CDMA iPhone 4 receives “N92” code name, enters new testing stage

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Date: Friday, August 13th, 2010, 05:20
Category: iPhone, News

It’s got a code name, which makes it that much more real.

Per Electronista, Apple’s long rumored CDMA iPhone has been given a codename according to sources close to the story. The device is now known internally as N92 and is already at the Engineer Validation Test (EVT) stage. As just a step before the Design Validation Test (DVT) stage like that of the stolen iPhone 4, its progress is appropriate for the often-rumored January Verizon launch.

There are no guarantees the CDMA model will ultimately ship or necessarily that it will reach Verizon. Apple could reach Sprint, US Cellular and most other smaller carriers in the U.S., and it could be intended primarily for international carriers like China Telecom or some Latin American providers. With 92.1 million subscribers, however, Verizon is usually considered the largest CDMA carrier and would almost certainly be the primary target.

Apple is now believed to have had a change of heart on CDMA. Where it once described the standard as “dead” since a clear majority of cellular networks use GSM and HSPA, the company has reconsidered after recognizing length of time to transition to LTE for 4G and, more importantly, the threat of Android. Verizon is the world’s largest Android carrier and has helped Google thrive with HTC and Motorola phones being “safe” from Apple.

Analysts believe a Verizon iPhone could flatten Android as some customers may only be choosing Android as AT&T’s network quality and the cost of switching carriers discourage them from jumping networks to get an iPhone. While AT&T has tried to minimize the risk of losing customers, others have anticipated that AT&T could lose tens or hundreds of thousands of customers almost immediately.

Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

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2 Responses to “CDMA iPhone 4 receives “N92” code name, enters new testing stage”

  1. Having used both an Android and the iPhone OS(albeit only on an iPod touch) I can say that the iPhone holds no significant advantage in terms of elegance or ease of use from an operating system standpoint. Yes they are different and the differences will make one better for some people and the other better for others but Apple has got to stop pretending that the differences amount to a dramatic difference in functionality.

  2. The moment a Verizon iPhone is announced, I personally know of no less than 20 people that will jump regardless of early termination fees. And those 20, know 20, and they know 20, and so on and so on….

    I predict the jump will be exponential, even viral. I personally will jump. The frequency of dropped calls is unacceptable. Every day I drop no less than 6 to 10 calls. Every day.