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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

Shuttle launch is delayed

The Space shuttle launch was just delayed for the day due to weather.shuttleweather
It looks like the next attempt will be for tomorrow at 6:51pm. The Major reasons for this scrubbing of the launch attempt are due to lightning in the area which the shuttle cannot take off in, as well as not being able to land if there is a launch abort during the initial stages of the shuttle launch. At this time the NASA team is busy preparing to remove the crew from the orbiter and reset the launch procedures for a launch tomorrow evening. Photo Courtesy of NASA.

July 12, 2009   No Comments

Leak forces shuttle delay

And I miss my opportunity to finally see a Shuttle launch. The closer we get to the last of the launches, the more and more I am realizing that if I do not take the opportunity to try to get to one, it will be over before I realize it, and I’ll never see one. Yesterday I was realizing that if I did everything right, I could just make it in time to see todays launch. Unfortunately, I found out around 2am this morning as I was racing across south Georgia, that a leak is forcing a delay to this particular launch. I guess I’ll just have to come back at a later time. The one good thing is that I was able to get bumped to an earlier flight back home, so I’ll be able to take a nap in my own bed later this morning. I am writing this sitting at the Orlando airport, and will be departing at 6:15. The following is the text of NASA’s official press release about the delay.

The launch of space shuttle Endeavour’s STS-127 mission to the International Space Station is on hold due to a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the external fuel tank. The system is used to carry excess hydrogen safely away from the launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. At 12:26 a.m. EDT Saturday, managers officially scrubbed the launch for at least 96 hours.

The earliest the shuttle could be ready for liftoff is June 17, however there is a range conflict on that date with the scheduled launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. 

Mission managers will hold a meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday to discuss the repair options and Endeavour’s launch attempt opportunities. A news conference will follow the meeting’s conclusion and will air live on NASA Television and the agency Web site.

June 13, 2009   No Comments

DTV Delay act confusion

After many attempts to delay the DTV transition, President Obama signed the delay into law on Feb 11th, 2009, The transition was originally supposed to take place on February 17th, 2009. This transition had been planned for a long time, and there was a major failure to educate the public and prepare everyone for this transition to take place. So, because the public is not ready, what are we to do? Howabout we delay the transition? well, yes, and no. The transition delay has been approved, however they botched the delay, and instead of just delaying the entire transition… they did this:

Congress did not require stations to continue broadcasting in analog after February 17th, and stations may choose to complete their transition, and stop broadcasting in analog, before June 12th. – FCC Website

Talk about a way to get everyone all messed up. Fortunately it appears that the first stage of the transition went well. Many stations will be required to not just turn off there analog transmissions when they do the switch, but also switch transmission lines and frequencies of their digital transmissions at the same time, leading to several reasons for the stations to want to switch before June 12th:

  1. Pre-Scheduled tower work and staffing for the transition
  2. Decrease in power consumption requirements for transmission services
  3. Pre-existing property agreements for those switching transmitter locations

Not to mention all of those who participated in the FCC’s spectrum auction that would like to be able to occupy their newly purchased spectrum sooner rather than later.

A total of 641 of television stations took advantage of the flexibility afforded them by law to transition to digital broadcasting as of Tuesday. Nearly two-thirds of the nation’s 1800 full-power commercial stations chose to continue broadcasting analog signals so that consumers unprepared for the transition can take advantage of the additional time afforded by the new DTV Delay Act to prepare. The law extended the deadline from Feb. 17 to June 12. – FCC Web site

This has all been added on top of the already super-confusing state of what consumers need to know about the DTV transition. Almost everyone I have talked with is in some way confused about what this transition means to them. Here is the lowdown.

  • This transition ONLY effects those people who receive their Television signals over-the-air from an antenna. Either from an antenna on the roof or “rabbit ears”
  • This transition will NOT affect you if you receive your television signals from the cable company, your telephone company or a satellite provider no matter what type of television you use or if you use a cable box or not.
  • This transition does NOT mean you need to buy a new TV
  • This transition does NOT mean you need to get cable if you didn’t have it before
  • This transition does NOT mean you need to upgrade to “digital cable”
  • If you have a television, and use an antenna to receive your local stations, you MUST have an ATSC tuner to continue your reception after those stations turn off the older analog transmitters.
  • Most new televisions have an ATSC tuner built in.
  • You can get an external ATSC tuner to use with your current television, at a relatively low cost (or for free if you were lucky enough to get a coupon).

Should be easy enough, right? Well, Its been kind of frustrating to see commercials for our local cable company saying that if you sign up with them, they will take care of the DTV transition for you… which they will, but if you don’t have cable currently, a converter box is going to be MUCH cheaper than signing up for even the most basic of cable packages. Also, I have heard several sales people at retailers trying to pitch that you MUST buy a new television in order to continue getting television, regardless of how you get it, even if you are already a cable subscriber. I find this sort of deception toward the public repulsive at best.

February 20, 2009   No Comments