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New iPhone Announcement Next Tuesday

David Gilbert


New iPhone Announcement Next Tuesday

According to research, Android devices surpassed the sales of iPhone devices in the second quarter of 2010. As a result Steve Jobs felt the need to come out and criticize the fragmentation problems of Android. That however doesn't seem to have been enough and next Tuesday it seems Apple will open up the iPhone 4 to up to 10million new customers.

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Steve Jobs will announce that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon network, finally breaking the AT&T stranglehold. Since the iPhone was launched in June 2007, AT&T has had an exclusive contract with Apple. It is estimated that there are currently 93 million iPhone owners in the US, but analysts believe up to 10 million new customers could be added with the Verizon announcement.

Journalists have been invited to a special event at New York City’s Lincoln Center on January 11, next by Verizon, including journalist who exclusively cover Apple. The Verizon version of the iPhone has been rumoured for quite a while now but it had been rumoured that it could be an improved version of the iPhone 4, or an early version of the iPhone 5. However it is now expected that the only difference to the phone will be that it will work on the CDMA network that Verizon uses.

So it seems that we will ahve to wait until the summer for the next iteration of the successful smartphone, though users in the States will no doubt benefit from some competition in the iPhone market with contracts expected to be reduced in price as a result.


January 9, 2011, 3:48 pm

Maybe they'll get a red one... white seems to be a problem :p


January 9, 2011, 7:29 pm

Is there any UK mobile network supporting CDMA?


January 9, 2011, 8:26 pm

So, the iPhone goes in sale on another US carrier. However, in the UK it's already available on all of them.

So... who actually cares about this?


January 9, 2011, 9:43 pm

" It is estimated that there are currently 93 million iPhone owners in the US"

You mean almost a third of the US population use an iPhone? I find that hard to believe! World-wide, perhaps? If not, I'm amazed!


January 9, 2011, 10:24 pm

I guess we will "ahve" to wait and see what comes from this :P sorry just correctin the ahve spelling


January 9, 2011, 10:50 pm


Nope. UK networks use UMTS (or W-CDMA).

I thought that AT&T had a five year exclusivity deal?

Will be interesting to see if all those Droid users really did want iPhones and just had to make do in the meantime.

The timing doesn't seem great given that a new model will be out in a few months just after people have signed up for 2 year deals.


January 9, 2011, 10:54 pm

@savant: no none, and that's a good thing.


January 10, 2011, 12:17 am

@Beaky69 - Good spot... that number is insane.

There are 93 million VERIZON SUBSCRIBERS. (And about 15 million US iPhone owners according to comScore.)


January 10, 2011, 2:55 am

@Jay, "no none, and that's a good thing."

How's that?

At the time of iPhone 4 launch, Steve Jobs indicated that FaceTime won't be restricted to WiFi only and it will be availabe on cellular network in 2011. It would be a shame if no UK mobile networks are about to upgrade for that feature.


January 10, 2011, 8:07 am

@ Beaky69

Yeah, I read that in astonishment too. Well I guess you stay a superpower by having the most consumiest consumers on the planet. (John Oliver says they do an Oreo Pizza - shudders.)


January 10, 2011, 3:45 pm

@savant: all UK networks use GSM for 2G and all use UMTS (W-CDMA) for 3G (WCDMA is not CDMA)

CDMA as used by verizon in the US is in very simple terms a different technology directly to GSM.

the reason why all UK (and the rest of the world) networks use GSM over CDMA is a good thing for many reasons, the first being you can take any unlocked phone and it works instantly on any other network just by switching the sim, also imagine you were going on a night out and didn't want to take your £550 smart phone, simply take out the sime and place it in a £10 dumbphone and it doesnt matter so much if you then loose it/gets stolen.

and the big issues of CDMA are 1. you buy a phone and you are stuck on that network then (you cant take the HTC evo to AT&T can you), also if you were to travel abroad your phone is useless outside of wifi.

the UK not having any CDMA is in no way linked to facetime being stuck on wifi only at all (if anything it is directly AT&Ts by not being capable of the strain of running it, and that's not because it is GSM based but because it is just too overloaded in some areas), I'm not even sure what your talking about facetime in the context of GSM/CDMA, the 3G of UMTS is just as capable as the one verizon uses. apple would just need to flick the switch for factime to work over 3G (but anyway skype has video over 3G now so factime is pretty redundant in my book now anyway)


January 10, 2011, 6:24 pm

@Savant. It doesn't support voice and data usage at the same time. Also having the two incompatible technologies means you can't move between networks using the different technologies with the same phone.


January 10, 2011, 8:05 pm

How is the iPhones possible availability on an additional US network relevant to readers of The UK's premier source of Technology News and Reviews?


January 10, 2011, 8:42 pm

@ffrankmccaffery: Because a fair chunk of our readership is American.

Arctic Fox

January 10, 2011, 10:25 pm

What has changed in the cost/benefit equation to cause Apple to do this? They clearly saw their interests served in the US by the exclusive deal with AT&T until recently. Anyone got any ideas?


January 10, 2011, 11:43 pm

@Arctic Fox. It's not so much what has changed at Apple but Verizon.

Despite it's widespread adoption of Android devices Verizon has decided it's needs Apple products if it's to continue growing it's subscriber base. We'll know for sure soon. Verizon has a strict set of criteria; branding, updates, bundled apps, customized OS etc, when dealing with device makers. It will be interesting to see if they have relaxed these with Apple.

For Apple the deal is good because for the first time since it's launch many people who could not choose an iPhone will be able to do so.


January 10, 2011, 11:46 pm

@Arctic Fox

Maybe they think not being on Verizon has contributed to the explosion of Android with the success of the Droids. Since AT&T is supposed to be rubbish there are a substantial proportion of people for whom the iPhone has just never been the option.


January 11, 2011, 1:04 am

@jay out of interest, are there any advantages to CDMA in terms of coverage, capacity ect. or not. Is it simply just two different techs that do the same thing?


January 11, 2011, 4:31 am

@asanka: from what I've read there is nothing better about CDMA over GSM, yes CDMA has a slightly longer range and is supposed to not have as many dropped calls because of a better call pass off protacall, but GSM is better for range anywhere there is terrain such as hills and is far better at being able to get a signal indoors, as for dropped calls I have found that some handsets are more prone to it than others.

the other well known one (that Mattj said) is that with CDMA you can't even use data and voice at the same time.

so when you consider that GSM was developed in the 80s and CDMA in 1995 as a competitor to GSM they didn't even bother making it better than GSM.

you can read more here: http://gizmodo.com/5637136/giz...

needless to say I doubt anyone is sad CDMA is not here in the UK or took off in the world, though on some american forums you will find extreme CDMA fanboys who would defend it till their last breath.

but the world is moving on now to newer technologies and the overall winner is going to be LTE, european countries have already started to roll it out and so has the CDMA verizon with AT&T planning to, and as LTE can handle voice and data it is a perfect replacement, the only problem is that the UK doesn't have enough spectrum free to roll it out for a good while yet (and the upcoming free specturm to be sold is part of the 5GHz scale which is not suitable for country wide roll out - which is not good), so we will be stuck on HSDPA for the forseeable future.

Arctic Fox

January 12, 2011, 12:02 am

@MilleM and @rav

Thanks for the replies. I have seen articles citing Verizon as having been in discussions with Apple since 2008 with a Verizon edition of iPhone having been under development and testing for over a year now. This does seem to have been brewing for quite some time. Whilst the influences you mention are likely part of the mix I cannot help feeling that there is something here in the background involving Apple's relationship to AT&T.

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