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

[Video] Google outs Android 3.0 Honeycomb Tablet-only OS

Looky at what we have here? Google has thrown up a video of Android 3.0 (which was shortly yanked…but thanks to Engadget for grabbing a copy), in it Google clearly demontrates their ability with a newly redone Android 3.0 for a tablet-only format. Not only is it sleek but it’s real sexy too.

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[via Engadget]

[Breaking-Video] Eric Schimdt just confirmed the Nexus S

During the Web 2.0 summit, Google CEO Eric Schimdt just pulled out the Nexus S and showed it off in it’s full glory. So now we know that this IS the next Nexus model in Google’s lineup. The new handset will have NFC technology integrated for mobile payments. The live-stream of the summit can be seen here.

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White iPhone 4 delayed yet again; coming Spring 2011

Yesterday, Apple iPhone 4 fans saw a glimpse of the future; a white iPhone 4 appeared in the Apple Store. Well, that dream just lasted about a few hours because today, Reuters confirmed that Apple is indeed NOT releasing the White iPhone 4 until Spring 2011, just in time for iPhone 5.

[via Reuters image via TechCrunch]

MetroPCS launches LTE in Las Vegas; first U.S. carrier with LTE

It’s here, finally. And MetroPCS is the first U.S. based carrier to get it off the ground. MetroPCS will offer two plans at launch including a $60 monthly 4G premium plan which includes unlimited calling, unlimited texts, unlimited 4G data, and access to MetroPCS’ MetroStudio package which includes access to 14 television channels, not a bad deal if you ask us and just in time for CES 2011. Also, remember there is NO CONTRACT and NO ETF’s when using MetroPCS.

The Samsung Craft, is a non-smartphone but LTE enabled device, is not only MetroPCS’ first 4G handset, but the first LTE phone to launch anywhere in the world. The Craft comes back with a 3.3-inch AMOLED display, 3.2 megapixel camera, bluetooth, GPS and a full QWERTY slide, but no USB tethering will be allowed.

[Via MetroPCS]

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Nokia announces ex-Microsoft head of Business Division as CEO

Score one for Canada. The ex-Microsoft head of Business Division, Stephon Elop, is now the head-honcho over Finnish company Nokia. The move came as somewhat of a surprise in a very short amount of time. Although we have watched Nokia struggle against Apple and Android with serious competing devices, Nokia is still the sales leader, albeit not so much in the smartphone market. This is where Stephon Elop’s job comes into play; to give direction to the company and it’s fantastic hardware. You can watch the full replay of the Nokia announcement webcast here. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more of this post

[video] Samsung Galaxy Tab preview

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It seems like more and more leaks are coming direct from manufactures of products these days. With the Samsung Galaxy Tab teaser video we showed you earlier, this one is a hands-on treatment of what looks to be a surprising competitor to Apple’s iPad. As far as specifications go, here is what we know so far: Android 2.2, WCDMA 3G, 802.11n WiFi, a 16:10 screen ratio, a front-facing camera for dedicated to video calling, SDHC memory expandability, and a DMB (digital multimedia broadcasting) TV tuner. If the specs match up to the UI in the video, you have one hell of a Pad built by Samsung.

[via Engadget, dt.co.kr]

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Blackberry Torch 9800 Hands-On Thoughts

Seeing the Blackberry Torch finally unveiled made me one happy camper. A new Blackberry was finally coming to AT&T and we were going to get Blackberry OS 6 first. Everyone loves to hate on AT&T huh? I expected to play a few weeks after its release, the normal time I get to try out phones, but I did not expect to play with the phone the next day! A friend of mine was kind enough to show me his new Blackberry Torch, which was given to him for free by his lovely company. So I decided to put together a short ‘my thoughts’ post so you can see what we thought of the new Torch 9800. Read more of this post

iPhone 4 unlock unltrasnow is a go!

For all the of you that have been waiting patiently, the iPhone 4 unlock is finally here. The Dev-Team unlock called ultrasnow has just unlocked the carriers death grip on your beautiful iPhone 4. Engadget is reporting:

You’ll find version 1.0-1 of ultrasn0w in Cydia on jailbroken devices. If not, just add the repo666.ultrasn0w.com repository. It works for iPhone 4 baseband 01.59 and 3G/3GS basebands 04.26.08, 05.11.07, 05.12.01 and 05.13.04. If none of this makes sense then you’ve got no reason unlocking your device in the first place, buddy.

So what are you waiting for? Go get you some unlocked goodness.

[via Engadget and Dev Team Blog]

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