Originally Posted by Walt
Actually it is possible with slightly different versions. Several companies have the 8830 and the 8700. I'm sure they could put out a cdma version of the 8300 if they wanted to. Just like the iphone. It doesn't have to be just for ATT customers. It's all politics and business. A lot of a** kissing and then marketing decisions are made. The hell with the customers that make all this possible.
There are actually NO companies offering both the 8830 and 8700.
You're neglecting two very key things here
1) Development times: Do you think that developing mobile devices is easy and quick? It's not! As far as a development process is concerned a CDMA device and a GSM device are two completely separate products. It's not simply a matter of "hey, lets pop the CDMA radio in here." Both software and hardware have to be specifically designed for the device and this takes a lot of time. Even after that's done, you have to go through a very lengthy testing process, again completely separate from other products.
2) Market: The vast majority of the world is NOT using CDMA. So if I'm in a business to make money, am I going to invest an equal amount of my time and resources into a vastly smaller market segment? That wouldn't make very much sense.
Your iPhone analogy is also completely off base. Yes, you're right it doesn't just have to be from AT&T, but it does have to be from GSM carriers because that's the technology it's built for. Could it be made for CDMA? Sure! But again, the above two reasons dictate that this is not necessarily the best route to pursue.
Before you go criticizing companies for why things aren't going in your favour, consider that there are other forces at work in the marketplace other than what you want.