Apple iPhone 5 to be a Dual-Mode World Phone

August 24, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

It is almost certain. The upcoming iPhone 5 will support both CDMA and GSM, which means you can use any of the top four carriers in the United States.

An iOS developer is believed to have passed on to folks at TechCrunch information and log files which support the speculation. The app usage logs show that a small number of people recently registered for one of their applications from a single, brand new Apple device, which – surely enough – uses the MNC/MCC codes from both Verizon and AT&T.

The device is almost certainly an iPhone 5 running on iOS 5 and the codes can be used to identify the mobile carriers.

There have been rumors, even half-confirmed ones, about a dual-mode iPhone earlier. With this info now flowing in, we need to believe that the Apple iPhone 5 will easily become a ‘world phone’ – something that consumers will be happy to welcome, especially those who travel a lot. Users will be able to roam between two networks effortlessly.

Yet another rumor that has come our way is that Apple will ditch baseband supplier Intel for Qualcomm, for the fifth generation smartphone. Qualcomm already supplies the baseband for the CDMA version of the iPhone 4.

There is a flipside too, if all the rumors turn out to be true, it is highly probable that the iPhone 5 will not be an LTE device. So here is another reason for those who anticipated a 4G iPhone to stop waiting.

The iPhone 5 is expected to see the light of the day in the third quarter of 2011 along with the iOS 5. Hope the Cupertino company will put an end to the rumor spree and come out with an official announcement soon. Watch this space for more information.

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