It’s often a bummer to be a cell phone manufacturer catering to the United States, one of the few countries to have dual competing technologies with GSM (AT&T) and CDMA (Verizon). In the past that’s meant producing two different devices such as Apple did with the iPhone 4, but that could be a thing of that past come this fall.
Remember the good old days when we’d all speculate about how the then-mythical Verizon iPhone would pretty much bury poor old AT&T? That hasn’t come to pass six months after Big Red got their hands on Apple’s iconic handset, and they’re selling less units than their once-doomed rival as well.
As anyone whose jumped from AT&T to Verizon (or vice versa) already knows, GSM and CDMA handsets aren’t compatible with each other. Everything we’ve heard about LTE seemed to indicate that would be a thing of the past, but now Verizon Wireless is going on the record claiming that won’t be the case after all.
Four years after the debut of the original iPhone, one of the biggest markets in the world still isn’t being fully served by Apple’s iconic device. With 896 million mobile phone users in China, 106 million served by China Telecom may finally get some relief by the end of 2011.
Sure, now may not be the best time to get an iPhone 4 with rumors that Apple is ready to start manufacturing the next model for release in September, but that won’t stop the carriers from trying to entice you anyway -- such as Verizon Wireless, who may be dropping the existing model by nearly $50 soon.
With the second quarter of 2011 now just a memory, analysts are already looking ahead to the financial results anticipated by many tech companies. Among them are Verizon Wireless, who is predicted to show a drop in iPhone 4 sales ahead of the presumed September launch of the next model.
WWDC 2011 is now just a memory, but iOS device owners have a lot to look forward to this fall with iCloud and the new iOS 5. More importantly, these offerings may offer clues as to what we can expect from the next iPhone, which is widely rumored to debut with the new mobile operating system in September.
Most of us are familiar with the term 3G, which refers to the third generation of wireless technology standards used in the last three models of the iPhone (not to mention every other smartphone produced in recent years). But did you know that a lot of what carriers are currently touting as “4G” is actually just a souped-up version of 3G?
Wireless carriers like to toss around technology-laden acronyms such as 3G, EV-DO, HSPA, 4G and LTE as if we all have a degree in rocket science. The reality is, the average person doesn’t have the slightest clue what most of those mean -- so we’ll attempt to cut through the mystery of what some of them mean, beginning with the former, LTE.