AT&T must be fairly certain that Verizon is announcing that they’re getting the iPhone on Tuesday, judging from how the two carriers have been verbally sparring like kids on a schoolyard in the last few days.
Despite a volley of 4G-related announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show this past week, Verizon Wireless apparently decided to tap into the spirit of Steve Jobs himself for “one last thing.” On Friday, invitations went out for a special event on Tuesday, January 11 that is widely expected to bring the iPhone to a second U.S. carrier after nearly four years.
If you’re like us, you’re already sick to death of hearing about (or waiting for) the iPhone to come to Verizon. Much like The Beatles on iTunes, it doesn’t seem to be a matter of if, but rather when, with a new report claiming it won’t be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next month.
We all know that updating our iPhone, iPod touch or iPad to iOS 4.2 gets you cool new marquee features like AirPlay and AirPrint, but did you also know that it can help minimize congestion on your wireless network, which also improves your battery life?
Previously, it had been rumored that Apple was trying to design its own SIM card for iPhone users, to give them a chance to use the device and be able to bypass carrier contracts at the same time. But now, some carriers are saying they would forgo subsidizing the costs of the phone if Apple were to follow up on those plans.
The news just keeps getting worse for Apple’s competitors in the mobile phone market: A new report shows that Cupertino pushed past Blackberry maker Research in Motion in the third quarter to become the fourth largest mobile phone company in the world.
Perhaps it's a sign that AT&T's hold on the iPhone is finally starting to ease. Despite AT&T posting large profits in the 3rd quarter, only 24 percent of their iPhone subscriptions were from new customers, an all time low.
Regardless if we see the iPhone on Verizon's network or not, one can't help but drool just a tad at the 5 to 12Mbps down and 2 to 5Mbps up that Verizon's upcoming LTE can offer by year's end. We can only help but wonder how our iPhones might be perform on a network like that. Lest we forget though too, that AT&T's version is right around the corner next year. At any rate, for our Verizon users, 4G is coming to a cell tower near you. Only, if you live in a certain 38 cities though, such as:
If you can't beat 'em…uh…sue 'em? That seems to almost be the standard nowadays in the ultra-competitive cell phone industry. Today, Apple found itself being served with three complaints from Motorola, over 18 various patents.
On the heels of a survey this week that claims most iPhone users in the U.S. are perfectly content to stick with AT&T should Apple’s handset wind up with other carriers, the telco’s CEO also appears to be thinking, “Don’t worry, be happy.”