Verizon’s iPhone site is live. Click here to check it out.
My question — Will you pick up an iPhone on Verizon?
If you are in the market for a smartphone, and have been eyeballing the Droid Incredible or the Droid 2, today might not be a bad time to shop. Best Buy has added the Droid Incredible to its Free Phone Friday promotion. Further, according to Droid-Life.com, the Droid 2 will join the Friday Feebie party, though I have yet to see confirmation of the Droid 2 in today’s Best Buy’s Free Phone Friday promotion online.
Verizon is offering something nearly as good as free. Big Red currently has a BOGO (buy one, get one free) offer on the Droid Incredible.
ALERT: The word on the street is that the Incredible and Droid 2, though both released this year, already have an EOL (End-of-Life) date set within the next three of four months. Rumor is there is an Incredible HD on the way, and the Droid 2, will be replaced by a Droid 2 Global (running on CDMA domestically and on a SIM card internationally). Add to that, the HTC Merge will be out soon, too. Finally, Verizon is switching over to a 4G network in the coming months, and there will be a number of new phones introduced to take advantage of the increased speed.
With all of that said, both phones are more than capable, and will be so for some time. The only unknown is how long Verizon will support these phones — namely with updates — into the future of a two-year contract. For example, the Droid Eris was barely on the market for one year before it reached it’s EOL date. Additionally, Verizon pushed out one update (Android 2.1) and will no longer support the phone with updates. It’s, unfortunately, that’s how things are going to be for a while.
So…here’s my advice. If you’re someone who loves to have the latest…wait. If you’ve been looking to upgrade to a smartphone, and want a reliable device, I would consider taking advantage of the Best Buy free or Verizon BOGO offer. Naturally, if you’re holding out for the iPhone to debut on Verizon, you were just reading this blog piece to humor yourself…or me.
With all the [endless] rumors and buzz about the iPhone coming to Verizon in January, I nearly missed the announcement that, beginning Thursday, October 29, the iPad will be sold at Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless retail stores. This is a particularly interesting, and rather shrewd, move by Apple to get iPads into wireless retail stores before the Android-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Here are the details for each retailer.
Verizon will offer three bundles, all featuring an iPad Wi-Fi model and a Verizon MiFi 2200 Intelligent Mobile Hotspot, for a suggested retail price of $629.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 16GB + MiFi, $729.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 32GB + MiFi and $829.99 for iPad Wi-Fi 64GB + MiFi. Verizon Wireless is offering a monthly access plan to iPad customers of up to 1GB of data for just $20 a month. Verizon will also offer all three iPad Wi-Fi models without the MiFi hotspot device. It’s been pointed out that the iPad is not really running, itself, on Verizon’s 3G network. Instead, it relies on Verizon’s MiFi mobile hotspot to provide service. Some may see this as a backdoor way to handle enabling mobile connectivity on the iPad. (Truth be told…it is, because 3G iPads are set up to run on GSM networks, like AT&T’s, not Verizon’s CDMA network.) Regardless, I don’t have as much of a problem with the combination; primarily because the MiFi hotspot can support up to five devices at once. Not bad, unless you have an Android device on Verizon. The addition of a mobile hotspot on those devices is just $20 a month. In that case, you may be better off just buying the stand-alone WiFi iPad. Having choices is a good thing in my book.
Click here to sign up for more information on Verizon’s iPad site.
AT&T will cary all of the iPad Wi-Fi + 3G models — $629 for 16GB, $729 for 32GB and $829 for 64GB — however, no mention was made in AT&T’s press release about selling WiFi-only models. There are two options for 3G data plans for the AT&T iPad. They are, $14.99 per month for 250MB and $25 per month for 2GB. Neither plan requires a no long-term contract. Data plans include unlimited access to AT&T’s domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots.
The Samsung Fascinate will be released tomorrow, but a quick stop by the Verizon Wireless site revealed a Buy-One-Get-One-Free (BOGO) offer.
Now I am sure that Amazon and some other retailers will offer steep discounts on the Fascinate for new customers. (The T-Mobile Vibrant recently was offered for just a penny.) However, if you’re an existing VZW customer, and are renewing you contract, this BOGO offer might appeal to you if you have two lines, or are considering adding a line.
Rumors have been flying around for a couple of months about a dual-radio device coming to Verizon. If you’re not familiar cellular frequencies in the US. Verizon and Sprint use a CDMA network, and T-Mobile, AT&T, and just about everywhere else in the world usesa GSM network. By producing a dual-radio device, the HTC device would use Verizon’s CDMA network in the US, but run with the GSM radio when outside the US to allow for ‘global roaming.’ device.
Pictures of a device with a sizable screen and a [bright red] full QWERTY keyboard started to leak. Then, Engadget got it’s hands on this device working its way through FCC clearance.
Release of this device, code named HTC PD42100, is expected to be early 2011. In addition to the dual radios, this ‘world phone’ is rumored to sport a 4″ screen, 1.2GHz processor and WiFi 802.11 b/g/n. All of this should be taken with a grain of salt, as the details are speculative at best. If the 2011 release holds up, this device may be one of the first devices to run on Verizon’s upgraded, faster LTE (long term evolution) network. If you really want to get your mobile geek on, click here to read more about Verizon’s network upgrade.
I will be interested to see RIM’s reaction to this device, which could present serious competition to global-capable BlackBerries.