Verizon hints that next iPhone will have 4G LTE

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While promoting its 4G LTE ambitions to the Wall Street Journal, Verizon may have given the biggest hint yet that the next iPhone will support 4G LTE. Verizon spokespersons said that the rest of the smartphones it releases in 2012 will have 4G LTE support and you would have to conclude that includes Apple’s iPhone.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard that we’ve heard Verizon plans to go all in with 4G LTE but we now have more evidence that the next iPhone will sport next-generation mobile data support. Apple had previously said that 4G LTE required too many compromises in its designs but now that it included this in its new iPads, you can guess that Apple may have overcome those concerns.

It’s not a slam-dunk case though, as 4G LTE has many issues right now which may make it difficult for Apple to overcome. For example, the 4G LTE on AT&T and Verizon use different bands, so the new iPads won’t be cross-compatible with the separate networks. Sprint plans to roll out its LTE network later this year but will it have enough of a footprint for Apple to even bother to support it in 2012? Additionally, 4G LTE is extremely fragmented across the globe, which also makes it tough for Apple to create one model which can work in nearly every market.

I’d still expect the next iPhone to support 4G LTE in some fashion – particularly on Verizon and AT&T – and expect it to support HSDPA speeds in markets without 4G LTE. Additionally, Qualcomm recently introduced a new global 4G LTE modem, so perhaps the tech is finally there for a true, global 4G LTE iPhone.

Is 4G LTE a requirement for you to buy the next iPhone?

[Via Wall Street Journal, image credit]

  • Cellularcrazy09

    YES! I don’t think apple would forgo LTE again…especially considering the next iphone would be another year away.  I think they will do what they are doing now with the ipad. At least until 4g becomes ubiquitous the phones will be specific to a carrier.  Once it is everywhere AND they have VoLTE in place then apple might consider doing one device for all carriers.

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  • http://twitter.com/bconner1 Brian Conner

    I won’t buy a phone that isn’t 4G! Who goes from cable internet speeds to dial-up internet speeds, by choice?

  • Bus Driver

    I’m not moving to iPhone until they offer a 4G option with Verizon. Why would I sign up for 2 more years of 3G when it’s already been outdated for a while?

  • Bus Driver

    I’m not moving to iPhone until they offer a 4G option with Verizon. Why would I sign up for 2 more years of 3G when it’s already been outdated for a while?

  • Bus Driver

    I’m not moving to iPhone until they offer a 4G option with Verizon. Why would I sign up for 2 more years of 3G when it’s already been outdated for a while?

  • Bus Driver

    I’m not moving to iPhone until they offer a 4G option with Verizon. Why would I sign up for 2 more years of 3G when it’s already been outdated for a while?

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