A veto by President Bush on a ruling by the ITC that puts a ban on the import of many cellular phones using Qualcomm-designed microchips was not forthcoming. The ban goes into effect on August 7. Qualcomm's next move is to ask for a stay--warding off the ban until is likely to seek an immediate stay from the ITC ruling until an appeal.
The ongoing fight between Qualcomm and Broadcom is at the heart of the battle--which heated up when the ITC ruled in Broadcom's favor, supporting Broadcom's claim that Qualcomm illegally used its technology.
Banned are phones with Qualcomm chipsets inside that are based on the EVDO standard. As long as phones were in line to be imported before the June 7 ITC ruling, they are exempt.
Who will be hurt most? Sprint Nextel. Verizon Wireless reached a deal with Broadcom so the ban won't affect them. And, I know you're just waiting to hear--nope--the iPhone is a 2G model and isn't affected.