It looks like when they're not occupied with trying to tear the iPhone from the exclusivity of AT&T's Kung fu death grip, Google and Verizon have been cooking up some homestyle love for the public at large in the area of internet neutraility. In a statement made this morning on Google's Public Policy Blog, the two companies announced that their Wonder Twin powers had been activated for the sake of preserving the neutraility of the internet.
Last October, you may recall that the two companies held hands and released a joint statement of principles on the issue, declaring that the pair believed that it was "essential that the internet remains an unrestricted and open platform--where people can access any content (so long as it's legal), as well as the services and applications of their choice." Back then, both companies cross-posted five basic concepts they felt were imperative in being able to protect the openess of the internet, the broadstrokes of which are as follows after the cut.
Verizon's business development executive director Jennifer Byrne said at a conference recently that the iPhone helped Verizon change the way it thought about mobile software distribution. While she claimed Verizon had the first mobile store called GetItNow, she said the iPhone's App Store was a turning point for the industry, whereby Verizon adopted a "hands off" approach.
Once in awhile, we like to shed some light on Verizon news just to show iPhone owners that the grass is not always greener on the other side. Verizon is more than likely going to ditch their very generous unlimited data plan, which currently tops out at a whopping 5GB. A leak from Engadget suggest that Verizon will likely begin tiering data plans come July 29.
You may remember that Apple actually approached Verizon first about being the exclusive iPhone carrier. Verizon, realizing that having a incredibly successful phone would bring network traffic to a screeching halt, wisely said, "Nah, we're cool with the phones we have." So Apple cruised on over to Cingular and hammered out a deal with them. Then Cingular became AT&T, and we all bought iPhones and broke the network in major metropolitan areas.
Since that moment over three years ago--in Internet time, that's 300 years--anyone with even a slight interest in the iPhone, and access to the Internet, has speculated on the iPhone jumping to the Verizon network. Imagine seeing that guy with the glasses doing his whole,"Can you hear me now?" schtick with FaceTime.
That's a million dollar idea Verizon, I expect a large check in the mail when that ad starts being skipped-over via TiVo.
Anywho, in the interest of posterity, we've compiled a handy infograph to outline the current status of the iPhone on Verizon.
Can you hear us now? Maybe if you held your phone in a different hand? Can you hear us now? What if you put a bumper on your phone? Can you hear us now? What if you switched carriers? Ha ha, we kid. But since you kept losing your bars when you tried to surf the net and hold your phones, here's some of the stories we didn't miss at Mac|Life.
In case you've been considering steering clear of the iPhone 4, you might want to take a look at this: a comparison chart detailing the differences between each of the latest and greatest smart phones. The graphic depicts the differences between AT&T's iPhone 4, Verizon's Droid Incredible (manufactured by HTC), Sprint's HTC Evo 4G and Google's Nexus One (also manufactured by HTC, and available to use on T-Mobile or AT&T).
So far, iPhone 4 is in the lead with the highest memory capacity, though the other three Android phones can be expanded up to 32GB. Additionally, the iPhone 4 also wins in the categories battery life, screen size and number of applications available in the native iTunes App Store.
Not that it probably comes as much of a surprise, but it may be worth noting in case it's a game changer for those who were hoping for an eventual iPhone on Verizon, regardless of when that day comes. Verizon is looking to follow AT&T's suit, and eliminate unlimited data. The potential move is being planned as they move to their 4G network this year.
It is believed that Motorola could release a new Droid device on Verizon come June 23. The new device, according to Engadget, could go head-to-head with the iPhone 4, which is set to launch just a day after this rumored device is to launch. No one is certain of the exact device rumored to be launched, but two blogs claim to have had hands-on time with it.
In a move that will surely delight AT&T customers that are still recovering from this morning's data cap announcements, there are speculations Verizon Wireless has begun testing iPads on its own mobile network.