Verizon iPhone with CDMA/LTE supposedly ready for a launch come CES 2011: Is it Verizon’s 4G LTE network limitation that is annoying Steve Jobs?

December 14, 2010, By Shawn Wagnon

We are sure there are plenty of things that annoy Steve Jobs and endlessly. From the unlocking of Apple gadgets after they have been out in the market for barely a week to 7-inch tablets that apparently need to come with sandpaper so that we can size our fingers down. The latest news doing rounds is that the man on the top of the Apple tree is annoyed at how neither AT&T nor Verizon have been able to put a 4G LTE network sufficiently in place for an LTE-only version of the iPhone to be out!

It seems that the next version of the iPhone could come out with an LTE-only feature if that was intended, but now Apple is worried about network support for such a mobile. Since widespread 4G LTE network is almost as good as non-existent, the idea is to use a multi-mode chip to provide backup support with CDMA/HSPA networks in addition to an LTE network for Verizon Wireless and AT&T.

It seems Verizon is already training staff and preparing them for the iPhone sales and a CDMA/LTE iPhone is not too far away. In fact, talk within Verizon is that the iPhone is ready for release on their network ‘post Christmas’ and that obviously means that the iPhone could well be one of those LTE handsets Verizon promised at CES 2011.

Hopefully it will not be too long before we get more concrete information on the Verizon iPhone release date.

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