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Monday, February 28, 2011

Buy Verizon iPhone 4, No Wait...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 10:00 AM

"The Verizon iPhone 4 has the same antenna attenuation problems that the original AT&T model suffered from, according to Consumer Reports. The magazine said on Friday that just as with the GSM version of the iPhone, users can cause a drop in signal strength on the device if they bridge the gap in the outer band with their fingers."

When the Verizon iPhone 4 came out, and iFixIt did their magic, Consumer Reports said the design changes led them to recommend the Verizon iPhone 4. Now comes word that they cannot recommend it due to the same antenna issues, issues that every phone has, depending on how you hold it. Whatever, as the young kids say.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

iPhones Battle It Out in Chicago

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:30 AM

"The Verizon version of the iPhone 4 doesn't need a full review-partially because you've read a bunch already, and partially because there's not a lot to differentiate it from the AT&T iPhone 4. Yes, iFixit found a number of subtle differences between the two devices on the inside, but from the user end, there are really only two major differentiators: choice of network and the personal hotspot feature.

We decided to focus our testing energy on these two differentiators, plus the Verizon iPhone's battery performance, with a special focus on Chicago."

It should come as no big surprise that AT&T's network is faster for data, with AT&T's HSDPA able to theoretically do 14Mbps downloads, while Verizon's CDMA EVDO Rev A offers a theoretical maximum of 3Mbps downloads.

Performance testing showed: AT&T winning every Latency test; SpeedTest Download and Upload speeds had varied download winners; while AT&T was faster in every upload test; downloading Angry Birds (free) at 15.1 mb was always faster on AT&T; but a YouTube video of 4:35 (m:ss)  download was nearly the same on both networks. The review does offer a probable explanation for Verizon's YouTube performance: their optimization and buffering of video stream content.

Finally, they do caution that where you use your iPhone (and the carrier service at that location) will always trump any benchmarks, so, balance AT&T's performance against Verizon's strengths: phone calls, and the mobile hotspot feature.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Get FiOS and Get a Gift Card

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"If you are in the market for a new cable, internet, and phone provider, you may have another reason to choose Verizon FiOS. Heck, even if are interested in buying an iPhone 4 anytime soon, you may now have a reason to be interested in Verizon FiOS if you were not already."

If you are interested in a $200 Verizon rewards card with plan discounts is the reason you may be interested in FiOS. With the $200 gift card you can basically trade it in on a 16GB iPhone 4, or use it on some other equipment that Verizon sells (but why wouldn't you want an iPhone right?). I suppose you could always hang on to it and wait to use it on an iPhone 5, but I haven't checked on the restrictions yet. If you want more info, head on over to this page at Verizon.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

New Network Capability to Allow Multitasking on the Verizon iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 04:00 AM

"One important weapon in AT&T's arsenal against Verizon in the iPhone arms race is that Verizon's wireless network does not allow smartphone owners to make voice calls and surf the Web at the same time."

Until you use it, not sure you will realize how handy it is to talk on the phone and be able to surf the 'Net for data so this will be a big bonus for Verizon customers. The next version of their network, which they call LTE, will allow for the simultaneous data and voice capability that we AT&T users have come to love. This isn't for at least a year however, but they are going to demonstrate it while at the Mobile World Congress being held this week in Barcelona.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Current iPhone CDMA Limitations (on Verizon)

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:30 PM,+iPad,+iPod)

"While many have been waiting a long time for the Verizon iPhone, the same CDMA network that gives Verizon its terrific coverage and reliability brings with it a host of other problems, including the famous lack of simultaneous voice and data and limited international roaming, but also some lesser known issues such as split SMS messages and greatly reduced conference calling options."

The limitations of Verizon's CDMA-based network have been thoroughly discussed in the tech press since their iPhone announcement, with no simultaneous (3G) voice and data, minimal international coverage, split SMS after 160 characters, and limited conference calling options (three users max). That being said, if you don't need or use these features, Verizon still offers arguably superior 3G coverage. Personally I'm tempted just because Verizon's voice coverage is far better where I live, and I generally single-task on my iPhone. My AT&T coverage flip-flops between 3G and EDGE in different parts of the house. As for foreign travel, it's easy enough to buy an inexpensive unlocked phone, and use pay-as-you-go phone service elsewhere.

Verizon iPhone Launch Stark Contrast to Usual AT&T Launch

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 08:00 AM

"The Verizon iPhone launch was, by all accounts, a very calm one-at least by the standards we're used to. Past iPhone launches on AT&T have been, shall we say, much more chaotic. So what's the deal? Verizon lovers touted this lack of chaos as evidence of Verizon's superior customer service vs. AT&T, while Verizon (and Apple) haters used the seemingly low turnout to argue that the launch was a failure."

Good points made, about how the pre-orders may have mitigated some of the line issues, and of course weather related problems may have also had something to do with it. The analysts that were questioned said that the sales throughout the day remained strong, they just didn't have the overwhelming crowds that usually accompany an iPhone launch event. And no complaints on activations either, so I would say it went pretty smooth for Verizon. No idea yet on how many they have sold, but Chitika, a mobile advertising firm, released info that showed Verizon iPhones were already using 3% of the traffic of all iPhones using the system. I think we can do the math and know that isn't a small number.

Fargo Gets The iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"Up until yesterday, mobile phone customers in vast parts of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and Nebraska had no way to get an iPhone. Why? There simply wasn't any AT&T coverage in these areas, so the customers -- who were mostly on Verizon -- had no access to the popular smartphone."

This is really where the "lines" were, in areas that previously had no AT&T coverage so had to make do with those "other" smartphones. Even though weather played a part in keeping some home, and I'm sure some pre-ordered, they still had some diehards lining up to get their hands on one of the iPhone 4s.

Personal Hotspot on Verizon, a Quick How To

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"One of the news features introduced with the Verizon iPhone is personal hotspot. Personal hotspot allows you to connect up to 5 devices to Verizon's 3G network through your iPhone 4 via Wi-Fi. Watch the video above for a quick look at how to connect a Mac and iPad to Wi-Fi with personal hotspot."

Appears pretty straight forward to me, I'm just hoping AT&T will allow it on their network. I haven't heard anything concrete as to a yea or nay on it from AT&T, have you?

Consumer Reports Loves iPhone 4 Now, The Verizon One Anyway

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:00 AM

"Thanks to the massive headache of Antennagate, Consumer Reports famously felt that it could not recommend the iPhone 4 to its readers... an approbation that, as we all know, tanked Apple stock, prompted Cupertino to dump unsold iPhones by the millions into an Arizona landfill and ultimately led to Apple's enthusiastic embrace of Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system."

Riiiiiiiight. All in jest of course, although the Consumer Reports article on the AT&T iPhone 4 did give the critics plenty of fodder. But they think with the internal changes found when iFixIt did the teardown that these problems have been corrected. Perhaps not according to this article. Overall I think the issue was overblown and to NOT recommend the iPhone 4 because of it was ridiculous, especially when it was shown that there were several other makes/models of cell phones that suffered the same problem. I'm with the author, it's all about the page views.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Verizon iPhone Demand Not What Was Expected

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:30 AM

"The day is finally upon us, when U.S. iPhone owners get a choice in which carrier to put up with. The Verizon iPhone 4 launched publicly Thursday morning to mixed lines across the country."

Mixed results indeed, as there were nowhere near the lines for the Verizon iPhone 4 that everyone expected. It could be for several reasons though, namely the pre-order sales to existing customers from week earlier, or the fact that it is so close to the iPhone 5 the smart move is to wait a few months and see what Apple is going to announce. I'm betting that it is a combination of both. The current customers gave Verizon their best ever pre-order numbers so quite a few obviously ordered the iPhone 4, and when it opened up to the general public, I'm pretty sure those AT&T customers that want to switch are going to wait until the iPhone 5 is announced. At least that is what I'm surmising since according to this survey there weren't that many switchers making the purchase. I guess we shall really find out in June when the iPhone 5 is expected to be announced won't we?

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Mophie Juice Pack For Your Verizon iPhone 4

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:00 AM

"Whether you're picking up your Verizon iPhone 4 in-stores today or expecting it to be shipped to your house in a couple of days, one thing is for sure-you're going to need extra juice for your iPhone 4."

Just announced but not set to ship until February 28th, this will run roughly $80.00 USD, but if you plan on being on your iPhone 4 a lot or just not in an area with convenient charging options, these are great devices to have.

Going Verizon? Here Are Some Helpful Apps

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM News

"Today, the Verizon iPhone goes on general release. If you're planning on grabbing a CDMA iPhone handset, we'd like to remind you about two important Verizon apps you should definitely download, once you've bought a Verizon iPhone."

My Verizon Mobile is definitely a must have, so you can pay your bill or monitor your minutes and contacts, among other things. Another handy app they mention is the VZ Contract Transfer app, also free, so you can transfer all of your information from your current phone into your fancy new iPhone. These are just a couple they mention, and if you did indeed go to Verizon, they certainly will help.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

General Pre-Order Available Now for the Verizon iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:02 AM

"Following a first round of pre-orders limited to Verizon customers last week, Apple has now released the Verizon iPhone for general pre-order."

That is, if you don't want to brave the lines on the 10th at the brick and mortar stores, and are willing to wait until the 18th for delivery.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

AT&T Throws Down With Their New Ad

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:00 AM

"And the war to win the hearts and minds of potential iPhone buyers begins. AT&T has started running ads that demonstrate a key difference between the iPhone running on their network and Verizon's: simultaneous voice and data transmission."

It's a cute ad to be sure, and it does address the one major failing with Verizon, the lack of simultaneous data and voice on their network. However this isn't true apparently if the customer is using WiFi as they can still make and receive calls, it is only when using the Verizon data network that this isn't possible. So there is a work around for that problem, however most of the time I have found it handy has been when I was mobile and not using a WiFi hotspot. And I imagine for most that are Verizon customers it won't even be an issue since they are used to it now. For AT&T customers switching I don't see it as a huge deal, since it doesn't happen very often when I need to use both simultaneously, but I do like to have that option. How about you? Is this issue a deal breaker if you were thinking of switching to Verizon?

Switching to Verizon? Here is How to Transfer Your Information

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 05:00 AM

"Switching from an AT&T iPhone to a Verizon iPhone and curious how to transfer all your information, apps, and data over? Luckily Apple makes this process almost painless thanks to iTunes iTunes."

It actually is pretty easy, the key is, before you switch over make sure your iPhone is backed up in iTunes. And then once you get your Verizon iPhone you can restore from that backup. However, this is a nice step-by-step article in case you aren't familiar with the process.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Grass Isn't Always Greener Is It Verizon Customers?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:58 PM

"Data customers reacted with outrage at a Verizon Wireless warning that it will throttle back network speeds for the top 5 percent of customers who consume the most data."

Uproar over Verizon throttling back the bandwidth of their top 5% data hogs is spreading. There are also complaints about not getting the same upgrade deal as new customers by some longtime Verizon clients after they switched to Android and found they aren't eligible for the upgrade. Then there is that pesky slower network speed issue. Well, I do agree that if you purchase an unlimited plan, it should be unlimited. Verizon shouldn't offer it if they are concerned about the data usage but since they are indeed offering it, they need to take the hit and not put conditions on it. The upgrade deal is pretty common across the industry, so if you just had to have that Android phone and now want to get an iPhone, pay up and quit crying. It just goes to show you it's not always greener on the other side of the cell signal.

Now You Have to Wait Until February 9th to get Your Verizon iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 01:47 PM

"Verizon began accepting pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 4 at 3AM on Thursday, and by 5AM had already broken all of its first full day sales records for a single device. The company processed so many orders that it, along with Apple, stopped accepting new pre-orders before the end of the day."

Well impressive, and it appears without a glitch other than having to shut down the pre-ordering earlier than they expected, but that isn't a bad thing. Well, unless you were hoping to be one of those pre-ordering. At 8:10pm Eastern they shut the operation down, and according to Verizon Wireless President Dan Mead "in our first two hours, we had already sold more phones than any first day launch in our history." Most impressive when you consider it was only open to existing customers and still claimed that record. No details on numbers yet, and I wonder how they will compare on February 9th and 10th when it is open to everyone. If you want to get in on this the online ordering starts at 3am on February 9th, and the stores (Verizon, Apple, Best Buy and Wal-Mart) will open up at 7am on February 10th if you want to brave the lines. 

Verizon iPhone Launch Not Entirely Smooth

Posted by Joe Johaneman in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:30 AM

"The iPhone is only a gadget made of wires, metal and glass. However, as Verizon is learning, the Apple handset - and its enthusiastic fans - can also be a force of nature. Despite its planning and words of assurance, Verizon is being hard hit as the carrier's Website takes a pounding from wave after wave of iPhone 4 pre-orders."

I can honestly say I'm not very surprised. I don't think any carrier would be prepared for the wave of people who've been waiting for an iPhone on a network other than AT&T. I wish Verizon a lot of luck. It'll be interesting to see if their network will be able to handle all the new iPhone users and their data usage. Everyone will be watching closely.

Welcome Back Verizon Guy!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 06:00 AM

"Verizon has released a new commercial promoting its iPhone and slamming AT&T's network. To add insult to injury, it has brought back an old friend to do it: "The Verizon Guy," made famous by his "can you hear me now?" catchphrase."

Very dramatic, until the Verizon guy shows up, and yes, he can hear you now.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Verizon Throttling The Top 5% of Bandwidth Users

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 PM

"According to a PDF memo available on Verizon Wireless' website (for now), the company will begin to throttle the data-throughput speeds of customers that consume an "extraordinary amount of data" and "seamlessly" optimize content for smartphones."

Interesting that Verizon's capacity management process/restrictions "may" be implemented for data users that are in the top 5% of all customers in terms of usage. There is a large gray area as to what constitutes abuse of the network. If a user takes advantage of some of Verizon's media offerings, and uses a lot of bandwidth in the process, should they be penalized (throttled)? I haven't seen Verizon's contracts, but if a user contracts for "unlimited" use, and isn't doing anything illegal or unethical, should they be penalized? I wonder if this is an issue in countries with much higher bandwidth available, like South Korea or Sweden. Thoughts, readers? Should Verizon be threatening this?

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