Verizon Wireless announced plans Tuesday to let any cell phone compatible with its technology run on its network, and to let owners of those devices run any application they desire, by the end of next year.
That would mean that any U.S. customer of Sprint's, which also uses the CDMA (code division multiple access) cellular networking technology, could use his or her phone on Verizon's data network. But the decision to open up the network to outside applications is a clear nod to the growing interest in mobile phones as an application development platform by companies like Google, … Read more
If nothing else, the threat of Google appears to have pushed Verizon into opening up its network to any device and any software, as the Wall Street Journal reports. The wireless industry has long thrown around the canard that it had to restrict access to protect its networks, but Verizon's move casts this policy into doubt and paves the way for the mobile Internet to become as big as the desktop Internet.
Of course, we still have the problem created by having different network standards in the US (CDMA, which Verizon uses, versus GSM, which AT&T uses, … Read more
It's become a rite of passage that the autumn season brings more than pumpkins and turkey dinners; it also brings another high-end messaging cell phone from LG and Verizon Wireless. Two years ago, we said hello to the LG VX9800; last year, it was the LG enV VX99000; and now in 2007, we greet the next model in the series, the highly anticipated LG Voyager VX10000. More of a thorough revamp than a simple redesign, the Voyager features everything that we liked from the VX9800 and the enV, but it raises the bar immensely by offering redesigned controls, V … Read more
Heads up, everyone, Samsung has announced another new cell phone. I know that's a shocker; it's not as if the company has announced any other new models in this short holiday week, but try to contain your surprise. The new Samsung FlipShot, aka the SCH-U900, is a high-end multimedia phone for Verizon Wireless. Not only does it offer the full slate of 3G features, but also it marks the return of the swiveling flip phone, a trend which briefly climaxed two years ago. Though it differs from the previous Samsung SCH-A970 in that the front flap can rotate … Read more
Yes, we've finally reviewed the LG Venus, the unique dual-screen slider handset from Verizon Wireless. If you recall, this phone has two screens--the upper one is a typical QVGA display, while the lower is a touch screen with onscreen navigation controls. The great thing about the touch screen is that the navigation layout changes depending on what's needed. For example, when the music player is activated, music player controls are revealed, and when the camera is activated, the camera's controls are revealed. Sure it's a little gimmicky, but it works great all the same. Features are … Read more
For those of you who have been coveting the LG Venus ever since you got a glimpse of it earlier during our CTIA coverage, you're in luck. That's because the LG Venus has gone official today on Verizon's site for immediate availability. As you remember, the Venus is a unique slider phone that has two screens on the face of it--the lower one is a touch screen for onscreen navigation--and features include EV-DO, a 2-megapixel camera, V Cast support, and more. It's available for $199.99 after a $50 discount and a 2-year service agreement.
For those Verizon Wirelesscustomers who have been waiting for the RIM BlackBerry Pearl 8130, the time is here. The pretty little Pearl is available now for purchase online and will be in stores nationwide on November 8 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. Unlike the original, GSM Pearls, the Pearl 8130 features video-recording capabilities, 3G (EV-DO) support, and built-in GPS, which you can use with Verizon's location-based service, VZ Navigator. It also has Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support for stereo Bluetooth headsets, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and support for up to 10 e-mail accounts. Sounds like … Read more