Friday, October 8, 2010

Verizon iPhone, 4G Networks, and more...

Hey everybody! There's been a lot going on in the technology sector lately! First, a quick poll:

Do you own an iPhone?

"Smooth as a baby's bottom." - Steve Jobs

Much of the following paragraph is supposition, take it with a grain of salt - unless you've got high blood pressure.

Moving on, I'm assuming you're on the AT&T network (most likely) if you've got one. However its been reported that Apple has designed a new iPhone for the Verizon network! Apple has plans to begin manufacturing these new devices by the end of 2010 and aims to have them on the market in the first quarter of 2011. With this comes the end of the exclusive relationship Apple and AT&T have shared since 2007. The new devices will be similar to the iPhone 4, but will be based on an alternate technology that is used by Verizon.

End suppositories.

I'm not much of an AT&T fan, so this is kind of thrilling to me. The iPhone has catapulted AT&T's growth over the past 3 years so hopefully this will take some of the wind out of their sales. On the other hand, I'm not an Apple fan either so I'm not too keen on this device spreading its slime any further than it already has.

In related news Verizon has been spreading the tentacles of the 4G network further across the United States. At a recent wireless trade show, Verizon's President stated that when their 4G network is launched it will be covering 38 markets. He also said that at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show there should be at least half a dozen smartphones and tablets compatible with the 4G technology on display. One hurdle Verizon will have to overcome is ensuring the new devices are able to easily hop between the 3G and 4G networks. As planned these new devices will still be running voice traffic on the 3G network, while the more intense data traffic will be shifted over to the 4G side.

Damn that doesn't look comfortable

This is really cool to me. I'm always excited as technology progresses, and this sounds like nothing but an improvement on what we've got setup right now. Sprint and Verizon will be the only players in the 4G market at year's end and if the rest of the big carriers don't keep up they're going to get left behind (now at wireless gigabit speed!)

At this point, you might be wondering what the "and more..." part was. I had planned on adding some cool stuff about HTC to this post but damn if I couldn't find my sources again. The downfall of perpetual private browsing.

-- The only constant is change --


  1. I've been waiting for this to happen for a while now. Apple and Verizon together just makes sense for both companies.

  2. Hey you know your poll at the top of the page doesn't have the question showing, just the answers