Originally Posted by macxpress
What we need is a Verizon based iPhone 3G. You want to see iPhone sales skyrocket...there ya go! I don't mind AT&T, but its service is nothing compared to what Verizon offers, especially its 3G network.
Originally Posted by Kevzaz
And yes, The iPhone REALLY needs to come to verizon....
Originally Posted by iReality85
Also, I work for a telco infrastructure provider, and from the figures I've seen, I can say for sure Verizon Wireless (Verizon is actually a separate company) has been spending boat loads more on beefing up/extending their 3G network (and preping its next-gen network!) than AT&T has been. Verizon Wireless = win/win for Apple all the way around.
Yep, I will be the first in line. I'm stuck on Verizon in a shared business account anyways, but they have a MUCH more extensive 3G network (and 2G network) than AT&T. In fact, AT&T literally doesn't have even basic coverage between two major cities in my state along the biggest highway. It's pathetic. And their 3G network is only available in a tiny fraction of the area, is very spotty even within the coverage area, and is always overloaded.
I've used ALL the carriers over the last 5-7 years, and Verizon has consistently had the best service in the areas and states I have lived in. And until AT&T has HSPA rolled-out everywhere and then LTE, Verizon's CDMA is FAR superior to AT&T's GSM when talking about signal strength, ability to penetrate buildings, tower handovers, etc.
Originally Posted by amerist
This new partnership with Qualcomm provides the possibility of a CDMA version of the iPhone, since Qualcomm makes CDMA radios. And that means that A verizon partnership will be "more likely".
I know that AT&T has an exclusive right to sell the iPhone in the U.S. for 5 years then it's up for re-negotiation with other partners. If apple and Verizon could both bury the hatchet, I'm sure that both companies would find that it is a mutually profitable move that would have people flocking back to Verizon in droves, and dumping their treos, blackberries and iPhone lookalikes for an iPhone. I know that my entire company would not hesitate at the chance to ditch At&t for better wireless coverage.
Oh man, we can only hope Apple's next phone uses a Qualcomm Gobi chipset or whatever that can support both GSM/HSPA and CDMA/EVDO. That is totally an Apple type of move if they end their exclusivity. While they are at it, it would be awesome if they used Qualcomm's ARM cortex-A8 based SnapDragon platform.
Originally Posted by Johnny Mozzarella
Steve Jobs offered the iPhone to Verizon and they flat out rejected it. Unless you want an iPhone that is even more crippled by Verizon it isn't going to happen. I prefer having Apple decide whats on the iPhone rather than the carrier.
Verizon doesn't usually mess with Smartphone's software, although they have blocked WiFi or bluetooth on certain models. Obviously this would never happen on the iPhone -- Apple wouldn't allow it and it would cause an enormous backlash from users....
Originally Posted by Tofino
did the 5 year number actually get confirmed anywhere?
Nope! not officially... Hopefully it's over in 2009!
Originally Posted by mstone
Except Verizon isn't GSM and Apple wanted to build just one phone that could be used in 90% of the world.
That doesn't matter. There are blackberrys among others that use chipsets supporting both technologies...
Originally Posted by ALBIM
I'm in the verizon boat, and hope the iPhone comes soon. However, verizon has a history of castrating phones from wifi so that people run up their data plans.
Apple wouldn't let them mess with the iPhone, and they would have no interest in doing so given the iPhone would surely require an "unlimited" data plan anyways...
Originally Posted by NasserAE
AT&T have a $15/month data plan as well. However, I cannot find any reference if it is GPRS, EDGE, or 3G or if there is a monthly traffic limit on both AT&T and T-Mobile cheaper plans.
Perhaps that is for regular phones using shitty WAP browsers or something.. No way it would be for a smartphone...
Originally Posted by Mac31
I loathe Verizon. I'm extremely happy we dumped them in July for our iPhones after 10 years of crap. They crippled my phone usage so incredibly much, it was insane. Now we get reception with AT&T we never got with Verizon. Plus, I can create ringtones for myself without paying Verizon $2.99 for a song with my favourite part edited out. That's a waste of my money. I'd try to hook it up to my Mac and use Sync, and it still wouldn't allow me to do anything with it.
Good riddance to Verizon and their shitty customer service and no bluetooth usage outside of a headset. What's the point of bluetooth if I can't sync it with my computer and put files/ringtones on my phone?
Yes, Verizon screws their customers on phones, particularly on non-smartphones. It is very easy however to get around the ringtone and bluetooth file transfer with software readily available online.. Google "BitPim".
Anyways, They wouldn't dare try to mess with the iPhone. Apple would never allow it, and customers would revolt..