India CDMA Carriers Working on iPhone Deals

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India cell service providers Reliance Communications and Tata Teleservices are apparently negotiating with Apple to carry the iPhone on their CDMA-based networks. If true, their talks add more fuel to the rumors that Apple could be building a CDMA version of its popular iPhone that’s currently compatible only with GSM-based cell networks.

One unnamed source familiar with the discussions said “Tata has been in talks with [Apple] for four to five months now,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Currently, the iPhone is available in India through Vodafone and Bharti AirTel. Both carriers use GSM technology for their cell networks, just like AT&T in the United States.

Apple’s iPhone can’t operate on CDMA cell networks because the technology isn’t compatible with GSM-based equipment. Adding carriers that rely on CDMA would require Apple to build a second iPhone model that supports the technology.

Rumors that Apple has been working on a CDMA-based iPhone for Verizon in the U.S. have been circulating for some time, and have even included several launch dates that have come and gone without the mythical device appearing. Assuming the insider sources are correct and Apple is negotiating with Tata and Reliance, there’s at least a little more evidence that a CDMA-based iPhone is in the works, even if it doesn’t come to Verizon’s network.

There isn’t any word on when the carrier negotiations may be completed, and Apple isn’t offering any comment.

Comments

Jeet

Hey let me comment a bit. I am an Indian by birth and stay.
The players Reliance and Tata Teleservice, are the bottom-most players in India. They haven’t even got normal GSM Subscribers, leave alone for iPhone. And about Reliance, all Indians know that their name is an irony and by far the most cheat company in India. Any consumer complain website will prove it. So whatever they do, atleast Reliance will suck. And we must not forget India is a poor country with >33% of the 120 Crore people below poverty level. iPhone 3G was an official failure with its high tariff rate and costing the salary of a month of an average Indian. So even the moneyed people will only buy from Vodafone or AirTel as they don’t Cheat.
Best, Jeet.

Lee Dronick

Jeff, great graphic of the iPhonewith the flag of India wall paper.

Jeet, thank you for the local report of Indian cell service.

Question for those of you knowledgable on cell systems. Are all CDMA systems the same? Are they the same frequency and such. What I am wondering if a CDMA iPhone sold in China or India could be brought to the USA and jailbroken to run on Verizon.

Jeet

Hey let me comment a bit. I am an Indian by birth and stay.
The players Reliance and Tata Teleservice, are the bottom-most players in India. They haven’t even got normal GSM Subscribers, leave alone for iPhone. And about Reliance, all Indians know that their name is an irony and by far the most cheat company in India. Any consumer complain website will prove it. So whatever they do, atleast Reliance will suck. And we must not forget India is a poor country with >33% of the 120 Crore people below poverty level. iPhone 3G was an official failure with its high tariff rate and costing the salary of a month of an average Indian. So even the moneyed people will only buy from Vodafone or AirTel as they don’t Cheat.

Jeet

Extremely sorry for the double post. Please delete the redundant one.

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