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The VeriPhone!

Good afternoon/evening everyone! I hope your day was productive

Unless anyone has been hiding in a cave for a the last couple days, you undoubtedly heard a couple day ago, Verizon announced that the iPhone was coming to their network. I’m sure many of you have read similar blog posts, so I’ll just quickly sum up what we all know currently.

First, we know that the iPhone will be available on Verizon on February 10, 2011 for anyone who does NOT have a current Verizon contract. If you are a Verizon customer AND are eligible for a phone upgrade, you can pre-order the iPhone from Verizon’s reserve inventory starting on February 3, 2011 via their website. Apple and Verizon stores will start carrying it on February 10. The 16 GB iPhone will sell for $199 and the 32 GB iPhone will sell for $299, same prices as the AT&T iPhones.

Second, the Verizon iPhone is a CDMA phone. It does NOT support the LTE 4G network. This means that you will NOT be able to talk and use data at the same time, so I can’t say I warned the early adopters.

Thirdly, the iPhone Verizon is getting is the iPhone 4 and nothing more or less. Other than a CDMA modem (Versus GSM modem) nothing has really changed about the phone. The one big difference is at the software level where there is a new feature called Personal Hotspot. It allows you to share your iPhone’s cellular data via your iPhone’s WiFi connection with up to 5 devices around you! Now that is a cool feature!

We really don’t know much else about the VeriPhone currently such as pricing for voice and data, texting plans, how much Personal Hotspot, etc will cost. One thing that I can say is that Verizon says their iPhone will work in 40 countries around the world, with data available in 20 of those countries.

My Person Reflection:

In my opinion regarding the VeriPhone, I’m just not interested in it. 1. It is an iPhone 4. 2. Verizon doesn’t have coverage at all where I need it most. 3. Verizon’s 3G does NOT allow simultaneous voice and data (Simultaneous voice and data is something very important to me as a heavy data user). 4. The VeriPhone will only get 7 hours of talk time because their iPhone can’t fall back on a 2G network, versus (if you turn 3G off on an AT&T iPhone) you can get 14 hours of talk time on AT&T’s 2G network.

I’ve also been very satisfied with AT&T. When I’ve had problems, they resolved them quickly. And if the problems weren’t resolved quickly, they credited my account. (NOTE: It helps being nice and polite to the customer services representatives when explaining your problems/issues). AT&T also has coverage where I need it where Verizon doesn’t have coverage. Now, believe me, I understand that having good luck with a carrier comes with a flip of the coin. You’re either lucky or not. In my case, AT&T is and has been a great company to have as my carrier.

Having said all of that, let me say this. I’m glad that the iPhone is coming to Verizon because that means that AT&T finally has competition. Hopefully with that competition AT&T will step up their game and fix coverage holes & gaps, delivers 3G when they’re supposed to, etc. Several of my friends are mad that AT&T has not delivered 3G to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, MI. AT&T promised a year and a half ago that they’d bring 3G to that area. 3G is still missing from that market. I don’t blame my friends for being mad and I’d be mad too if I lived in that market. So, AT&T, I hope you’ve learned a lesson…don’t announce coverage enhancements until you fully know for sure that I’ll roll out in 6 months time or so.

So I’m happy that AT&T will have competition. Because that means we, the consumers, will win out in the end. And, after 4 years of the iPhone’s existence, people now have a choice.

To conclude, the iPhone coming to Verizon is great for others, but not for me. Hopefully you find this resourceful.

What do you all think about the VeriPhone? Are you going to jump off the AT&T ship and join Big Red? Are you staying with AT&T? Are you satisfied with your AT&T experience? Feel free to leave insightful and intelligent comments please. 🙂

iPhone WILL NOT come to Verizon anytime soon

Good afternoon all. Hope you’re all having a great day or evening.

I love (note sarcasm) waking up in the morning and seeing the following in my Twitter Timeline, “The iPhone coming to Verizon,” “Verizon to get the iPhone,” “[insert news agency or person(s) name here] says iPhone to Verizon launch soon.”

You get the idea. Has it happened yet? No. Why? Let me list it out for you here.

1st. We have to go back 4 years ago before the iPhone was released. Apple actually approached Verizon first about the iPhone. They said no. Now we can all speculate as to why they said no. My theory is that Verizon didn’t want to take the gamble on the iPhone because they wouldn’t get any say in the phone software and what’s on the phone; something Verizon desires to have; complete control over the phone. As Steve Jobs said at the D8 Conference this year, “No one has done anything like this before. We were the the first to tell the carrier, you worry about the network and we’ll worry about the phone.” I don’t think Verizon was ready to take on that risk. And that’s their loss. Lick your wounds and move on. Don’t hate for your mistake Verizon.

2nd. Have you seen how small and slim the iPhone 4 is? Have you seen interior pictures? It’s filled to the brim! You couldn’t fit anything else inside. Now take a look at the CDMA modems. They’re bulky and huge. There’s no way you could fit a CDMA modem into an iPhone 4 without redesigning the whole phone. Now, there’s a company overseas working on a GSM CDMA hybrid modem that would allow Apple to design one phone and then you, the consumer, choose which carrier to use. Now that’s a great idea! I support that idea. However, that hybrid modem is still too big for past and present iPhone designs. If that company can find a way to slim the modem down, then maybe you’d see it appearing in future iDevice hardware. But there’s still a couple problems here.

3rd. Speaking of CDMA and GSM, let me explain what those are. GSM and CDMA are wireless protocols. It’s the method of how a cell phone communicates with the tower and network for voice and data. CDMA is an archaic network that’s only used in the US, Mexico, Canada, and a few European countries. That’s it. It is not a big standard. That’s the standard Verizon uses. GSM, which is the Global Standard for Mobile communications, is the protocol AT&T and T-Mobile use in the US. GSM is the largest standard around for mobile communications. It made sense for Apple to choose AT&T because it allowed Apple to sell their iDevices all over the world versus a select few. Also, something else you need to know about about these protocols, CDMA, in its current form has limitations. For example, if you want to send a picture to the person you’re on the phone with, good luck. It won’t happen. If I want to send a pic to my friend whose on Verizon, she needs to get off the phone to receive the picture. On GSM, specifically HSPDA (AT&T’s 3G), I can send and receive MMSs while I’m on the phone. You can’t do that on Verizon’s vast 3G network. Same goes for Internet usage. On Verizon, you can’t talk and surf the web at the same time. Now for some people, that may not be a big deal. But to me, and a lot of other people I know, that’s a big deal. Oh, for you Droid users, having Android OS makes more sense to be on AT&T. I played with 2 Android phones at an AT&T store and was very happy that I could be on the phone and load a web page at the same time. But there is one more issue here and it has nothing to do with networks and phone models. Can you take a guess?

4th. You’ll have to think way back to when the iPhone was first announced back at MacWorld 2007. Do you remember now? Steve mentioned it just after announcing the “exclusive” carrier for the US. Oh you remember know don’t you? That’s right, AT&T is the EXCLUSIVE CARRIER FOR THE IPHONE IN THE USA! Apple and AT&T have a 5 year exclusive contract with each other. At this time, there are 2 years to go yet. You don’t want Apple or AT&T getting in trouble, do you? I know there’s a nationwide class-action lawsuit going on right now because AT&T has a “monopoly” on the iPhone, according to the plaintiff lawyers. If the courts decide to rule otherwise, I’ll support their decision.

To conclude, I’m happy the iPhone is on AT&T. I can take my phone pretty much everywhere and it works. I have had better coverage and better Customer Service with AT&T than with any other carrier I’ve been on.

If the chip manufacturer whose making the hybrid chip can make it small enough to fit in the iPhone and Apple decides, after the exclusive contract with AT&T ends, to develop an iPhone to work on all carriers, then I’ll welcome it because, contrary to what the Obama administration wants, it encourages competition, thus capitalism at it’s finest! GASP!

What is your take on all of this? How do you feel about AT&T’s exclusive agreement with Apple? Are you satisfied with AT&T and its many aspects? I welcome your opinions and feedback. If you comment, please be intelligent. I’ll only approve intelligent comments.

***NOTE*** the picture was made using Brushes iPhone app; picture is copyrighted by me. Use with permission only.