While the rest of the iPA team is out in San Francisco at the much anticipated, MacWorld 2011 I’m still sitting at home trying to find as many solid, cool and new things that I can instead of moping about missing out on all of the fun. Just a few
Beet.TV posted an interview today with a Verizon spokesperson confirming that the iPhone is definitely not coming to Verizon, at least anytime soon. John Johnson said, "No plans to carry the iPhone in the immediate future, but you've got to look at the incredible excitement around the Android devices." He then continued to talk up how great Android is for the rest of the four minute video.
May the Verizon iPhone rumors subside... at least for another six months.
Boy Genius is reporting today that Verizon Wireless is currently testing CDMA-compatible iPads on their network. Interesting, considering that some thought the sweet iPad data plans that were announced with the iPad might be an olive branch from AT&T to keep Apple on their network... and the sudden iPad and iPhone data price changes from AT&T today… maybe we'll see Apple mobile devices on Verizon sooner rather than later.
Based on a report by the Wall Street Journal [subscription required] today, AT&T is working hard to beef up their network to handle the continued load from the iPhone, including enlisting help from Apple. Aside from the mission to assure Steve Jobs they were working on the problem, AT&T met with Apple designers to discuss wireless networking. As a result, Apple was able to change how the iPhone communicates with AT&T's network, lessening the load for basic tasks such as locating the closest tower or checking for new messages.
When in doubt, sell 3G data contracts and the money will roll in. According to Engadget, wireless carrier Verizon is encouraging its staffers to tell customers to purchase the WiFi-only version of the iPad and pair it up with a device like the MiFi rather than shelling out $130 more for integrated AT&T 3G and 30 days until the device launches.
Verizon has followed this up by calling its biggest competitor's 3G network "overloaded" even though there's currently a 5GB limit of data on a Verizon MiFi plan which will run users $60 a month, twice as much as AT&T will be charging for its dedicated, unlimited iPad plan.
AT&T and Apple's restrictions on VoIP over 3G has been lifted for a while now, but Skype has yet to update their app for either Push Notifications or calling over the 3G network. Following their recent announcement of an "always-on app" for Blackberry and Andriod on Verizon, it seems as if they may have been holding out on us for the sake of a deal with Verizon.
Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Chaplin issued a downgrade for Verizon's stock prices this morning based on the assumption that they are unlikely to get the iPhone this year. There have been a lot of people hoping to see a Verizon iPhone, but it now looks increasingly unlikely after the announcement that the iPad would be on AT&T's 3G network instead of Verizon's.
The hopes of Verizon fans ( or more likely, those jaded by AT&T ) got a boost when rumors started circulating about the iPad being released on Verizon's data network, but it never came true. Now some believe Verizon did once stand a chance, but were simply outbid by AT&T by agreeing to Apple's $30/month unlimited and $15/month 250MB plans, where Verizon usually charges twice as much for similar plans. Still, despite losing the iPad, Verizon is still said to still be in talks with Apple, and they hope to have both the iPhone and iPad some time by mid 2010. When they were asked, Verizon rep Jeff Nelson refused to comment on behalf of the company.
We're just hours away from Apple's press event where we're expecting to see Apple unveil something incredible. Most signs point to a tablet, but we're also expecting them to unveil some new iPhone software. It's also possible that we'll see a Verizon announcement, and even iLife 2010.
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We've just received word from a good source that Verizon is informing regional reps that the iPhone will be available on Verizon this June. It's very likely that, if true, the deal will be announced during Apple's event tomorrow. Additionally, our source claims that the Verizon iPhone would be 4G in select markets.
Apple's media event starts tomorrow at 10AM Pacific at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.