Updated with Live Blogs: [Video] Live Coverage of Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” Event

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Live Coverage of Apple Keynotes. Including Images, Commentary, and sometimes audio and video.

UPDATE: If you are interested in following a live blog, we have a list for you here:

This Is My Next (The Verge)

Engadget

WSJ

Gizmodo

CNET

gdgt

Ars Technica

MacWorld

 

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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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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Motorola Droid Shawdow (Xtreme) outed in pics

The Motorola Droid Xtreme is coming to Verizon and boy does it look dandy. Under the hood is Android 2.2, nine home screens, No Motoblur, , 4.1″ to 4.3″ WVGA display, 8 megapixel camera with 720p video recording dedicated camera button (ya!), a TI OMAP3630 processor, built with metal and HDMI out. Sounds nice huh? We think so too.

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