Verizon has confirmed that the iPhone 4 will be coming to the Verizon network next month. The 16GB Verizon iPhone model will cost $199 and the 32GB model will cost $299.
According to earlier rumors the iPhone 4 data plans will be $29.99 and Verizon will also provide mobile hotspot for the phone wherein you can connect up to 5 different devices to make use of your phone’s data plan.
However, if you are an AT&T user, you will have to break your existing contract and then sign a new 2 year contract with Verizon. Also, the AT&T iPhone 4 will not work on Verizon since it is a CDMA network.
Considering how fast Verizon LTE network is, this should see a huge shift of customers from AT&T to Verizon. The Verizon iPhone page is already up and can be visited here, but pre-orders won’t open up till February 3, 2010 for new customers. Existing Verizon customers can also get an iPhone 4 from reserved quantity before anyone else. Sign up link for the same is present in the above URL.
Check here on how to catch up with live updates from the Verizon iPhone conference.
At today’s Verizon iPhone conference, the Verizon CEO has confirmed that iPhone 4 will be headed to the Verizon network. The new iPhone 4 will support the CDMA technology that Verizon has.
The iPhone 4 will be launched on Verizon next month, whereas the iPad had made its debut on their network late last year. This is definitely good news for users who have been waiting for Verizon to launch the iPhone.
"We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display."
The new iPhone 4 has been designed specifically for the CDMA network and was in test for more than a year. This should open up iPhone access for CDMA vendors across the world, so you will see more networks being added by Apple in near future.
Verizon iPhone users will most likely benefit from the Verizon LTE network and see higher speeds. There goes millions of AT&T customers.
The price of 16GB iPhone 4 on Verizon will be $199 and 32 GB iPhone 4 will be $299. Verizon will also support mobile hotspots out of the box where you can connect up to 5 devices and access the internet.
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be up for pre-order on February 3, 2010. Sales of iPhone 4 will start on February 10, 2010 at online stores for Verizon and in Verizon or Apple stores.
More updates coming shortly.
Verizon will be announcing that they will be carrying the iPhone 4 today. This is after almost 4 years of exclusivity for AT&T. The event is highly anticipated and will see a lot of people making a switch to Verizon if they announce the iPhone 4 in their lineup.
The event is going to happen in next few minutes and you will be able to catch up on the action at some of the live blogs attending the event.
To catch up on live action from the Verizon event, use the links given below. Videos and audio updates will be added shortly.
More updates and videos coming soon.
Both Reuters and the WSJ have confirmed that Verizon will offer its existing unlimited data plans with the iPhone 4 as well. This means that if you have a CDMA iPhone 4 on Verizon’s network, you can get an unlimited data plan for $29.99.
In contrast, AT&T offers a $25 data plan which is capped at 2 GB data usage per month with an additional charge of $10 per GB. The voice plans are nearly identical for both carriers.
For data hungry geeks, this means that the Verizon iPhone 4 will be a much better option than the AT&T iPhone 4.
One point of concern is that the iPhone 4 doesn’t support LTE, so users will have to use the slower CDMA technology.
AT&T’s Larry Solomon has already attacked Verizon on this – “The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”
We will know more details about the Verizon iPhone 4 at tomorrow’s special event.
via AppleInsider & BI
At Verizon’s CES 2011 press conference, it announced a lot of new devices, including smartphones and tablets. With the Motorola Xoom, it also announced an upgrade to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The refreshed Galaxy Tab will offer some improvements over its predecessor.
It will now be powered by a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex A8 Hummingbird processor. It will also offer 4G LTE connectivity and will have a better 5 MP camera.
Everything else will be the same as the original Galaxy Tab, including the display, RAM, OS and other specs.
No details about the pricing of the new Galaxy Tab have announced yet.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon is planning to announce the much anticipated CDMA iPhone on January 11, at a press event which was announced recently.
With Verizon announcing its entire Android and LTE device lineup at CES, the only announcement which could warrant a separate event is the iPhone coming to Verizon.
The iPhone has been available exclusively on AT&T in the US since its launch in 2007. Many think that the number of smartphone users willing to buy an iPhone on AT&T has peaked, and to see further growth in user numbers, Verizon is Apple’s best bet. Many users have chosen Android phones over the iPhone only to avoid using AT&T’s network. Getting the iPhone on Verizon could see a lot of them jumping on to the iPhone bandwagon.
The Verizon iPhone will likely be similar to the iPhone 4, but will be a CDMA handset. What we don’t know is whether it will support LTE as well. It’s likely that LTE support will come only with the iPhone 5 which is to be launched this summer.
Word about a Samsung 4G LTE smartphone headed to Verizon had leaked out some time back, but until Verizon’s conference at CES, we didn’t know much about it.
Well, it was showcased at CES as just that – “Samsung 4G LTE smartphone”. Apparently, Samsung still hasn’t figured out what to name it, with all the awe-inspiring names like Infuse, Inspire, Revolution, Bionic, Thunderbolt etc already taken.
The specs of the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone seem quite impressive though. It has a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display and an 8 MP camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. It offers LTE connectivity and will be rolled out with the LG Revolution and the HTC Thunderbolt.
After numerous leaks, the HTC Thunderbolt has finally been unveiled by Verizon and HTC at the CES 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt features a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualacomm Snapdragon processor.
The back of the phone features an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone also sports a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.
Other key features of the HTC Thunderbolt include DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound, Built in kickstand, GPS with aGPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with a 32GB microSD card preloaded. The HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. HTC have also integrated Skye Mobile with video calling in their Sense UI on this phone.
Sadly, HTC did not mention the release date or pricing of the device. However, I expect the Thunderbolt to hit the shelves by Q1 of 2011.
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There were several press conferences held yesterday at the CES 2011, we saw a lot of exciting announcements at the events, you can catch up on most of the news by visiting our CES 2011 site.
However, the actual CES 2011 kicks off today and we will start seeing exhibitors and keynotes. Today’s session will be kicked off with an opening keynote by CEA President and CEO, Gary Shapiro on the State of the CE Industry. This will be followed by a keynote by Verizon CEO, Ivan Siedenberg at the Las Vegas Hilton Center.
Verizon might announce their own CDMA version of iPhone 4, but those are just rumors yet. However, they are set to announce at-least 3-4 new 4G phones and a tablet PC.
You can watch the CEA CEO and Verizon keynote live online at CNET live http://livestream.com/CNETlive and also at other live streaming CES links.
You could also watch CES 2011 coverage on TV or listen in on RADIO. Alternatively, you can catch up on the CEA CEO and Verizon keynote press conference in the embedded video below. You can also watch the streaming live at Verizon (registration required) http://client.uvault.com/2491/010611/keynote/live/registration.php
The most popular and the highly anticipated electronic event of the year CES 2011 is here. This year, we expect the CES to be dominated by tablets based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
Below is the list of the live events scheduled at CES 2011. All timings are in PST, you might want to use http://www.timeanddate.com/ to convert it to local timings.
Tuesday, January 4
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – MSI Press Conference
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM OnStar Press Conference
Wednesday, January 5
- 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – LG Press Conference
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Monster Press Conference – Invite only
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Netgear Press Conference
- 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Intel Press Conference
- 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Pioneer Electronics Press Conference
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM -NVIDIA Press Conference – Invite only
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Sharp 2011 CES Press Conference – Invite only
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Casio Press Conference
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Cisco Press Conference – Invite only
- 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Samsung Press Conference
- 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Panasonic Press Conference
- 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Motorola Press Conference – Invite only
- 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Sony Press Conference – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM – Audi CES night 2011 – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM – Gigabyte Press Conference – Invite only
Thursday, January 6
- 8:30 AM Keynote from CEA President and CEO, Garu Shapiro along with Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg.
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Skype Press Conference
- 11:00 AM Keynote from Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – T-Mobile Press Conference Invite Only
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Verizon Wireless 4G LTE News Conference Invite Only
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Sony Audio Press Brief Invite Only
- 4:30PM Keynote from Samsung’s president of Visual Display business, Boo-Keun Yoon
Friday, January 7
- 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – LensPen: SideKick — How to Really Clean the iPad
- 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Icron Will Unveil The New Video and USB Technology
- 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle
- 11:00 AM Keynote from CEO and President of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally.
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – iMovee Corporation: Bridging Mobile DTV to Smartphones and Tablets
- Noon The last keynote of CES 2011 Entertainment Matters.
- 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Bloggers
- 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – New FreeOneHand iPad Holder & Stand Product Demo and iPad Giveaway
- 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Kenwood Press Conference
Saturday, January 8
- 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle Registration Needed
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports 101 RSVP Required
- 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Media Press Event
Please read this post with a huge pinch of salt. The folks over at HTC Inside have managed to get their hands on what is supposed to be the specs of the upcoming HTC Thunderbolt. It is already known that the Thunderbolt will be the first 4G LTE handset from Verizon and HTC and will be unveiled at the upcoming CES.
Apparently, the Thunderbolt will pack in a dual core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor. The device will also sport a huge 4.3-inch LCD along with an 8MP camera at its back accompanied by 2 LED flash. The front of the phone will house a hold your breath 5MP camera for video calling. The Thunderbolt will have 16GB of on board memory along with a microSD slot expandable up to 128GB. The handset will also launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board. Oh! The phone has a huge 1800 mAh battery as well.
Now, I guess readers must have understood why I told them to read this post with a huge pinch of salt. Qualcomm had demonstrated its dual-core Snapdragon processor just a month back and the company made it clear that it won’t hit the handsets before Q2 of 2011. Also, a 5MP front-facing camera? Seriously!?!!
In my opinion, the Thunderbolt will be similar to the Desire HD except for a few subtle changes and the 4G LTE support.
Samsung started rolling out the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update for unbranded Galaxy S handsets in early November. The Korean company has been slowly rolling out the update to unlocked devices in various regions of the world. It was just a couple of days ago that the company started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for the Galaxy S in India.
Now, Samsung and T-Mobile UK have started rolling out the Android 2.2 update for T-Mobile branded Galaxy S devices in the U.K.
Along with the usual KIES release, T-Mobile has also released an OTA (Over-The-Air) software update. However, the OTA update might be delayed so users are recommended to try out KIES first. It is still unknown when all the four carrier branded variants of the Galaxy S AT&T’s Captivate, Verizon’s Fascinate, Sprint’s Epic 4G and T-Mobile’s Vibrant in the United States will get their share of Froyo love.
Hopefully, Samsung will release the Android 2.2 update for these devices before the end of the year.
The Motorola Droid is the bestselling Android handset until date. The phone launched with Android 2.0 on board, and then later was among the first few handsets to get the Android 2.1 and 2.2 update early. Now, Motorola and Verizon are going to release another software update for the Droid.
The FRG830 update for the handset updates many of the applications and widgets and also fixes some bugs.
The update also brings with it support for Microsoft 2010 Exchange and a new Gmail user interface’ which sounds pretty interesting.
Here is the full change-log from Verizon :
o Updated Twitter application with new authentication support
o Updated Amazon Widget
o Updated News & Weather widget
o Improvements to Exchange ActiveSync and support for Exchange 2010 connections
o Added new Gmail user interface
The update is expected to be rolled out to all Droid owners via OTA (Over-The-Air) within the next 24 hours. In all probability, the update will also bump up the Android version of the Droid to 2.2.1.
The Merge was supposed to be announced by Verizon and HTC at the Droid celebration party in Seattle, tonight. Sadly, that did not happen but the handset did make an appearance on Verizon’s website. Though, the image was pulled back a few minutes later. The full 360 degree view of the phone was up on the site before being pulled.
This definitely means that the Merge is quite close to its release. The HTC Merge is the Verizon’s version of the T-Mobile G2 or the HTC Desire Z. The handset sports a 3.7-inch S-LCD and is powered by an 800MHz Qualcomm Scorpio processor. The handset runs on Android 2.2 with HTC Sense UI on top of it. The Merge also packs a pop-out four-row QWERTY keyboard.
However, it is still unclear whether Verizon will be branding the Merge as a Droid device or just another Android handset in their portfolio.
WSJ had reported yesterday that the major wireless providers in the US – AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile were working on a joint project to deploy a mobile payment system. It looks like that piece of information was absolutely spot on.
Today, AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile USA announced a new national mobile commerce network named ISIS. ISIS aims to use NFC technology to enable easy mobile payments and point-of-sale purchases. With all the three heavyweights backing it, the service already has a massive user base to begin with.
“The new venture will enable contactless mobile payment and commerce services using near-field communication technology. NFC uses short-range, high frequency wireless technology to enable the encrypted exchange of information between devices at a short distance. The new system is being designed and built to include strong security and privacy safeguards.”
“Our mobile commerce network, through relationships with merchants, will provide an enhanced, more convenient, more personalized shopping experience for consumers,” said Michael Abbott, Chief Executive Officer of Isis. “While mobile payments will be at the core of our offering, it is only the start. We plan to create a mobile wallet that ultimately eliminates the need for consumers to carry cash, credit and debit cards, reward cards, coupons, tickets and transit passes.”
For more details, check out the official site – ISIS