Hot on the heels of the earlier announcement today about Verizon's data pricing plans for the upcoming iPhone, not too far behind was the reveal about the pricing for the device's HotSpot feature. The feature allows users to use their phone as a wireless connection, utilizing Verizon's network to go online.
There's good news this morning for Verizon iPhone customers: The company has officially announced that they will be offering an unlimited iPhone data plan for $30 a month. Given that AT&T did away with their unlimited data plan in favor of tiered pricing last summer for most iPhone users, this could be a very compelling reason to switch carriers.
Yawn, ho hum, another quiet week in the Mac world, as virtually nothing of interest to anyone happened, no big announcements were made, and we spent a week in a deep, deep coma. Wait, what? Something happened? Verizon got the iPhone? (Checking calendar) It's not April Fool's Day? Whew, lucky we've got tons of people on this beat or else this little news exclusive might have slipped right under our radar.
Yep, the public announcement of the Apple and Verizon iPhone deal took only a day. However, there was a lot more elbow grease that went into the deal than what was talked about. Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam revealed some details in an interview with Bloomberg.
The iPhone landing on Verizon was certainly big news, ending AT&T's reign of exclusivity. On the flip side though, one tidbit got lost amongst the hoopla. Verizon officials have apparently decided to end the "New Every Two" program, which gives Verizon subscribers a credit ranging anywhere from $30-$100 for a new phone every two years.
With the announcement of the Verizon iPhone, we felt bad for our Sprint bretheren, who've been left out of the party. So we wondered if the CDMA phone could be taken over, much like how many jailbroken iPhones have found homes on T-Mobile. After a bit of research, we discovered the truth, which may make some Sprint customers consider the switch.
Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. As quickly as Apple's legendary, white iPhone 4 appeared on Verizon's iPhone launch page it has vanished. If you listen closely, you can hear your local tech-minded fashionista gentle weeping into their morning cereal.
While Verizon's cellular network may be ready for the iPhone's arrival, reports are that their website may not have been ready for the interest in Apple's device. There were multiple occurrences of downtime throughout the day on the Verizon Wireless website. Perchance it could be a good test run of what's to come for the carrier as it hopes to not repeat AT&T's iPhone 4 pre-order nightmare from last summer.
After years of whispering, back room deals and the pleading of countless Apple aficionados who refused to be yoked by an AT&T contract, Apple is rolling the iPhone out to a second American provider. As has been speculated for months, the Verizon iPhone is CDMA network compatible, as opposed to the GSM goodness that much of the rest of the world enjoys. Coming from Canada, a country that saw the iPhone finally make it on to all three of our major national telecoms in late last winter, I understand why everyone down south is so excited, as it wasn’t so long ago that we were all wigging out up here about being about to get our meathooks on an iPhone too.