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iPhone WiMax Rumor

1:25 PM -- Yeah, yeah, I know, there's a story out there that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) could be plotting a WiMax iPhone.

Don't hold your breath for one though, folks -- you'll turn blue long before it arrives.

Consider that Apple is being pretty darn leisurely in delivering a 3G phone and then wonder why it would work on a WiMax phone that might enable users to get connected in Seoul, South Korea... if they're lucky.

I certainly wouldn't rule out a WiMax version forever. Maybe the tail-end of 2009 or 2010. Maybe. It really depends if the networks get good take-up or not. I suspect Apple will let other vendors, such as Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), figure out the inevitable device and network kinks before it dives into the choppy waters of 4G, however.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

wap545 12/5/2012 | 3:41:34 PM
re: iPhone WiMax Rumor It is very likely that Apple will offer an iPhone for a future WiMAX network. The real issue is not where a WiMAX network will be built it will be:
What Spectrum it will use.
They will not deliver a 2.5Ghz based iPhone, it is far to limited (major foliage issues)and will not be able to compete with AT&T and Verizon Wireless 700Mhz based LTE in a real Broadband Nationwide Mobile network.
It is more likely they will wait until a viable network/service providers deploys either a Licensed AWS (1700Mhz and 2100Mhz)or an Unlicensed White Space (under 400Mhz) based Broadband network. The latter is of great interest in that all the content/applicatiosn providers would relish the free and open access to these network services. If you want to measure the capabilities of a White Space spectrum based network just watch how aggressive the CellCO and the Broadcasters press the FCC to auction this spectruma nd not allow it to be open-Killer for them.

JIm
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