LTE iPhone for Verizon?; Lattitude comes to iPhone
Whenever the Verizon version of the iPhone will be coming out, (if it's making an appearance at all), it's bound to be a dandy one. The rumors about the new smartphone keep flying like an aerial assault. The latest one to grab our attention is that Verizon is going to make its first Long Term Evolution (LTE) network smartphone an iPhone. These plans for the LTE phone are for right after Christmas. Many analysts are scoffing at this, claiming that Apple always announces its iPhone changes in June, but the January date for the Verizon iPhone has been bandied about now for so long that it's hard to put down.
According to the rumor that was released by an anonymous source to MacDaily News, the LTE device had been spotted at a training session. Apparently, the story goes that the faster LTE network would appear just after Christmas, because AT&T has a lock on holiday sales of the iPhone in the United States. If all this sounds a little fishy, it's because the LTE network is extremely limited and nationwide access won't be available until 2011. Consider that Verizon is going to announce some LTE-capable phone at the Consumer Electronics Show in early January. Why wouldn't it be the iPhone? Then again, why would it?
Most analysts are saying that when and if Verizon gets the iPhone to sell from Apple, it will be getting the CDMA version, which is 10 times slower than the LTE version, but can be used all over the country. To give readers an idea of the complexity of LTE networking, it was launched on Dec. 5 in 38 U.S. markets, with access only on USB modems used with laptops. To make matters worse, there is a two-minute "hand-off" time when switching over from 3G coverage zones to LTE.Continued on the next page