Motorola Xoom to cost $800?!

No, that is not a typo; a recent post over at AndroidCentral containing information from an apparently reliable tipster regarding the MAP (minimum advertised price) has just hit the tubes.  According to the screenshots provided by the tipster, the MAP for the Motorola Xoom appears to be $799, quite a bit higher than anticipated.  The screenshots details information on the HTC Thunderbolt’s MAP as well, coming in at a much more acceptable $249.  Hit the link to find out more.

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Why Google could care less about the Verizon iPhone

Just two days after Verizon’s official announcement releasing information about the oft speculated CDMA iPhone, the media sector has become inundated with speculative posts and forecasts, previews and impressions, opinions and “fanboy-ism”.  Various media outlets are forecasting the “inevitable” death of Google’s Android OS now that AT&T no longer holds the reins of exclusivity to Apple’s powerhouse smart phone, the iPhone.  Personally, the proposed demise of Android amidst a multi-carrier iPhone market sounds about as probable as Palm becoming the leader of the mobile ecosystem; not fucking likely.  Don’t get me wrong, Verizon and Apple will see a serious boon in sales at the initial launch of the CDMA iPhone 4 with both parties profiting heavily, but Google’s Android has matured leaps and bounds in just the past year alone, securing it’s position as Apple’s iOS peer (in market penetration, if nothing else). Read more of this post

[Video] HP’s Todd Bradley all but confirms webOS tablet only one piece of ecosystem

HP’s Tom Bradley talks with CNBC about what HP plans for their February 9th event. In his conversation, he states that “webOS tablet is only one piece of the ecosystem – one piece of that connected experience that we are going to create” and “a broad set of public announcements – and a breadth of products we are going to unveil.” You heard it directly from the horses mouth. We expect Palm to come out swinging with a multitude of products, including tablets, phones and possibly PC’s. I know that a few of here at fonefrenzy can’t wait to see what HP/Palm has in store on February 9th.

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[via Engadget]

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

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

T-Mobile UK decides to cut data plans to 500MB/month – Shoots own foot

Wow.  Apparently, T-Mobile UK has made the exceedingly ridiculous decision to cut its users data plans to a paltry 500MB/month, effectively ostracizing most smart phone users.  Citing “fair use” violations, T-Mobile UK was quoted as saying

Browsing means looking at websites and checking email, but not watching videos, downloading files or playing games. We’ve got a fair use policy but ours means that you’ll always be able to browse the internet, it’s only when you go over the fair use amount that you won’t be able to download, stream and watch video clips.

Either their network is suffering from some serious strain, or T-Mobile UK has decided it’s 2005 and is adjusting their pricing as such.  Thankfully, customers stateside will retain the existing 5GB/month bandwidth limit, though there’s no word on whether or not it’s not (tricky double-negative there) coming to the US.  Hit the link for more information

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Opinion: Why the iPad might remain the king of tablets in 2011

This is the short break before it all explodes folks. We are just weeks away from the explosion of Android tablets on the market as well as the Blackberry Playbook and whatever new WebOS tablet HP has in store. The general consensus is that the iPad will of course sell well, however the Android tablet market as well as the Playbook and WebOS tablets will eat into the iOS tablet market. Essentially this would put Android on top much like it has already done in the smartphone market due to sheer number of manufacturers producing tablets. And though I am not an analyst of any kind, I want to make a prediction. My prediction is that iOS tablets (iPad 1 and iPad 2) will remain the best-selling tablets, at least through 2011. Here is why.

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Android: Ice Cream 2.4 to land this summer at Google I/O?

According to a ‘source’ at Pock-Lint, Google will be releasing the next line in Google’s Android OS: Ice Cream. Ice Cream is the next ‘sweet’ named alphabetical version of Android starting with Donut (D), Eclair (E), Froyo (F), Gingerbread (G) and Honeycomb (H) with the next iteration in the list of releases Ice Cream (I). According to their source, the new version will be released at Google’s 2011 I/O conference this year. What makes us think this may not be true, is Honeycomb is supposed to be 3.0, but that may just be for tablets  (this time around) and Ice Cream 2.4 may be the remade honeycomb to be optimized for handsets. Guess we have to wait for May to find out.

MetroPCS getting LTE 4G Android 2.2 based Samsung SCH-R910 phone

What you are looking at is MetroPCS’ foray into the LTE/Android based marketplace with the SCH-R910 handset running Android 2.2, otherwise known as Froyo. BGR is being told that this will sport Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, running a 1GHz hummingbird processor and a 5 MP camera, and accessible micro-SD card. Not much else is known but we can expect to the pricing around $329 to $399.

Verizon vs. AT&T: How does your coverage stack up? There’s an app for that!

BGR posted a nice little iOS app found in iTunes called Coverage by Technomadia. The app functions as a simple little app that allows you to compare coverage maps of the four major U.S. and A. carriers. So if you are in the market for a Verizon iPhone, this app may help you make up your mind. Hit the source link for more information and check out the video of the app in action below.

[via BGR]