Verizon iPhone 4 problem: International Travel [complete country list included]

Now to a good portion of people considering buying a iPhone 4 on Verizon, this information probably won’t matter. But for many of these folks, international travel will be affected. Although Verizon claims that they have agreements with international carriers:

…customers can use iPhone for voice and text in over 40 countries with data service in over 20 countries. For service availability and rate information, visit International Roaming Rates and Coverage. When travelling outside of these 40 destinations, the Global Travel program is the perfect short-term solution for the occasional or infrequent global traveler who needs to stay in touch when travelling internationally.

The problem is in the CDMA technology that is used by Verizon. Although there are carriers outside of the U.S. that us CDMA, the vast majority of international networks, specifically in Europe, rely on GSM technology the kind of phone that uses a SIM card (Subscriber Identity Module). In this, both Apple and Verizon have made a big mistake, but I understand why. For Verizon to get an iPhone 4, it had to get agreements with CDMA international carriers [Verizon iPhone 4 FAQ]. If it had both technologies, CDMA and GSM, it would allow some new Verizon customers to purchase their iPhone 4 and unlock it to use the phone within the U.S. on let’s say T-Mobile or other regional carriers that use a SIM card for example, since T-Mobile GSM bands are the same pretty much around the world. Now both Apple (at least for now) and Verizon wouldn’t want that to happen quite yet.

And if you are hoping the Verizon iPhone will work on a 4G network, forget it. This is not a 4G iPhone at all. This is a standard 3G iPhone but version numero 4. Which in a way is sad. If it were the 4G iPhone, running on Verizon’s LTE network, a traveler would be able to go to say Russia and feel the need-for-speed on Russia’s very fast 4G network. But today Verizon admitted that their LTE network is not quite ready-for-prime-time for simultaneous voice and data.

According CDG.org, CDMA networks support over 270 million subscribers worldwide, while GSM.org tallies up their score at over 1 billion. As CDMA phones become R-UIM enabled and roaming contracts between networks improve, integration of the standards might eventually make differences all but transparent to the consumer. Please keep in mind that this by no way indicates that you will actually be able to Roam on any of these networks, you would have to check with Verizon to make sure they have agreements with these carriers [Verizon iPhone 4 FAQ]  and we have provided you with a list after the break. Read more of this post

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Verizon: iPhone has landed

As we knew this was coming and reported this in October of 2009, Verizon went ahead and finally did the inevitable; announce that they now have the iPhone, on one of America’s most consistent networks. The redesigned phone has four different notches at the both top and bottom sides. The best part besides the same specs as the original iPhone? HotSpot is included! Pricing is $199 for the 16GB, $299 for 32GB AND mobile hotspot included with up to 5 devices. Pre-orders begin February 5th and the iPhone 4 goes on sale February 10th.

One very interesting fact to note is that Mr. Tim Cook stated when asked about the agreement between Apple and Verizon  “It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.” So you can probably expect to see the iPhone now make an appearance on both Sprint and T-Mobile by the end of this summer. This would clearly make sense as Apple needs better market penetration to beat keep-up with Android sales as of late. Press release after the break. Read more of this post

[Rumor] Verizon iPhone To Be Better than iPhone 4?

It appears that’ll be the case, if the “insider” the folks over at DVICE is in fact supplying them with correct information.  The informant claims to have used a prototype Verizon iPhone, and noted numerous upgrades over the standard iPhone 4 that can currently be found on AT&T’s network.  These little tidbits hint to the ever growing rumor that the Verizon iPhone will be in fact an upgraded iPhone 4.  More information and updated specs after the break.

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A Month With AT&T’s Samsung Captivate

Recently, I was given an opportunity to spend a good deal of time with AT&T’s flagship Android phone, the Samsung Captivate.  The Captivate is (Quite obviously) a member of the Galaxy S family, whose 4″ SuperAMOLED screens and 1GHz Hummingbird processors can be found on most of the worlds major carriers (See T-Mobile Vibrant, .Samsung Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G, etc).  How does the Captivate hold up to my (often hyper)criticism?  Can I successfully remove the battery door without a heart attack?  Find out after the break!

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Hello Incredible Jaw-Dropping Story that is Really Great and Amazing but Pretty Impressive

Enough said.

 

Barnes and Noble Colored Nook powered by Android

Barnes & Noble dropping an Color screened, seven inch Android powered e-reader space that will boast and IPS display with 1024 X 600 resolution. The Nook Color will run you about $250 bills and it can be preordered at B&N. A reported 8 hours of battery life are also part of the package. Combine that with Magazines and newspapers in color, kids books, over 2 million titles on demand and Android’s ability to surf the web, listen to Pandora, Facebook integration, checking email and download 100,000 apps, the price is right!

Yet another Jailbreak for New iOS Firmware 4.1 for all Devices with Limera1n (How to)

Bought a new apple device or just updated your device, that you wanted to jailbreak, but couldn’t because it had new firmware on it that couldn’t be jailbroken? Well now your wait is over. Geohot just released a new jailbreaking tool called Limera1n, which jailbreaks any iOS device, including the iPad (3.2.2 firmware). The current firmware by apple for iPhones and iPod touches is 4.1 and now could be jailbroken, also any previous versions, such as 4.0, can be jailbroken.
First download LimRa1n and Here is the video demonstration on how to jailbreak.

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Video Calling For iPhones and all iOS Devices and with Android Devices Together

Have you ever wanted to FaceTime with other iOS device that do not support Face Time? Well now you can, with an app called, Tango. With Tango, you create a simple account and you can video call with any iOS Device and the best parts of this app are; you can video call over your 3G connection and with Android devices too. You heard that right, there is the Tango app in the Android Market also. Which allows you to do video calls within the two platforms.
Now you can video call with Tango, available in the Apple App Store and the Android Market.

Flash on your iPhone? YES!

Every iOS user knows that the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad does not support flash content on the internet. We’ve all wanted it, but Apple refuses to add flash support to the iOS devices. Third party applications for jailbroken iPhones can support it now with a plug-in called Frash, but what if you do not want to jailbreak your iPhone? Or simply can’t jailbreak it as of now? Well here is the solution for flash on your iPhone. You don’t need to jailbreak your iPhone or do anything special. All you need to do is download, Cloud Browse, from the App Store.  Cloud Browse is a Firefox style browser, which means the browser is just like the one you would have on your Mac or PC.

In MobileSafari flash content does not open up, but in Cloud Browse, it opens up and plays the full flash content. It is not as clear as a desktop browser, but it gets the job done when you need to view flash on the go. There are pros and cons. Pros are that Cloud Browse loads flash content that all iPhone users want. It loads web pages faster than MobileSafari. Some cons are, It is not as smooth as MobileSafari, like scrolling pages. Also the content is not as clear on the screen.

Here is the review and comparison of Cloud Browse to MobileSafari

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iOS 4.2 Beta 1 now available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch

Just released a couple minutes ago to Apple developers is iOS 4.2 beta 1. It is the first release of this iOS and a big release for the iPad adding many wanted features such as Folders, the new Airplay feature, and the big one Multitasking. I am sure many developers are excited to play with this and see how it goes with the iPad. Go get it!

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