Posts Tagged ‘Apple’

iPhone 4 – Verizon vs AT&T

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

The iPhone 4 is nearly at Verizon’s door. Just a few more days and the pre-order will begin. As more details are being revealed about the iPhone at Verizon, one wonders if it is really a better deal than AT&T.

Verizon’s iPhone4 will be available for $200 for 16GB or $300 for 32GB. AT&T’s iPhone4 is available for $200 for 16GB and $300 for 32GB. Verizon will offer a personal hot spot for $20. AT&T offers Wi-Fi tethering for $20. Verizon will offer unlimited data for a limited time. AT&T has an unlimited plan for grandfathered customers, and a limited plan for everyone else. Verizon will follow suite. Seeing a pattern here? Verizon and AT&T are offering the same phone with the same pricing. So how do you choose your carrier?

Verizon is the largest US carrier. The size is partially due to the outdated CDMA network. It may be big, but it is not fast. Verizon does has some perks though. Rather than using hot spot access from your data plan, a separate 2GB is allocated for the feature. This will be helpful for conserving your data plan usage once the unlimited plan goes away. Verizon will have a lot less congestion on its network, so you probably won’t experience the major crashes that AT&T customers suffered as the iPhone rapidly increased in popularity. It’s not all roses at big red. Verizon can’t currently offer a simultaneous connection to voice and data services. This is a big deal.

AT&T, is on the more advanced GSM network, as is T-Mobile and virtually the rest of the world. AT&T has the fastest service, when it is actually available. . AT&T offers simultaneous voice and data services. AT&T’s huge coverage gaps are annoying, but recent upgrades have improved things, at least in the L.A. area. AT&T is even rumored to be offering unlimited data to those who opted out of the service last year. AT&T is trying to reduce the number of people jumping ship in February.

As you decide which carrier to go with, ask yourself a few questions. Do you want speed or reliability? The pricing is mostly identical. Do you want a fast network that is sometimes reliable, or a slow network that is typically reliable? Do you want to be able to check your email while talking on the phone, or not?

All of this might be moot, however, as Apple is expected to announce the next iPhone within the next couple of months. At the end of the day, the iPhone 4 is almost a year old. As much as I’d like to see a mass exodus from AT&T to benefit the rest of AT&T’s customers, you may want to think twice about signing up for a two-year commitment this close to the next version’s launch.

iPhone Officially At Verizon February 10

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

“If the press write something long enough, eventually it comes true”
Lowell McAdam, President & COO, Verizon

Verizon officially announced the iPhone in a press conference today. It will be pretty much the same version as on AT&T, just with the CDMA radio. It will feature FaceTime, Retina Display, and a 5MP camera, just like its GSM counterpart.

The iPhone 4 will be available for pre-order on February 3. It will be avaialable at Verizon stores and online, as well as Apple Stores on February 10. The 16GB version will sell for $200 and the 32GB version for $300, both with a two year commitment. Verizon’s iPhone also can be used as a mobile hot spot for up to 5 devices.

This phone has been rumored for a long time. Verizon has been working hard to make sure its network could handle the surge in data use, a lesson learned from AT&T’s failure. Verizon repeatedly assured the audience that it was ready to handle the added burden. Time will tell.

If you are an Apple fan and have been stuck on AT&T against your will, today is a good day. Getting out of your AT&T contract won’t be easy, but you can finally jump ship. As a non-iPhone user, I am looking forward to the increase in bandwidth caused by the sudden void on AT&T’s network. Once the mass exodus occurs, things should look really good for the remaining customers. This makes it a good day for everybody, not just iPhone fans.

If you want to see if you are eligible for an upgrade at Verizon, you can find out here.

iPad Coming to Verizon October 28

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

The iPad is coming to Verizon. It won’t have native 3G, but Verizon has figured out a way around that problem. You can buy an iPad/MiFi Mobile Hotspot bundle. The MiFi Mobile Hotspot allows you to use your Verizon 3G data to broadcast to 5 WiFi-enabled devices, including the iPad.

The iPads seem to track AT&T’s selection, sans 3G. You can get 16GB for $630, 32GB for $730, and 64GB for $830. The MiFi 2200 is included in the price, and requires a data plan. Even with the service agreement, the plans will be available month-to-month without an early termination fee. Verizon’s data plans are $20 for 1GB, $35 for 3GB, and $50 for 5GB. The overages stack in favor of the 3GB or 5GB plans though, with only $10 per additional gigabyte. The MiFi 2200 will not be included outside of Verizon, so don’t rush to the Apple store if you want the bundle. You can also purchase the iPad without the MiFi if you prefer. Verizon’s FAQ says to check for the non-bundled iPad pricing, but it currently just redirects to the announcement page.

With all the rumors of a Verizon iPhone getting stronger, this iPad option certainly seems to lend credence. Verizon figured out a clever workaround for the non-CDMA devices. The MiFi hotspot will get you on Verizon’s network, but will also require you pay for a data plan. A smart move on Verizon’s part, though not necessarily great news for its customers. Needless to say, the iPad is going to be flying off Verizon’s shelves. Christmas has come early for Verizon customers.