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This Is My Next (The Verge)






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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

HTC Windows Phone 7 features 3.7″ screen, 1GHz Snapdragon on CDMA bands?

Looks like a developer decided to shoot some pics and send them over to Engadget of a mysterious new HTC Windows Phone 7 powered device. The phone sports a CDMA band which would most likely mean Verizon and Sprint as the main carriers for this new WP7 handset. The device itself comes with a 3.7″ Super LCD screen (maybe ala Sony?), 1GHz Snapdragon processor, three touchscreen buttons at the bottom of the screen like on the Nexus One and an 8 MP camera. Nothing is confirmed but if what we see is some more HTC goodness about the hit the CDMA market here in the U.S.A., you can bet we will surely be wanting to take one for a test drive. Hit up the link for more pics. Read more of this post

Blackberry Storm 3 specs hit the interwebs

Yawn, did another Blackberry come in the room or am I just tired? Oh wait, a Blackberry rumor states a new Storm 3 will come in Verizon’s LTE flavor or otherwise known as 4G network. Now things have become a bit more titillating. The forthcoming (rumored) handset will boast a plethora of new features including 1 GHz processor and riding on Verizon’s LTE network. Read more of this post

Droid X now up for Pre-order at Best Buy for $199

Are you a Verizon customer looking at your Sprint buddies touting their EVO 4G screen size and it really pisses you off? Well have no fear, Best Buy is here! Today, Best Buy announced they will begin taking pre-orders for the Motorola Droid X. The Droid X comes with a 4.3″ scratch resistant screen with 16:9 aspect ratio and 854×480 resolution, 1GHz TI OMAP3640 processor, 512MB OF RAM,8GB of ROM, 16GB SD card included and is expandable up to 32GB, 8MP camera that captures 720p HD video (and can be displayed on your home TV or PC in 720P via HDMI out), It comes with 3 microphones,  1570mAh battery, Verizon’s 3G CDMA bands, GPS, Bluetooth, and WiFi, WiFi Mobile hotspot for an additional $20.00 a month, runs Android 2.1 coupled with a new slick version of Motorola’s MotoBlur.

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Motorola Droid X is real, July 15th for $200 with Android 2.2 shortly after

Motorola finally announced the Droid X that we all knew and most of us loved. The Droid X is a mixed bag. It is full of win, but at the same time not everybody is ready to use a 4.3″ screened device. Most the readers on FoneFrenzy have no problem using it I’m sure. So what is it exactly? Read on for the tech specs… Read more of this post

Motorola Droid X event live stream [Update – Event is over]

We are all eagerly awaiting the announcement of the new Droid! Come join us in watching a live stream on UStream!

View the stream here -> http://www.ustream.tv/channel/droid-x-launching-event-live/v3

Update – The event has ended.

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Samsung expects to double its market share with the Galaxy S

Samsung is serious about smartphones. The Galaxy S is on its way to the United States very soon. Samsung is also said to be bringing it to 109 other countries. We have touched on this before, but Samsung felt compelled to reveal that they expect this to be a huge year for them because of Android and the Galaxy S. According to BusinessWeek, Samsung plans to grow to more than 10% of the global smartphone market by the end of 2010 due to the Galaxy S. So what do we do? We sit back and watch as Samsung does what it can to make its name known in the modern smartphone market. I am not going to lie, I am truly looking forward to being able to say, “I told you so!”.

[Via BusinessWeek]

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HTC EVO in White to get exclusive through Best Buy

Best Buy is going to be the exclusive retailer of the HTC EVO 4G in a brilliant color White. According to an anonymous tipster over at Engadget, Best Buy will get the new color on July 11th, with Sprint retail to get them around August 8th. Pre-orders started today, June 19th. So if the black EVO wasn’t your cup of tea, now is the time to make the jump get your White EVO 4G on!

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