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This article was published on August 9, 2010

Verizon Roadmap: Droid Pro Is First GSM/CDMA Phone

Verizon Roadmap: Droid Pro Is First GSM/CDMA Phone
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Michael Klurfeld is a Chicago-based musician and technologist specializing in legal happenings and public policy. You can find him on Twitte Michael Klurfeld is a Chicago-based musician and technologist specializing in legal happenings and public policy. You can find him on Twitter here, or send him an email here.

A Verizon roadmap has leaked, and with it come some very interesting facts.

The rumored dual GSM/CDMA world phone that has been popping up here and there is apparently going to be called the Droid Pro, and it should be out this September. More than that, we know it’s supposed to have a 1.3 Ghz processor and a 4 inch capacitive touchscreen. The handset pictured would likely be the follow-up from HTC, another dual radio phone expected to arrive at the beginning of next year.

Samsung and HTC are also both expected to supply dual GSM/CDMA phones before the year is up with global roaming capabilities. Given the bands on many global phones, I wouldn’t be surprised if these handsets are compatible with AT&T’s 3G network as well as Verizon.

Other fun facts from the roadmap are that, yes, Verizon is getting some tablets, which are running Android. Didn’t see that coming, did ya?. Motorola is making one with a 7 inch touchscreen and a front-facing camera. Samsung is making one with a 10 inch touchscreen, front-facing camera, and Android 3.0.

A much more interesting detail is that Verizon is apparently on track to have LTE coverage for 75% of the country by 2012. That’s a fast rollout. But when Verizon says 75%, they mean population, not geography. So if you’re an early LTE adopter, expect dropping back to EVDO data upon flying out of a city.