I have to admit that I was shocked when Verizon announced the CDMA iPhone (4). I didn’t think that this would happen. What I expected from my previous posts was a LTE iPhone 4(G). I have to say I am stunned.
First, with CDMA you can’t use data and voice at the same time – this is HUGE!!! I can’t tell you how many times I have needed to get online for some information and was able to while on a phone call. I guess Verizon customers are used to this limitation and they are okay with it.
Second, I expected Apple would develop and release an LTE iPhone that would cover both AT&T and Verizon. I based that expectation on both AT&T and Verizon moving to the 700MHz radio band, to which the rights for use were acquired when the FCC auctioned the bandwidth off.
I still anticipate an iPhone 4G that will run on the 700MHz or LTE band this summer; however, this could be the first time that Apple skips a summer release. I don’t anticipate that Sprint or T-Mobile will come online anytime soon; yet I am wrong … and more often then I would like.
What I can say is that Apple continues to surprise me.