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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

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.

 

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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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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Verizon is aggressively looking to build out LTE in Rural America

Verizon’s purchase of a $9 billion worth of contiguous licenses from the Federal Communications Commission’s massive 700MHz band auction in 2008 is about to hit the  rural communities soon. Verizon states “says it’s looking” for rural companies to assist in  “collaboratively build and operate” Verizon’s 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in the out in the boondocks. Looks like the local rural carriers will be providing the towers and backhaul lines to network infrastructure . Verizon will then bring in their core LTE equipment and regional 700MHz licenses, which can transmit voice and data across rural counties with a breeze.

“Verizon Wireless may work with rural companies that have towers and backhaul capabilities, even if those companies are not currently wireless operators,” the telco also says. “Together, we will plan and coordinate a local LTE deployment schedule that makes sense for both Verizon Wireless and the rural company that we are collaborating with.”

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Microsoft’s Project Pink Sidekick-Replacement Pics

A tipster at Gizmodo shows the upcoming project Pink phone that has been behind the scenes at Microsoft for quite a while, outed in blurry glory. At first glance it appears to look like a Palm Pre-esq type phone with rounded corners. The word is that this phone, known as a the Pure, is also headed to Verizon sometime soon.  The phone itself has a Windows Phone 7-type appearance  with a paneled interface, fixed squares that contain music, email, RSS feeds and a social networking hub. This Sidekick replacement already looks very appealing. Another pic after the break.

via Gizmodo

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The Lowdown on Palm’s webOS and why it will prevail

Oh Analysts, how smart are thee? All this week, I have watched Palm get bashed, left and right, from all sides of the financial and technical Intertubes. Let’s take David Coursey for example, a tech writer for some very notable e-zines and the champion of Palm’s doom and gloom (that’s before he was for Palm in 2006 before he was not for Palm today). But a little Google’ing of David and you too can find more information on David’s true love: Apple. Hearing David rant on about how Palm won’t prevail doesn’t matter much to Palm fans. You see, you have to actually use a product for a decent amount of time before you can condemn it to a fiery grave. Read more of this post

Verizon and Skype Exclusive; unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls

Just a few days after AT&T announced SlingPlayer for iPhone, Verizon announced a partnership with Skype to allow   all Verizon Wireless customers with smartphones  to make unlimited Skype-to-Skype voice calls to any user in the world over its 3G network (data plan required). This is a historic game-changing proposition and puts Verizon and Skype at the forefront of innovation and technology in the mobile marketplace. The two companies have created an exclusive, easy-to-use Skype mobile offering for 3G smartphones.

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