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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 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]

FoneFrenzy Podcast: CES 2011 predictions

2011 CES is here and so are Daniel, James and myself with another FoneFrenzy podcast. In this podcast, we discuss the trends, predictions and all around good gadgets in the mobile tech space. So sit back and listen to our new podcast with music provided by Daniel’s bandmates Glass Fence.

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Fortune confirms Verizon is getting the iPhone

As with several reports of the rumored Verizon iPhone, the news is the same. But today, Fortune, the big boys of the business world have confirmed what we told you-all last year, Verizon is getting Apple’s iPhone. We’ve known that the testing was already well into the works on the latest iPhone. Verizon has been testing their network capacity with CDMA as well as LTE trials. Also, Verizon is getting ready to lite-up their LTE network in over 30 cities by the end of the year. What does that mean for Apple’s iPhone fans? Finally a choice in providers.

According to the report:

Fortune has confirmed that a Verizon iPhone will be released in early 2011.

And now that Verizon’s tiered data plans have kicked-into effect, you can bet that this was surely put into place for not only the company’s current handsets but for the data hogs to come, including the new CDMA, LTE or or dual band CDMA/LTE iPhone 4.


30 “NFL cities” to get Verizon LTE by end of this year

According to eWeek, Verizon speaking to IT Managers informed them that they will launch LTE in 30 “National Football League” cities by the end of 2010. Verizon did not specify which cities they are referring to, they only said major metropolitan areas. Another tidbit was Bernie McMonagle, a Verizon senior federal sales executive, mentioning that the rest of the United States will receive LTE in stages until the whole country is covered in 2013. Unfortunately, there was no mention of any Verizon LTE devices launching by the end of this year to go with it, that most likely will not happen until next year. I actually live in East Rutherford, home of the new Giants/Jets Stadium, so I hope that this is one of the cities getting LTE because then I would definitely consider moving over to Verizon for 4G.

[via BGR]

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Motorola Droid 2 officially announced, Star Wars surprise included

We have heard rumors for months about this little bugger. August 12th was readily predicted weeks ago and now the time has officially come. The Motorola Droid 2 is going on sale for $199.99 on a 2 year contract on August 12th. You can order it from Verizon on August 11th or you can wait until they land in stores on August 12th. Here is a brief run down of the Motorola Droid 2’s specs. Read more of this post

BGR scoops up Verizon roadmap, Droids, Tablets, LTE, and more

BGR picked up on a road map that seems to be quite huge. Not just a ‘maybe’ here and a ‘maybe’ there, but some devices with some fairly detailed specs.  According to BGR, Verizon is expecting to get a new ‘Droid Pro’ in November, new Android world phones from both HTC and Samsung before the end of the year, a Samsung tablet this year, a Motorola tablet next year, a new LTE MiFi with hotspot sharing with up to 10 poeple, and more. Check out BGR’s official queue up after the break…

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Apple submits CDMA chipset orders to Qualcomm; iPhone 4 headed to Verizon

It seems like every week we have another Verizon iPhone 4 rumor but this time, there is plenty of evidence that Verizon hopefully (and AT&T soon-to-be defectors) have been waiting to hear. According to a report on TechCrunch, Qualcomm, the largest CDMA chipset manufacturer in the world, has received chipset orders from Apple most likely destined for Verizon. Not long ago, Bloomberg said that it has confirmed with two of their sources who are working on the project, that the iPhone will be coming to Verizon in January 2011. Bloomberg goes on to say that the iPhone exclusivity will end at the same time that the iPhone goes on sale on Verizon.

Sources with knowledge of this entire situation have assured me that Apple has submitted orders for millions of units of Qualcomm CDMA chipsets for a Verizon iPhone run due in December. This production run would likely be for a January launch, and I’d bet the phone is nearly 100% consistent with the current iPhone 4 (with a fixed internal insulator on the antenna).

Our own sources indicated last October, that indeed a Verizon branded iPhone was being tested. Our only question is this: will Apple/Verizon provide a dual-band CDMA/LTE iPhone coming at the end of this year/or January 2011? A dual banded LTE/CDMA iPhone 4 seems as a more logical approach since LTE SIM cards were spotted on Engadget with a rumored launch date around November 15th. In addition, waiting until January 2011 makes no sense whatsoever. Why would both Verizon and Apple wait until after the holidays (if the contract with AT&T was renegotiated to expire in the Holiday season) and miss the biggest sales season of the year and launch a phone when everyone is broke? Expect to see the Verizon branded iPhone 4 advertised sometime before Christmas.

[via TechCrunch, Bloomberg , Engadget and FoneFrenzy]

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Verizon launching LTE network on November 15th? Black Friday brings new handsets?

I love it when bombs like this drop out of nowhere. Verizon is expected to begin rolls outs of their LTE 4G network in 25 markets beginning on November 15th, 2010. With those 25 markets, Verizon is expected to provide 4G access to as many as 100 million potential subscribers. The report goes on to say that though 4G handsets will not be available right away, Verizon is planning to release “a slew of new devices” that are capable of taking advantage of Verizon’s new LTE network on Black Friday, November 26th, 2010. The LTE pricing is expected to be tiered and not tied to an additional monthly charge like Sprint has for $10. What ‘tiered’ really means in terms of pricing is not readily clear, but you can expect to pay a premium for use of this new LTE 4G network I’m sure. By then, Sprint should have almost 200 million people covered in the United States with it’s WiMAX 4G technology and a plethora of phones behind them. We will have to wait and see who will win the Q4 2010/Q1 2011 battle for customers with new 4G handsets and pricing programs.

[via BGR]

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