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

Verizon will begin selling iPads bundled with its MiFi wireless hotspots

Verizon Wireless announced today that it will begin selling iPads bundled with its MiFi wireless hotspots in stores on October 28. Verizon will offer WiFi iPads together with its MiFi 2200 hotspot — a device which lets up to five devices wirelessly connect to Verizon’s 3G network — for $630 (16GB iPad), $730 (32GB), and $830 (64GB). The MiFis will offer only one access plan at this point: $20-a-month for 1GB of data with no contract. In comparison, AT&T’s iPad data plans offer 200MB of data for $15-a-month, and 2GB for $25 monthly.

[via Verizon]

[Video How To] Tethering the Sprint HTC EVO 4G for Free

Not quite ready to pay an additional $29.99 to tether your Sprint EVO 4G while Nexus One owners currently have the ability to do the same thing for free? Well, rest your brain and sit back, grab a cup of coffee and learn how to tether your new EVO 4G using PdaNet from the Sprint Android Market. It just a few simple clicks, you’ll be tethered to your hearts content in a matter of minutes.

Note: we do not condone using your phone as a tethered hotspot device AND you may incur additional data charges from your carrier.

[via android and me]

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Android 2.0 coming to G1 and MyTouch? WiFi tether hacked on the Droid

Word is out that Android 2.0 or greater is officially coming to the G1 and possibly the MyTouch 3G. AndroidSPIN says that they have a “source” that says Android 2.0 and/or 2.0.1 are already on some legacy devices. We are hoping this means both the G1 and MyTouch 3G but we also are hoping it doesn’t end there. No device except for the ‘Nexus One’ have Android 2.1, but hopefully when that becomes available to the public, the firmware will also be released on these other devices. Android has come a long way in the jump from 1.6 to 2.0.1 and this update will be a very heart warming addition to the legacy phones that got people excited for Android in the first place. No reason for Google not to support its first comers. This is all still just rumor as far as we are concerned but it is something we expected to happen for a long time now. Now if Google could just give some word so G1 users and MyTouch users can breathe a sigh of relief.

In other news, the good folks over at Droidforums.net have provided users with a list of instructions on how to get WiFi tethering on the Motorola Droid. If you are already content using the “No hack needed” PDANET that is available in the Android Market, which allows Bluetooth and USB tethering, then this isn’t worth the work. If not, then you should definitely head over to the Droidforums and follow the step by step instructions on how to root your Droid and allow WiFi tethering. Build your own Verizon MiFi out of the Motorola Driod! ^^ Of course you run the risk of bricking your phone during the root process, which neither us, nor Droidforums, are responsible for. If you are not familiar or comfortable with rooting your device then you definitely should not give this a try. Hopefully WiFi tethering can become somewhat of a norm sometime in the future.

For instructions on how to root your device and get WiFi tethering on your Droid go here

[Via AndroidSPIN, Droidforums]