Verizon iPhone 5 News: Global Phone Confirmed by CFO

The Apple iPhone 5 continues to be the subject of news and speculation despite the release being later in the year than originally expected. Just yesterday we asked what new features on the next iPhone would make this handset worth waiting for and today we have news about the iPhone 5 on Verizon, and the fact that it will apparently be a global phone.

Yesterday we also told how China Mobile, set to be a carrier for the next iPhone, had said it has agreed with Apple that a future iPhone will support its 4G LTE network. However we don’t think it will be the next iPhone, but maybe further down the line than that. The news today though comes from Verizon CFO Fran Shammo in an interview with Reuters, brought to us from Peter Pachal of PC Mag. For ease we are calling the next-generation handset the iPhone 5 although of course the name is not yet confirmed and there are rumors it could be called the iPhone 4S.

Shammo confirmed that the Verizon iPhone 5 would be a global phone, working in the same countries as the iPhone on AT&T. It would therefore be capable of using both CDMA and GSM networks. The current AT&T iPhone can be used in many areas outside the U.S. including locations in Europe, Asia and Africa, but the present Verizon iPhone has only had CDMA capability and so has not been compatible for those regions. Another thing that had been questioned is whether the iPhone 5 would be released at the same time on AT&T and Verizon and Shammo also seemed to co confirm that the Verizon iPhone 5 would be launching simultaneously with AT&T’s.

It’s also interesting that Shammo was asked about the possibility of the iPhone 5 using the Verizon 4G LTE network but didn’t give much away on this. Over on iPhone FAQ, Frank Macey tells more about this news from Verizon’s CFO and also gives information about what could be happening regarding data plans so check it out at the link if you want to read more about that.

What are your thoughts about Verizon getting a global iPhone 5? Would it allow you to make a switch from AT&T to Verizon as your iPhone carrier? Let us know by sending us your comments.