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Verizon iPhone First thoughts

Well, Surprise, surprise; the worst kept secret in technology has finally been revealed. My first thoughts about the iPhone for Verizon. As I had said several times before, it won’t be official until either Verizon or Apple has confirmed it, and today, they have. And for the first time, i can tell you definitively, yes, the iPhone is coming to Verizon on Feb 10th… not January as all the rumors said… 😀 😀

1. It is NOT a NEW iPhone, just an iPhone 4 that has had its GSM guts removed and replaced with CDMA.

2. The phone will only have one additional feature: wifi hotspot mode, a-la the Droid X. the AT&T phone will only tether to one other device at a time.

3. The phone does NOT have a Verizon Logo anywhere on it, Looks like Apple wins the branding war.

4. Since the phone does not have GSM, it is not a world-phone unlike the AT&T model.

5. The phone does not have 4G-LTE, Verizon’s new higher speed network.

6. Verizon and Apple do not have an exclusivity agreement, meaning the iPhone may come to other CDMA carriers in the future (Sprint?)

7. Verizon has yet to release data and voice costs, leaving open the possibility that it may be cheaper or more expensive than other smart phones on Verizon. This also leaves open the possibility that the wifi-hotspot feature may cost more.

8. Verizon will NOT be loading up the iPhone with tons of random Verizon Apps just for the heck of it, though it remains to be seen what Verizon specific apps may appear in the app store when we get to release date.

9. No word yet on if face-time will remain a wifi only feature or if Verizon will allow it on the 3G network.

10. Current Verizon Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 for Verizon on Feb 3rd, and the general public will be able to order them starting on Feb 10th. The phone will come in a 16Gb $199 Model or a 32Gb $299 Model, both with a two year contract. Same prices as on AT&T

January 11, 2011   1 Comment

Final Thoughts on a Verizon iPhone

At the moment I am writing this, we are less than an hour away from what everyone is assuming is going to be the official announcement of the iPhone coming to Verizon wireless. I have been telling all of my friends and everyone I know who has been constantly asking me over the last few years if the iPhone were coming to Verizon that it will only be coming when it is official. It will only be official when either Apple or Verizon make the announcement, rather than anonymous sources of major publications. That being said, I believe strongly that this is going to be it, but it may be a less than thrilling announcement.

If the phone were going to be at all different, then it would be an Apple event, and not a Verizon one. My guess is that this is announcing a Verizon version of the iPhone 4, running on EVDO Rev A. 3G. Sometime this summer, Apple will make the announcement of a newer iPhone that will run on Verizon’s 4G-LTE high speed network, possibly with a faster processor as well. Now I may be wrong about this, and I would be delighted if I were, as an iPhone running on the new 4G-LTE network would be really awesome.

So the big question for me is, how long should I wait, or should I even consider switching from Android, over to the iPhone platform. I’ve been saying all along that I can’t wait for the Verizon iPhone, but now that its arrival is imminent, I’ve been using a Droid for over a year now, mostly because Apple and Verizon took too long. we’ll see how much longer I hold out.

I’m going to sit back, play with the baby and await the announcement. Initial thoughts will follow immediately after the event.

Edit (10:26AM): The other thing I want to find out is if Verizon will end up with a Logo on the phone anywhere, which is something Verizon insists upon, and yet Apple hates with a passion. My Guess: Apple wins, only an apple logo, or if there is a Verizon logo, it’ll be on the back, and small.

January 11, 2011   No Comments