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Even as Verizon continues attacking AT&T’s comparatively poor network with new ads, and by proxy the iPhone, the latest rumor has Apple developing a “worldmode” iPhone capable of running on any network. The three holiday-themed ads, “Blue Christmas,” “Elves,” and “Misfit Toys,” each highlight the weakness of […]

Even as Verizon continues attacking AT&T’s comparatively poor network with new ads, and by proxy the iPhone, the latest rumor has Apple developing a “worldmode” iPhone capable of running on any network.

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The three holiday-themed ads, “Blue Christmas,” “Elves,” and “Misfit Toys,” each highlight the weakness of AT&T’s 3G wireless coverage, but the latter most directly and hilariously attacks the iPhone. Paying homage to the Rankin/Bass animated classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a familiar-looking device shows up on the Island of Misfit Toys, the place where defective toys are exiled. When the misfits ask why such a great toy that can download apps and browse the web is there, the familiar lackluster coverage map pops up.

The message of each commercial is the same: bad networks ruin even a great phone. AppleInsider is now reporting that perhaps Apple feels the same way, and is preparing to do something about it.

Based on a report from research firm OTR Global “citing sources in the Taiwan handset supply chain,” the hybrid iPhone will use a new chip from Qualcomm allowing it to function on both CDMA and GSM networks. The hybrid iPhone will be available in the third quarter of 2010, which makes sense, as previous reporting puts the end of AT&T’s exclusivity agreement in 2010. Unfortunately, things stop making sense right there.

The research note also states the new iPhone has a 2.8″ screen, compared to 3.5″ for current iPhones. AppleInsider notes rumors from last year about an iPhone with a smaller screen, which turned out to be false, at least at the time.  However, there is another possibility besides a smaller iPhone, that being a smaller iPhone.

What seems more likely at this stage of iPhone development, a major redesign of the existing model or the addition of an iPhone nano? Looking back at the history of the iPod would suggest the latter. Following Palm’s lead with its second webOS phone, the Pixi, Apple could even leave out Wi-Fi to further differentiate the iPhone nano from the iPhone. Actually, a smartphone without Wi-Fi in 2009 would belong on the Island of Misfit Toys, so scratch that, but a “free” iPhone nano under contract would undoubtedly find its way under many a tree this year.

  1. The 2.8″ screen rumor is a rehash of a rumor a year ago. I still have trouble believing it, and think it makes little sense. However, the hybrid chip for CDMA/GMS phones makes a LOT of sense.

    I’m not saying the rumor is true, just saying it’s a practical move that Apple could make. Even the timing seems right, as the new hardware would likely be introduced on AT&T in June (traditional new iPhone time), and then rolled out to Verizon a quarter later.

    The new set of Verizon ads hammer AT&T, but ease up on the iPhone (no more iDon’ts). Maybe they’re laying off since they’ll be getting the device next year?

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  2. UnhappyHarriet Sunday, November 8, 2009

    I have a first generation iPhone. I won’t be purchasing another until I can have a choice of carriers.

    I’ve been looking at other phones. I don’t need the AT&T aggravation.

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  3. If Verizon gets hold of the iPhone they will definitely cripple it like they do with every other phone…

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    1. can the AT&T iPhone, tether like the Verizon Wireless Windows Mobile Samsung Omnia, or has Google Voice like the Verizon Wireless Android Droid? hmm, crippled, can the iPhone multi-task? can iPhone apps be downloaded from a developer’s own site or a forum?

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  4. Hope this is true. I can’t consider the iPhone until it is available on Verizon. My ill-advised switch to AT&T from Verizon has been a nightmare with constant dropped calls.

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  5. I remember there was an article on this blog, telling the truth about the Verizon network.

    An iPhone without Wi-Fi, it would emphasize Apples reputation as the company without major features. Missing UMTS almost killed the iPhone for the wider audience. So you can’t cut such a major feature from the device.

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  6. Which third quarter? Apple’s?

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  7. Way better ad idea than “there’s a map for that” or “ZOMG we got da friggen Droid!!!~1’!!!” ads. I mean, it’s kinda futile to claim how much the iPhone supposedly sucks. But a poor network coverage is a strong argument, so let’s hope Apple will make a non-provider-bound iPhone. I’m a bit worried about the prices though.
    If you’re in Germany, or if you can go there, you can visit the iPhone Store at Bochum. They’re selling unlocked (actually non-locked) iPhones. See http://theappleblog.com/2009/09/04/exclusive-first-retail-iphone-store-to-open-in-germany-next-week/

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  8. [...] Rumor Has It: Verizon iPhone in Q3 2010 Even as Verizon (s vz) continues attacking AT&T’s (s att) comparatively poor network with new ads, and by proxy [...] [...]

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  9. I can’t wait to get rid of AT&T and return to Verizon. Much better network and far superior customer service.

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  10. [...] imagine that the next iPhone could use both GSM and CDMA-based networks, allowing it to be offered on Verizon in the U.S. Of course, then some of Apple’s commercials would become factually [...]

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