If GSM isn’t your thing and the previously leaked BlackBerry devices don’t interest you, you should be pleased to know that the folks at CrackBerry have turned up what looks to be the entire 2011 CDMA device lineup from RIM.
In what is titled “NARC BlackBerry Roadmap” and stamped as “Strictly Confidential” 7 different devices are indicated along with they respective estimated launch/availability dates. Of course, the PlayBook is shown for the next quarter of 2011 and will be the first tablet device from RIM to use their new QNX-based platform.
The presentation slides detail upcoming smartphone devices such as the Montana, Monaco and Malibu – a series of new touch screen smartphones that will be sporting BlackBerry 6.1 along with what RIM is calling BlackBerry Evolution 6, a highly integrated and seamless user experience with social networking, universal search as well as HTML5 and NFC capabilities.
It is quite clear that RIM hopes to push further and further into the consumer market by including features and hardware such as full HD 720p recording, augmented reality and OpenGL support for a better gaming experience.
For an entire view of the slides that detail more about each device, be sure to visit CrackBerry for the lineup.
However, there was one question which was asked at the conference which goes like this:
Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?
Tim Cook, COO of Apple answered: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.
Prior to the Verizon launch, iPhone only worked on GSM networks. Now with the Verizon deal, iPhone has been modified to work on CDMA networks too. Since this is a non exclusive deal, Apple will more likely than not use the same phone model to court CDMA Networks across the world.
This would sound good for several networks including Reliance in India who run on a CDMA network. So you can expect Apple to launch on more CDMA networks soon, but I don’t see it happening for the next 3-6 months.
However, Apple will definitely be taking calls from several CDMA operators for sure. So keep your fingers crossed.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon is planning to announce the much anticipated CDMA iPhone on January 11, at a press event which was announced recently.
With Verizon announcing its entire Android and LTE device lineup at CES, the only announcement which could warrant a separate event is the iPhone coming to Verizon.
The iPhone has been available exclusively on AT&T in the US since its launch in 2007. Many think that the number of smartphone users willing to buy an iPhone on AT&T has peaked, and to see further growth in user numbers, Verizon is Apple’s best bet. Many users have chosen Android phones over the iPhone only to avoid using AT&T’s network. Getting the iPhone on Verizon could see a lot of them jumping on to the iPhone bandwagon.
The Verizon iPhone will likely be similar to the iPhone 4, but will be a CDMA handset. What we don’t know is whether it will support LTE as well. It’s likely that LTE support will come only with the iPhone 5 which is to be launched this summer.
Amidst all the commotion about the launch of 9 new Windows Phone 7 devices at the launch event on October 11, details of one phone just slipped by. That phone was the HTC 7 Pro, the only CDMA Windows Phone 7 device announced yet. It has a 3.6 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and comes with a sliding QWERTY keyboard.
Like all the other WP7 phones, it has a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and comes with 448 MB RAM. It has 8 GB / 16 GB internal storage and sports a 5 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash and 720p video recording.
It will be available in both GSM and CDMA versions. The CDMA version of the HTC 7 Pro will be available on Sprint by the end of 2010.
No pricing details have been revealed yet. For now, enjoy these HTC 7 Pro press shots and the introduction video.
Noted blogger and Apple fanboy, John Gruber, has put up a lengthy post which says that Apple is currently working on a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 which will probably launch in Jaunary 2011 on Verizon’s network. Even the guys over at Techcrunch seem to agree.
The CDMA variant of the iPhone 4 is codenamed the N92. According to Gruber’s sources, it isn’t in production yet and hasn’t even reached the prototype device verification test stage yet. It is in the engineering verification stage currently; which is exactly where it should be if it were to launch in January.
The CDMA iPhone 4 may also be made available worldwide with other CDMA providers; it isn’t exclusive to Verizon.
Experts project the sales of a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network at about 2-3 million in the first week, considering that a lot of Apple fans aren’t using the iPhone just because it is on AT&T’s network. Bringing the iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network would surely boost sales.
You read it right, the world’s first 3D phone is ready to roll out. No prize for guessing the manufacturer, it is Samsung off course. Samsung has the world’s best mobile AMOLED display (Super AMOLED, that is what they call it), and now the 3D AMOLED Samsung W960. Samsung W960 AMOLED 3D, though is a CDMA phone and will only be available in Korea.
Samsung W960 doesn’t need any 3D glasses. A shortcut key is present for switching on/off the 3D display. It has a 3.2 inch AMOLED screen with WQVGA resolution. It also has a 3.2 MP autofocus camera, DMB-T TV tuner, Bluetooth and a microSD slot. It runs on the Samsung’s own TouchWiz 2.0 OS.
Samsung W960 is expected to launch by Q2 2010 in Korea only.
Verizon Communications is the largest CDMA wireless carrier in the US. A recent rumor of Apple iPhone arriving on Verizon’s CDMA network has sent the sales of Verizon to an all-time high in the last four months.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on this matter saying that CDMA iPhones are already being developed. Now, there is only one possible CDMA network the iPhone can be preparing for and it is Verizon. Both Apple and Verizon have refused to comment on this though.
Analysts have predicted a 3.5 million growth in subscribers if the launch is successful. Craig Moffett, an analyst from New York has said,
There is undoubtedly enormous pent-up demand for the iPhone on Verizon’s superior network. iPhone availability will therefore mean an immediate acceleration for Verizon’s subscriber growth and, conversely, immediate share losses for AT&T.
Last year, AT&T made itself 3.1 million customers with its iPhone deal. AT&T is a GSM based network and is the only competition Verizon and Sprint CDMA networks face. iPhone availability on these networks will weaken AT&Ts position. AT&T already suffers from network congestion. The rumor has given people better hopes of using their iPhones on a better network.
Bright Telecom India has debuted in India by launching a new Dual SIM G-Fone series phone named G-588 which will allow users to change SIMs and use the phone on both a GSM network or a CDMA network.
The phone also has a full Qwerty keyboard, social networking integration through Nimbuzz and a 2.2 inch QVGA display, along with Bluetooth, MP3 player, FM radio, Opera Mini and a Indian Calendar. G-588 also has a 1.3MP camera and support for a MicroSD card.
From the looks of the phone, users might relate it with a Blackberry, however, the dual SIM capabilities is definitely the biggest USP of the phone, considering that CDMA is doing good in India and many service providers have equal options for both the networks.
Bright Telecom will be selling the G-588 phone for about Rs 4,799 which is approximately around $105. Considering the price, the phone is a definite steal.
Reliance Communications today announced a new plan for its CDMA and GSM fixed wireless subscribers. The Simply Mobile’ Reliance Plan offers one single rate of 50 paise per minute across India covering 24,000 towns and 600,000 villages. With the new plan, RCom extends its simply Mobile plan, where subscribers can enjoy call rate of 50p to any CDMA/GSM number in India, to the fixed wireless platform Reliance Hello.
Reliance Hello service users can now enjoy all Local and STD calls at Re.1 for a three minute pulse under Pay Per call plan and with Pay Per Minute. Subscriber can make all Local and STD calls just 50 paisa per minute to any GSM/CDMA network in India.
To enjoy this plan, existing Hello subscribers needs to recharge of Rs.38 for pay per call and Rs.48 for Pay Per Minute which are valid for an year.
Reliance Telecommunication has placed an order worth Rs. 340cr for two million CDMA handsets from Chinese telecom vendor Huawei Technologies. Reliance plans to roll out these devices within next week.
These CDMA handsets will be priced in the range of Rs 1,700-1,950 each device and will come with bundled value-added services (VAS). The device also comes with camera and FM radio and have a one-press access to the VAS platform. The RCom will deploy these handsets in Tier-II and Tier-III cities.
We are leveraging our extensive CDMA capabilities to drive VAS revenues as part of a larger business growth plan,said Krishna Durbha, head, VAS, Reliance Communications. The decline in Average Revenue Per User (ARPU) has been the major concern for most of the operators due to the telecom price war in the market. Reliance will offer a free bundled wallpaper pack from its R-World platform along with these handsets. The handset comes with a browser that enables customers to access entertainment-based VAS services, thus trying out a way to increase ARPU. R-world would mostly offer bollywood and cricket contents, which sells more.