iPhone Can Turn the Tables; Verizon Market Share Skyrockets After Rumors of iPhone Arriving on Verizon

Verizon Communications is the largest CDMA wireless carrier in the US. A recent rumor of Apple iPhone arriving on Verizon’s CDMA network has sent the sales of Verizon to an all-time high in the last four months.

The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday on this matter saying that CDMA iPhones are already being developed. Now, there is only one possible CDMA network the iPhone can be preparing for and it is Verizon. Both Apple and Verizon have refused to comment on this though.

Analysts have predicted a 3.5 million growth in subscribers if the launch is successful. Craig Moffett, an analyst from New York has said,

There is undoubtedly enormous pent-up demand for the iPhone on Verizon’s superior network. iPhone availability will therefore mean an immediate acceleration for Verizon’s subscriber growth and, conversely, immediate share losses for AT&T.

Last year, AT&T made itself 3.1 million customers with its iPhone deal. AT&T is a GSM based network and is the only competition Verizon and Sprint CDMA networks face. iPhone availability on these networks will weaken AT&Ts position. AT&T already suffers from network congestion. The rumor has given people better hopes of using their iPhones on a better network.
(Via: Businessweek)

Google Denies Revenue Sharing With Android Phones And Carriers, Shuts All The Ballyhoo

Last week, there were intensive reports on Google sharing ad revenues with Android based phones, their carriers, android apps and manufacturers.

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Now, Google has come out with its official statement on this matter and has denied all these rumors. Google has clearly stated that it does not share any revenue with its Droids. However, it has a search revenue sharing with some carriers.

A Google spokesperson denied the ad sharing rumors in a statement to eWeek saying,

We share revenue on search, not on mobile applications. The same is true for non-Android devices that use Google as the default search engine.

Google accepts that carriers are paid a cut of the total revenue generated from search related advertising. Google has this deal in place with the HTC Nexus One and Motorola Droid. Both these phones include Google apps like Gmail, Google maps, search, Youtube, Buzz etc. This is the only revenue Google claims to have.

Although Google is not doing it now, we can safely assume it will once it acquires the mobile ad expert AdMob which specializes in ‘in-app’ ads.

A MocoNews rumor was the first to report the ad sharing. eWeek followed up busting the rumor this week.

HTC Incredible On Verizon Wireless In 2 Weeks?

Rumor mills are running at full blown capacity in the US mobile phone market. Daily Tech has landed a tip from Verizon insiders who say that the HTC Incredible will be sold on Verizon Wireless in the next 2 weeks.

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HTC Incredible is rumored to have a 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 Snapdragon ARM CPU and 512 MB of DRAM. The device will run 2.1 and have the pinch to zoom browser support, animated wallpapers and other tweaks which are available for Android 2.1.

HTC Incredible will also have a 8MP camera with a large lens, 6GB of flash memory and a MicroSD expansion slot.

Verizon wireless is also supposed to start selling the next week, so adding the HTC Incredible to their store will give Verizon users more Android based options, which Verizon will be pleased to have considering the good sales report for the Motorola Droid.

HTC Touch Pro3 Coming To Europe in Q3? [Rumors]

Windows Phone 7 will not be launched until late this year, however, there are rumors that the HTC Touch Pro3 may make its debut in Europe in the 3rd quarter of 2010.

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According to a post on XDA, there are indications that HTC Touch Pro3 will launch in the 3rd quarter of 2010 in Europe, this will definitely mean that the device will not be running Windows Phone 7 and may instead be loaded with Windows Mobile 6.5.

The rumors come from a XDA forum member who knows the main distributor of HTC Europe and claims that he received the HTC Touch Pro2 4 months before it made it to the market.

Just had a dinner with a friend of mine who is the main distributor for HTC in Europe, and he informed that they will receive the first shipment of Touch Pro3’s this summer and they will be on sale in Europe third quarter of this year.

The forum user also added that the device will be smaller and slimmer than the earlier versions of the Touch Pro. Considering that Windows Mobile phones are not doing that well, it will be interesting to see if HTC does launch the Touch Pro3 before Windows Phone 7 makes it debut.

However, the Pro3 might definitely get a Windows Phone 7 upgrade in the future even if it is released before it, considering that it is the future on mobile computing for Windows based phones.

The release date is mere speculation right now and Touch Pro3 might actually come out with Windows Phone 7, let’s hope for some official confirmation from HTC on that.

iSlate Specifications Leaked?

Looks like there is a pretty good evidence that the specifications for , the tablet that Apple is working on has been leaked. The specifications suggest that the iSlate will definitely be a really good device and have a powerful processor and huge RAM.

Leaked iSlate Specifications

It also suggests that iSlate may come with a good deal of accessories, including something called as the iSlate SuperDrive, which is an external CD/DVD drive. As rumored earlier, the iSlate may not come with a 10.1" screen. It will come with a 7.1" widescreen display as earlier suggested.

Here are some of the specifications for the iSlate:

  • 2.26Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB L2 Cache
  • 1066Mhz System Bus
  • 2GB 1066Mhz DDR3 SDRAM, can upgrade to 8GB
  • 120GB SATA HDD
  • iSight Camera
  • 7.1 inch display widescreen
  • Two USB Slots
  • Built in Networking and WiFi support. Will also support Bluetooth
  • Mac OS X Leopard v10.7

We cannot elaborate on whether these specifications are really true, and these specs may be totally fake. However, considering the above specs, we can certainly say that much of it would not be possible, but trust Apple to do the unthinkable. If the specs are really really true, this device will be a real killer. Now only if the screens were really 10.1".

Apple will be announcing the rumored iSlate later this month, you can expect a confirmation at that event.

HTC To Announce A Touchscreen Tablet Device At CES?

Apple has not yet even officially announced or confirmed the existence of the iSlate, and its competitors banking on the rumors have started making tablet touchscreen devices. Many Mobiles manufacturer’s and Computer manufacturerhtc-logo must be waiting to see the response of the public when Apple officially announces the iSlate.

Previously many manufacturer’s tried launching a tablet touchscreen device but failed miserably to capture a sizeable market share. Few days ago we told you about Notion’s Ink Adam Tablet, and now if rumors are to be believed, HTC is all set to announce a Touchscreen tablet device at the upcoming CES. The tablet touchscreen device is believed to be using a Qualacomm based processor and will be running the Android OS. There is no word whether the tablet touchscreen device supports Multi-touch or not. HTC has been known for making WinMo and Android based phones until now.

It will be interesting to see whether this rumor of a tablet touchscreen device from HTC turns out to be true or not.

Rumor: Apple Tablet to Be Called iSlate?

Apple-TabletApple and rumors: a match made in heaven. On one hand you have a company which is obsessed with secrecy, and on the other hand you have hordes of die-hard fans who would go to any length to uncover what’s brewing inside the Apple labs.

Over the past week, we have done our bit to indulge the rumor mills about Apple Tablet. And here comes another juicy speculation that has been buzzing through the intertubes. Apple Tablet may be named iSlate.

The basis for these rumors? Well if you are looking for something concrete, there isn’t anything. But, MacRumours has managed to unearth that in 2007 Apple had purchased the domain iSlate.com. The domain is currently owned by Markmonitor.com – a brand protection firm. Not only that, TechCrunch also discovered that islate.co.uk is also owned by Markmonitor.com, while islate.fr is owned by a firm called Wilson & Berthelot, which happens to list Markmonitor as the technical contact for the domain name registration. Markmonitor was also responsible for registering islate.info and islate.biz. And, both of these domains were registered on the same date as islate.co.uk – 17th November 2006. It is quite possible, that Markmonitor was hired by Apple to register the domains on their behalf.

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Within of a week of the domains being registered, a company called Slate Computing filed a US word mark for ‘ISLATE’. What is Slate Computing all about? These are the goods and services provided by Slate Computing according to the filing information:

Computers; computer software, namely, database management software, electronic mail and messaging software, Internet browser software, paging software, database synchronization software, software for accessing, browsing and searching online databases, software for creating spreadsheets, tables, graphs and charts, software for organizing and analyzing data, software for word processing, software for creation and display of presentations including text and graphics, software used for image editing, image processing, image acquisition, image file management, image viewing, image sharing, and the creation of documents incorporating images, software for use in developing websites, software to help users create, edit, organize, search, transfer, publish and subscribe to weblogs, blogs, podcasts, web broadcasts and news and information feeds on global and/or local computer and telecommunications networks, software for use in authoring, downloading, transmitting, receiving, editing, extracting, encoding, decoding, playing, storing and organizing audio, video and still images, software for authoring digital content, software for personal information management, software for DVD authoring, software for the electronic storage and retrieval of electronic calendar files, software with clock and alarm clock functionality, telephony management software, character recognition software, application development tool software for personal and handheld computers, software for the redirection of messages, Internet e-mail, and/or other data to one or more electronic handheld devices from a data store on or associated with a personal computer or a server, and software for the synchronization of data between a remote station or device and a fixed or remote station or device; computer operating system software; computer utility software; computer peripherals. notebook computers; laptop computers; tablet computers; computer servers; handheld computers; mobile computers; hard drives; audio speakers; speakers for computers; radios; cameras; video cameras; telephones; mobile telephones; personal digital assistants; electronic personal organizers; electronic notepads; blank magnetic data carriers; computer gaming machines; microprocessors; memory boards; computer monitors; keyboards; computer input devices, namely, touch screens, styluses, mice, trackballs and shuttle dials; computer cables; modems; printers; computer accessories, namely, computer battery chargers, battery packs, docking stations, adaptors, computer wired and wireless remote controls, audio headphones and earphones, and replacement parts for all the aforesaid goods.

Bear with me for a moment, because at this point things get really interesting. A quick online search provides absolutely no information about ‘Slate Computing’. For a company that doesn’t have any online presence (and no one has heard about), Slate Computing definitely manufactures a hell of a lot of products. What are the odds that Slate Computing is a shell company? Is it just co-incidence that their product line seems match with Apple’s?

TechCrunch also uncovered that, ‘Slate Computing’ had filed a trademark for the term in the European Union too. The trademark was filed on the same day (21st Nov, 2006) and the legal representative for the firm was the UK-based firm Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge. These are the same guys Apple had worked with while trademarking the term ‘MacBook’ in the EU.

The evidence behind the iSlate speculations is by no means concrete. But at least there is some evidence to back up these speculations, which is a lot more than what we can say about most Apple related rumors.