Daniel Mead, the chief executive of Verizon Wireless, spoke to the Wall Street Journal and had some things to say to the nay-sayers regarding the launch of the iPhone 4. Mead stated that the lack of super-long lines to greet the brand new iPhone were the result of successful online sales. Verizon will being to double the number of stores carrying the iPhone, from 4,000 outlets to around 8,000. Of course, we will not know the iPhone sale numbers until the quartile earnings are reported.
Mead also pretty much confirms that Apple is working on an LTE model stating â??They understand the value proposition of LTE and I feel very confident that they are going to be apart of itâ??. Mead also said during the report that Verizon will continue to strongly support RIM’s Blackberry, Microsoft Windows 7, and the huge amount of Android devices on Verizon despite it’s huge promotion for the iPhone 4.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson seems to be speaking out more regarding Apple than in the past. Stephenson gave a keynote speech at the MWC [Mobile World Congress] on Tuesday, to which he took to Apple’s iOS App Store. He expressed a dislike for the way Apple’s application system is set-up stating that customers shouldn’t have to lose their applications if they switch to another device other than the iPhone. He stated â??You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again.â?? He pretty much states that the solution to the problem is HTML 5, more specifically, the carrier run Wholesale Application Community.
For those unaware, the WAC is a web-based storage unit [that's what I like to say it is, really] that are theoretically compilable with any device that uses an HTML5-capable browser. The apps will be limited in function for the time being, considering only native apps can take advantage of the developer tools available for the different platforms.
It has been less than a day since the iPhone 4 on Verizon went on-sale to the general public and there is already a delay. By the early afternoon on Wednesday both Apple and Verizon’s websites say that the expected ship date is February 18th. This is great news for Apple and Verizon but of course not for consumers who weren’t able to get their hands on one online.
But, don’t freak out because if you don’t want to wait another week then you press your Apple Stores & Verizon Stores around the world. The Verizon iPhone will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores across the United States starting at 7AM Thursday morning. Also, some Best Buy stores and more than 600 Wal-Mart locations will have the Verizon iPhone on launch day as well.
The iPhone is officially coming to Verizon! Apple and Verizon announced today that the Verizon iPhone would be hitting stores on February 10th, 2011. The Verizon iPhone functions exactly like the AT&T iPhone 4, but just has been made to run on Verizon’s network as CDMA compatible.
There seems to be some antenna changes also as they have added an additional antenna break in the casing. Pre-Orders will start on February 3rd to current Verizon Customers while those who may switch from AT&T will have to wait until February 10th.
Also, Verizon will allow the iPhone 4 to be a mobile Mi-Fi hotspot device which will allow you to connect up to five wi-fi enabled devices.
The 16GB will cost $199.99 and the 32GB model is $299.99 with a two-year contract.
There are a few new details regarding the Verizon iPhone that appears to be announced on Tuesday (1/11/11).
The first update comes from Reuters who is reporting that the Verizon iPhone plans to announce the iPhone for their service and sales will kick off a few weeks later, their source tells them
The Wall Street Journal also has some juicy goodness as they are reporting that Verizon will offer unlimited data plans for the iPhone. There seems to be no mention wether there will be a seperate plan for iPhone users or if it’ll work with the same service plans other phones such as RIM’s BlackBerry or Android devices work on. This has to be a play by Verizon to get AT&T customers to switch over as AT&T has done away with the unlimited data plan, which is something that Verizon was reportedly considering a few months ago.
We’ll keep you updated on any news regarding the Verizon iPhone and of course, will have the scoop come 1/11/11 following Verizon’s media event.
The Loop is reporting that Verizon has issued invitations for a media event to take place in New York City on January 11th (this coming Tuesday). There is no real indication that this will be the long awaited Verizon iPhone announcement but there is a major hint that it could be related to Apple and the iPhone as Gizmodo has stated that they’re not invited to the event.
If you remember, Gizmodo was responsible for the iPhone 4 leak last year and from that point has been “blacklisted” from all of Apple’s media events. Gizmodo made note on their website that they were “great friends” with Verizon and have always been invited (and attended) to Verizon’s events that they have had over the past three years.
No word on if Verizon will offer a live stream of the media event.
Engadget is reporting that Skype could finally be bringing video calling to iPhone 4 with the possibility of other mobile units. They also report that Skype has been telling everyone that they will be making a series of video-related announcement early next month at CES. They’re also participating in a panel called… get ready… â??Video Calling Gets Ready for Primetimeâ??. They also state that a help document on Sky’s website detailed the video calls for iPhone, but it was removed before I was able to check it out. Engadget does have a screen capture of it up though, so I’ll take their word for it.
MacRumors.com also pointed out that the help documents stated that you would need Skype for iPhone 3.0 for video calling but the current version of Skype for iPhone is only 2.1.2. I guess we’ll see if this was just an error or really going to happen in a few weeks time at CES.
An iPhone is a gateway to the never ending world of apps. An ecosystem which is growing ever since it’s inception. If you’ve had one for a while, you would agree to it.
Instant messaging has been alive for over a decade now. Today, the mobile internet technology (EDGE/3G) has allowed us to stay connected to the peers while being on the move. However, if you are to decide on an app which one can use to connect to their favorite IMs, it may be a tough call. Yes, there are both paid and free versions of iPhone applications that allow you to connect with more than one IM contacts.
While most have been talked about at often hyped, the IM app called Mundu IM is one of my personal favorites. The prime reason being it does just what it should. More importantly, it’s been written keeping this fact in mind.
The application supports open standard XMPP protocol that’s used by many messaging systems including Google, facebook, Jabber and several other corporate messaging system. What does that mean? It means that the application has the flexibility to work as an IM client for all services that use a particular protocol, called XMPP protocol.
Both Google talk and Facebook chat supports XMPP protocol. Did that make it interesting enough? NO?
Check out the key features of Mundu IM for iPhone app;
Easy set up for Gtalk and facebook chat.
Ability to connect with a XMPP messaging service.
Push notification for your messages – yes!
Chat history and ability to email them.
Multiple chat support with audio-visual notifications.
I wouldn’t get to comfy with iOS 4.2, as a new rumor is claiming that Apple is already planning to release iOS 4.3 in mid-December.
MacStories reported the story on Tuesday citing an anonymous source stating Apple plans to release iOS 4.3 in mid-december. The update is said to allow users the ability to subscribe to content, like tablet only newspaper, â??They Dailyâ??.
This goes hand-in-hand with the report that Apple would hold a special media event on December 9th to announce plans for it’s subscription plans along with partnerships with content providers. The report claims that Apple has hopes of releasing iOS 4.3 on December 13th, just four days after the media event would take place.
Unfortunately, this could wind up being delayed due to issues that forced the delay of iOS 4.2.
Yesterday’s Keynote of Steve Jobs at MacWorld dragged everybody to the Internet, not just Apple fans but many other Internet enthusiast. It even pull down Twitter during the keynote. I downloaded the MacBook Air guided Tour and just finished watching it in its full glory and here are the few words that slipped off my lips – awesome, damn, jesus, holy cow, oh! man – I think I seriously need to get a MacBook Air. Continue reading →