit is scheduled to ship, and if we're lucky, will see a leaked version of the hardware floating around the Internet.

If Apple does produce a CDMA version of the iPhone 4, they are likely not to mention anything before the ship date, to keep sales strong. With that, Verizon and Sprint will finally be getting the iPhone on their network.

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Unless verizon offers cheaper data plans, I'll prolly won't be switching. Sure verizons coverage is superior in my area, but AT&T is faster and cheaper (if you have a capped data plan). Some people would rather have unlimited, I understand that. I just use my phone for light web browsing when I'm on 3G, and so far the 200MB has been plenty for that.

If the iPhone was on more networks then just AT&T in the USA maybe it would sell better (not that it doesnt do good on AT&T sales wise, but it would be a lot more popular), Android is doing quite well across multiple networks

neufuse said,
If the iPhone was on more networks then just AT&T in the USA maybe it would sell better (not that it doesnt do good on AT&T sales wise, but it would be a lot more popular), Android is doing quite well across multiple networks

ugh AT&T

daddy_spank said,
I hope it shows up on T-Mobile as well... their plans are a lot cheaper and the data is unlimited

yes but at the same time T-Mobile network sucks and 3G coverage is not the best.

daddy_spank said,
I hope it shows up on T-Mobile as well... their plans are a lot cheaper and the data is unlimited
If they ever got the iPhone, which is a very data hungry device, I can pretty much guarantee T-Mobile would suddenly axe their unlimited plans in favor of capped plans, claiming their network cannot handle the load [due to the iPhone], bull or not it'll happen. That is my 2 cents, take with a grain of salt.

Simon said,
An android user who likes good competition, and has enough common sense to realize that ~80% of iPhone users are satisfied with their phones?

vicious propaganda, back up your claims with proof or be quiet.

I really hope that this means they have plans to open the phone to multiple carriers in the US. Spreading the love will mean that they can spread the network problems around, which, in the long run, will be better for everyone except AT&T users.

Leaving it on AT&T means that AT&T is the most congested network, but if that changes, then AT&T will have very little reason to continue their strong roll-outs of service upgrades. It will be back to business as usual: they'll claim they're close to the number of dropped calls of Verizon, "just off by 1 in a thousand," which is a total lie (I had a minimum of two dropped calls last week on my iPhone 3GS, and that was while it was sitting in the middle of my car broadcasting the call over Bluetooth to the car, so there was no physical interference), and service will naturally improve, or stay the same, as less people exist on the network.

Oh well, I'm looking for an excuse to leave AT&T and I need one no later than February because it will become more expensive to leave at that point (the cost of paying the ETF will no longer save me money down the road by paying less per month with, say, Sprint). Switching to Verizon is unfortunately not a good option.

plantemichel said,
CDMA Version why not? Instead of looser android platform phone Go Apple give it to Verizon

No really... calling looser to android, which is stimated to be activated in 200000 units a day... something good must be, what the public think?

plantemichel said,
CDMA Version why not? Instead of looser android platform phone Go Apple give it to Verizon

I wonder why at the moment at least a lot more "losers" are buying android handsets than iPhones.

thealexweb said,

I wonder why at the moment at least a lot more "losers" are buying android handsets than iPhones.

Because unlike the the iFailphone android has lots of different hardware makers....giving users choice and freedom to pick something that suit's their needs and personality more.

Plus Android has FLASH something steve just doesn't want...and we all know why. If he allowed flash say bye bye to his money making app store.

Once the marriage of Apple and AT&T ends I wonder if there will be some "allowed" method of carrier unlocking the old iPhones.

zeke009 said,
Once the marriage of Apple and AT&T ends I wonder if there will be some "allowed" method of carrier unlocking the old iPhones.

Why would you even want to do that in the US? Your only option would be to go to T-Mobile, and even then you can't get 3G service.

Stetson said,

Why would you even want to do that in the US? Your only option would be to go to T-Mobile, and even then you can't get 3G service.

Uhm... T-Mobile does have 3G service... not as much as AT&T but they do have 3G

chisss said,

Uhm... T-Mobile does have 3G service... not as much as AT&T but they do have 3G

Yeah, but it's not compatible with the iPhone. The frequencies don't match up.

Oh, it's a sure thing. Want to know how I know? Because I finally gave up and upgraded my iPhone 3G to a iPhone 4 and signed the two year agreement with AT&T.

MadDog said,
Oh, it's a sure thing. Want to know how I know? Because I finally gave up and upgraded my iPhone 3G to a iPhone 4 and signed the two year agreement with AT&T.

Yeah you got that right....Murphy's Law suck

jerzdawg said,
Lots of speculation turning up... I really wish we could get some more concrete evidence.

Well it's not like someone's gonna mail one to NeoWin and go

"Hallo boys look at this!"