Yes, it's finally here. After almost four years of endless gossip, analyst forecasts, and so-called leaks, the Verizon iPhone is a reality. We're thrilled, to be honest, if only because we never have to write another rumor story again. The iPhone 4's arrival on a second U.S. network is significant, of course, but the smartphone market is a thousand times more mature than it was in 2007 when the first iPhone hit. So, though we expect Verizon to gain a lot of new customers, its iPhone faces heavy competition from rival carriers, and even from within … Read more
The exclusive partnership between Apple and AT&T wireless has finally come to an end! At a press conference in New York today, Verizon's COO Lowell McAdam announced that the company will begin selling its own iPhone 4 starting next month. Wilson's off covering the announcement, so Digital City's Joseph Kaminski fills in for an agnostic perspective on the release.
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be the same model that AT&T carries now except that the Verizon version will connect to the CDMA network instead of GSM. Aside from better service (hopefully), Verizon will also offer personal Wi-Fi "hot spot" access that lets up to five devices connect wirelessly to the iPhone at once- no word yet on how much extra you'll have to pay for that, however.
Additionally, one of the limitations is that CDMA is that the network won't allow for simultaneous Internet browsing and voice calling, which might be a dealbreaker to some, but most will just be satisfied to make uninterrupted phone calls.
Starting on February 10, a 16GB and 32GB model will cost $200 and $300 respectively with a 2-year contract dea, but we're still in the dark regarding data prices and whether or not there will be an unlimited options on deckl.
So this leaves current AT&T subscribers in a tricky situation: jump ship now and pre-order the Verizon iPhone 4 or wait a few months for Apple to release the next version, hopefully with access to Verizon's superfast 4G LTE network? Check out today's show to hear our best advice for prospective iPhone owners!Episode 736 Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more
So you're thinking of switching to the Verizon iPhone next month from another carrier? Assuming you'd like to keep your current phone number, there are some clear-cut dos-and-don'ts when it comes to porting numbers. Here's a refresher in case it's been a while. Read up on everything else you need to know about the iPhone 4 here.
Do I cancel my current contract? Don't even think about it! The best way to lose your cell phone number forever is to cancel your contract with your current carrier (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or others) before signing on to a new one. Instead, walk into any retail store with your current phone in hand and sign up for a new contract. Verizon reps will do all the heavy lifting for you, essentially canceling your contract on your behalf.
Will I need to sign a new contract? Yes, unless you wish to buy the iPhone 4 at the off-contract price, which typically costs much more up front. The 16GB model will cost $199.99 with a two-year contract; the 32GB model will sell for $299.99.
How long will it take to port my number? The timing varies, but you could get use of your number on your new phone in as few as 3 hours, or up to a day. If the volume of requests is too high, the port could take as many as four days. Patience is a must.… Read more
After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally brought the iPhone 4 to Verizon Wireless. While much of the hardware remains the same, there are a couple of important differences.
Obviously, there's the change from GSM to CDMA, which means the phone won't be able to use voice and data simultaneously with current CDMA technology. Also, the Verizon iPhone will have mobile hot-spot capability, while the AT&T one does not. In the chart below, we've tried to document the differences between the two phones. While Verizon has not told us the iPhone 4's data plan, we've included the carrier's data plan on its current smartphones for the time being. … Read more
As the race for carriers and phone manufacturers surges to push out LTE 4G-enabled phones of the likes that poured from CES last week, we've seen some rumors that Samsung is prepping to release a new LTE phone with MetroPCS.
The photos of the phone information clearly show that the phone is the Samsung SCH-R910 running LTE (look under Baseband version.) It also appears to run Android 2.2 (Froyo; look under Firmware version.)
Android and 4G were the big themes here at CES, with several smartphone announcements from Motorola, HTC, LG, and more. We go over the Best of CES nominees and also mention the Verizon event next week that may or may not feature a certain Apple product.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video)
Ever since AT&T and Apple introduced the iPhones by the millions. But along with that success, AT&T also has been blamed for a creaking network that has saddled users with dropped calls and slow data speeds.four years ago, the carrier has raked in the cash and customers while selling
Though AT&T doesn't deserve all of the blame, it shouldn't escape it completely. Indeed, when I was at CES last week, I couldn't get an iPhone signal anywhere near the Las Vegas Convention Center. It can be pretty miserable, … Read more
The PlayStation phone leaks keep coming.
Just a few days after photos of the rumored PlayStation phone hit the Web, a new video has been released, showing someone playing Resident Evil 2 and Rage Racer on the device. Like the previously leaked photos, the device has slide-out controls, featuring both a D-pad and the familiar PlayStation buttons. The display boasts a touch screen that seems to respond quite well to the person's taps.
In order to play a game on the device, the person in the video was forced to use an app called ROM Buddy, a third-party program … Read more
At CES 2011, Microsoft provided little detail about its upcoming Windows Phone 7 update, other than to say that it would bring copy-and-paste and performance improvements. Needless to say, the lack of information was disappointing, but at least the performance enhancements look promising.
The guys over at Anandtech got a demo of the forthcoming update on video and as you'll see, the app load times are significantly faster. In the side-by-side demo, Bejeweled loaded 16.9 seconds faster on the updated phone compared to the handset running the current version of Windows Phone 7.
The Microsoft representative notes that … Read more
Wilson's taking a day off after powering through CNET's video coverage of CES 2011, so Caroline McCarthy fills in to give us the spectator's perspective of the show and the keynote speeches. Unsurprisingly, the Samsung keynote looked just as over the top online as it did in person.
We saw a lot of cool things at CES this year, least of which was this arcade cabinet for the iPad, but this year was definitely about tablet PCs. They stole the show and came in multiple sizes, but CNET's annual Best in Show Award goes to the Motorola Xoom, although we're hoping this isn't how they show their appreciation.
Poised to go head-to-head with the Apple iPad, the Xoom is a touch screen-tablet that trumps the iPad in a few ways. It has front- and rear-facing cameras (the front is HD); it has a larger screen with a higher resolution than the iPad; and it operates on the Verizon network instead of AT&T.
It's also the first device to run the latest version of Google Android OS 3.0, code-named Honeycomb, so when it comes out sometime in the first quarter of this year, expect it to support multitasking and Verizon's ultrafast 4G network.
Verizon is also rumored to be offering the iPhone 4 pending tomorrow's announcement, and Caroline and I are both excited and nervous about its release. The Wall Street Journal reported that the company will keep its $30-a-month unlimited data plan, but our own Bonnie Cha tells us it might not get LTE 4G support until later this year--as usual, it's all up to Apple.
Aside from CES wrap-up stuff, check out the second half of today's show for Jeff's review of "American Idiot," the Broadway musical based on Green Day's music and featuring lead vocalist Billy Armstrong.Subscribe in iTunes audio | Suscribe to iTunes (video) | Subscribe in RSS Audio | Subscribe in RSS Video… Read more