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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 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 ;-).

"I modded down, down, down, and the flames went higher." -- Sven Olsen

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