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Qualcomm MDM6600 chip  (Source: iFixit)
Verizon's iPhone 4 uses a dual-model cellular chip

Those eager Verizon subscribers that pre-ordered the iPhone 4 are today starting to receive their smartphones. Not surprisingly, the ever-resourceful folks over at iFixit have already ripped open the iPhone 4 that they received today.

While there was some small changes visible from the outside that we already knew about (repositioned antenna gaps and hold/volume buttons), there's more going on underneath than just a switch from a GSM-based chipset to a CDMA-compatible one.

IFixit reports that Verizon's version of the iPhone 4 features the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip [datasheet], which is the exact same chip that is found in Motorola's Droid Pro world phone. That means that the chip not only supports CDMA2000, but it also supports HSPA+ which Apple conveniently disabled on this particular outing.

The folks at iFixit reckon that it was probably easier for Apple to simply go with a CDMA-only configuration now given the antenna constraints in the current iPhone 4 design. But future generation of the iPhone could very well support both CDMA and GSM which would simplify SKUs for Apple -- at least until LTE versions of the iPhone start rolling off the assembly line.

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RE: Disabled GSM
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2011 6:00:40 PM , Rating: 2
With no SIM slot, wouldn't you be SOL anyway?

RE: Disabled GSM
By flyingrooster on 2/7/2011 6:39:41 PM , Rating: 2
Time to break out the soldering iron :)

RE: Disabled GSM
By vol7ron on 2/7/2011 11:05:13 PM , Rating: 2
GeoHot is planning his next release: prisonbreak.
He's gonna try and hack his way out of jail.

Seriously though, he should post for donations. I've used his services, not for anything illegal, but to have things like control of background images, skins, texting from apps, unified inboxes, gesture menus, backgrounding -- many years before Apple finally implemented something that still doesn't hold a candle.

I can't support Sony any longer.

RE: Disabled GSM
By sieistganzfett on 2/7/2011 6:59:27 PM , Rating: 3
Of course, we need to wait for those
simply SKUs for Apple
that you wrote about in the article. ;)

RE: Disabled GSM
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2011 7:13:42 PM , Rating: 2
Burn! ;)

RE: Disabled GSM
By bigboxes on 2/7/2011 9:30:02 PM , Rating: 2
SKUs me while I kiss the sky!

RE: Disabled GSM
By The Raven on 2/8/2011 10:45:31 AM , Rating: 2
Oh you're not one of those people who thought that he was saying "SKUs me while I kiss this guy !"

I honestly don't understand how some lyrics get mistaken.

I don't understand how someone would think that unless they thought Jimi was a homersexual. I mean everyone else was fully aware that he had superhuman powers and that the ability to kiss the sky was one of them.

Now Springsteen on the other hand was frequently seen with a bottle of massengil, so I could understand that one.

And don't get me started on how we all knew that Elton John had a thing for Tony Danza (speaking of homersexual tendencies ;-).

RE: Disabled GSM
By Shadowself on 2/7/11, Rating: 0
RE: Disabled GSM
By Brandon Hill on 2/7/2011 7:14:27 PM , Rating: 2
He's talking about the Verizon iPhone which doesn't have a SIM slot or SIM.

RE: Disabled GSM
By TheRequiem on 2/7/2011 7:51:27 PM , Rating: 3
It's time for Apple to release this or at least the next gen iPhone on Tmobile and Sprint now too.

RE: Disabled GSM
By The Raven on 2/8/2011 10:48:33 AM , Rating: 2
Haven't you learned anything from the (justified IMO) Apple bashing that goes on here? Apple isn't smart enough to do that!

RE: Disabled GSM
By Phynaz on 2/8/2011 12:15:24 PM , Rating: 2
You know the operators have to make network changes t support iPhone functions, right?

It's not just up to Apple.

RE: Disabled GSM
By omnicronx on 2/8/2011 11:51:34 AM , Rating: 2
Yep, this really is not any news though, its been noted for some time that they were most likely making use of a dual mode chip from qualcomm for their CDMA iphones.

This will give them the ability to consolidate both GSM/CDMA lines in the future.

"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007

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