Verizon CFO had also stated that they will offer iPhone 5 at the same time as AT&T, which will also work in as many countries as AT&T’s iPhone, which has global coverage, almost confirming that Apple’s next generation iPhone will be a ‘world phone’.
TechCrunch reports that a developer has discovered in the app usage logs that Apple is testing iPhone 5 running iOS 5. TechCrunch source who is apparently a developer of some of the most popular apps in the App Store has also discovered something interesting in the logs.
The logs show that the app has been briefly tested by a handful of people using what is almost certainly an iPhone 5, evidently running iOS 5, sporting two distinct sets of mobile network codes (MNC) / mobile country codes (MCC). Those codes can be used to uniquely identify mobile carriers.
Sure enough, some registrations for the app – which the developer also asked not to be named – were logged from a new Apple device, using the MNC/MCC codes from both Verizon and AT&T.
The CDMA iPhone 4 already comes with a Qualcomm “Gobi” MDM6600 wireless chip, which supports both GSM and CDMA networks. The Qualcomm MDM6600 chip supports HSPA+ data rates of up to 14.4 Mbps as well as CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev. A/Rev. B.
A dual-mode iPhone 5 is good news for Verizon, as it will allow Verizon to operate on a level playing field with AT&T. Currently, the CDMA iPhone 4 works if there is a CDMA network available in the country you’re travelling, which was a major showstopper for business users who travel frequently and wanted to switch to Verizon. It should also make it easier for users to switch carriers.
According to recent reports, Apple is planning to launch the much awaited iPhone 5 on October 7th and start taking pre-orders on September 28th or September 29th.
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