iPhone 5 Is Almost Certainly A World Phone

Posted In iPhone - By Ben On Friday, May 20th, 2011 With 0 Comments
For those of us who love to travel the world, good news is on the horizon. The next iPhone is almost guaranteed to be a world phone. What is a world phone, you might ask? A world phone is a phone that not only works in the US (Hello, Verizon) but also will work in almost any other country in the world. AT&T phones are well known world phones because they can operate on other networks. 

Verizon has now told us twice that the next iPhone will be world-capable. Most Verizon phones, however, are not – only because Verizon phones use CDMA networking, which is the kind without a SIM card. Most of the rest of the world (AT&T and T-Mobile included) use a GSM network, which utilizes a SIM card. This is the same standard that is used throughout Europe and Asia, which makes them great phones for people who like to travel. The new iPhone would have a special radio chip that allows it to work on both a CDMA (Verizon) network and a GSM network in the same phone. This is also convenient for Apple, so they no longer need to make two different phones for AT&T and Verizon – both can be combined into one.

It’s worth mentioning that the current Verizon iPhone actually has the right networking chip to run on both types of network – but Apple neglected to put a SIM card tray in that phone, so the feature goes unused. It’s likely they’re just saving it for the next model.

One more interesting little bit of information is that this configuration would also allow the iPhone to work on both Sprint and T-Mobile as well as the existing carriers, all with only one model of phone, which lends to recent rumors that the next iPhone will run on all four major carriers.

So, good news all around for iPhone users – even more places and ways to use our phones.

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