Thursday, February 4, 2010

Will Verizon get the iPhone?

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I currently have the iPhone3Gs 32GB and I absolutely love it. It's not just my phone, but with all its features and amazing Apple app store its my personal assistant, personal trainer, and personal navigator. It has mp3 player for music or mobile learning with latest and best tech podcasts or with iTunes U and the ability to download directly to your phone. Taking pictures and video is great when I forget my actual regular point-and-shoot. Play games, watch movies, if you can think of a need - it's probably on the app store. If not, find someone to develop it!

Anyways, the current topic is when will Verizon Wireless get the iPhone?
AT&T has exclusive distribution rights for the iPhone through 2010-2012; exact date never made public. but after that? they may extend the contract, may not. Verizon having an iPhone would be great tho, giving consumers a choice, further lowering prices. Its more less that Verizon uses CDMA/EV-DO technology different from AT&T's GSM/HSPA. Meaning the technologies are not compatible and will not work on the other companies. So, SIM locks or contractual exclusives doesn't matter. However, one could make a phone that works with multiple radios to talk to whatever network like the HTC, RIM, and Samsung have done. iPhone would have to be re-engineered to work on Verizon's network. AT&T/s GSM is used throughout the world while Verizon's CDMA is mostly used in North America and South Korea. CDMA will be dead soon but with 4G deployments, Verizon & AT&T are moving to LTE - so at some point there will be an LTE iPhone that will work for both companies, but it seems it would be more than a couple years until that happens; but hey, technology moves fast... Getting "stuck" with AT&T for 2-years wouldn't be the end of the world and you could re-assess your wireless carrier after that. That's what I'm doing.

Verizon is planning on rolling out the start of it LTE network in 2010, but it will take several years to finish. You would count on Verizon to have a quality/stable network right? And also, LTE chip-set manufactures need to mature yet, the chip-sets are very buggy and eat up power quickly at the moment. The prototype LTE phones actually use antennas right now. Can you see Steve Jobs approving an iPhone with an external antenna?? haha i don't think so.

It seems I have a lot of information on this - I too had to make that choice a while back and I'm very happy with my decision. No matter what carrier your going to be with in the future, at least your looking at the best phone out there. Pretty soon these "iPhone killers" will have lots of the functions the iPhone has, but the applications are what will make/break someone's decision in the near future.
Apple has a very mature app store thats been out for about 4.5 years compared to other companies just getting into the game. But in all, I bet we wont see iPhone for Verizon until after 2013/2014 w/ an LTE iPhone which will work on either AT&T or Verizon. Until then, its AT&T for us.

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