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Posted at 8:06 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Verizon iPhone could have been international

By Hayley Tsukayama

One limitation of the Verizon iPhone that's been highlighted in a few reviews is that it is not a world traveler: It will not work in as many international locations as its AT&T counterpart.

But a teardown from repair company iFixYouri and blog 9to5Mac shows that the Verizon iPhone does, in fact, have a dual GSM/CDMA chip that would let it work with the jet set if only it had space for a SIM card.

9to5 Mac said this "all but guarantees that the iPhone 5 will be dual-mode, perhaps one phone that can be used on both Verizon and AT&T," and overseas.

Check out 9to5Mac and iFixYouri's teardown video here:

By Hayley Tsukayama  | February 8, 2011; 8:06 AM ET
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Relevant question is; how many people who buy the iPhone will actually travel overseas? I suspect the percentage is single digits. Apple will sell 5 Million Verizon iPhones, ~4.75Million will never have a need to use overseas -- that doesn't seem like a deal-breaker.

Posted by: mundo01 | February 8, 2011 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Unless you have a large budget, international calling on cell phones is not a viable option in most countries.

Adding Skype to a cell phone and using a wireless computer connection at a hotspot may offer a more economical solution for international travel. This does not require a "world" phone.

The use of local service made possible by prepaid SIM cards is also offers a more reasonable solution. Your phone may be locked to prevent you from doing this.

The iPad has monthly wireless internet service plans available on a short term basis in a number of countries. This can be easily set up directly from the device.

Posted by: AlanBriggs | February 8, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

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