New evidence has surfaced that supports a longtime rumor that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 will be a world phone with dual-mode GSM and CDMA. According to TechCrunch, a major iOS apps developer, who asked not to be named, has offered up some “solid proof” that supports the world phone claim. If true, this would essentially kill the 4G LTE iPhone 5 rumor.
The developer provided app usage logs for an app that they were developing, revealing that a number of people who registered to test out the app did so from a device that is most certainly an iPhone 5. Unlike all models thus far of the iPhone, this new single device had two distinct sets of mobile network codes (MNC) and mobile country codes (MCC). These codes can be used to identify mobile carriers.
Some of the devices that registered to test out the developer’s app showed MNC/MCC codes from both Verizon and AT&T. This is great news for CDMA iPhone users that wish to travel abroad since dual-mode support would mean convenient roaming between the two networks. However, this could also mean that those hoping for a 4G LTE iPhone 5 will be disappointed.