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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Pickup Your New iPad at Either Verizon or AT&T Today

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 07:29 AM,+iPad,+iPod)

"As previously announced, Verizon and AT&T have started selling the iPad today. AT&T is selling iPad Wi-Fi + 3G at the standard pricing for both device and data plan. Verizon is offering the wifi-only iPad bundled with their own Verizon MiFi, for more flexible, if less integrated 3G connectivity."

Verizon is only selling the Wi-Fi version, while AT&T is selling either the Wi-Fi or 3G versions. AT&T is the standard data plan they have always offered but since Verizon has only the Wi-Fi version they are bundling it with the MiFi modem, pricing it at $629.99 USD for 16GB iPad/MiFi, $729.99 USD for 32GB iPad/MiFi and $829.99 USD for 64GB iPad/MiFi.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Two Takes on the iPad and Verizon MiFi

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 02:00 AM

"Yesterday brought news of Verizon offering the iPad for sale in its stores by the end of the month and that they would bundle the iPad with a MiFi (portable WiFi hotspot, using the 3G data network). After posting about the announcement I posted this link to the Atlantic that talked about the pricing of the data plans for the iPad (AT&T 3G equipped iPad versus WiFi iPad with MiFi from Verzion)."

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Ben Brooks from Brooks Review goes on to explain his take on using the WiFi only version of the iPad with the Verizon MiFi, versus buying a 3G version. I read this article with interest, as I too couldn't wait for the 3G version and have used my iPad with the MiFi whenever I'm in an area without Wi-Fi service. However I don't find that it is the bothersome combination that Ben relates. But I'm coming at it from a different set of circumstances. I'm not without Wi-Fi service very often, so pulling out the MiFi is an infrequent task for me. I will agree that battery life on the MiFi is problematic, so you do have to be prepared for that in case you are going to be on the Verizon network for any length of time. If my situation was more similar to Ben's, then I might have the same annoyances. Before you make your choice of 3G or no 3G, make sure you review how you are going to be using it otherwise you may end up being aggravated.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Everyone is Selling the iPad!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 09:04 AM

"AT&T* and Apple® today announced that all three iPadTM Wi-Fi + 3G models will be available at more than 2,200 AT&T Stores starting Thursday, October 28. AT&T will offer customers 3G pre-paid data plans for iPad, complete with Apple's easy on-device activation and management. All iPad data plans are available without a term contract and include unlimited access to AT&T's 23,000+ domestic Wi-Fi Hot Spots."

Target is selling the iPad now, while Wal-Mart is set to begin selling the iPad starting October 15th. Sam's Club will also be selling it in the near future, so I guess it was just logical that AT&T get in the mix. But that is not all. Verizon is also set to begin selling the Wi-Fi version of the iPad at the end of October, with an optional bundle that includes the MiFi Hotspot for an extra $130.00 USD. Since you can't use the iPad 3G on the Verizon network, this is a good option (I do the same thing with my Wi-Fi only iPad) and it turns out the price difference is what you would pay for a 3G version of an iPad.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Verizon? It's Anyone's Guess At This Point

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 05:20 AM

"Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal went out on a limb, and stated that we'd see a Verizon iPhone by early 2011. Obviously, we all took this with a grain of salt: more often than not, such predictions turn out to be false. We've heard rumors of a Verizon iPhone for years now, and so far, nothing's come of it."

We don't go into rumors around here too much, but this one is really getting legs. First the Wall Street Journal reports unnamed source that confirms Verizon is getting the iPhone in first quarter of 2011, then the New York Times picks it up and says they have also confirmed it independently, also with an unnamed source. If that wasn't enough, even our statewide paper The Oregonian started reporting on it and the cable news programs also started reporting it. How many AT&T subscribers will switch carriers and how many current Verizon subscribers will switch to the iPhone is anyone's guess, but the buzz around here is such that I expect it to be a pretty high number. Right now though, the only sure things is that if it isn't coming, there are going to be a lot of people with egg on their faces.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Going, Going, Gone?

Posted by Michael Knutson in "Apple Talk" @ 09:30 AM

"SEC filings say the darndest things. In a Friday 10-Q filing, AT&T assured investors that the termination of any handset exclusivity agreement (especially that itsy bitsy deal with Apple) will not have a "material negative impact" on earnings."

"The iPhone might be coming to Verizon in January? Can it be true? The rumor that never dies has popped up again thanks to some vague language in a filing to the SEC, and yet another rumor that Apple is producing Verizon-compatible chipsets for the iPhone."

image credit: PCWorld

Coincidence? Maybe. Maybe Not. When AT&T states publicly to the SEC and to Shareholders that losing their US exclusivity will not have a negative impact on earnings, one has to begin to believe a bit more that the iPhone is indeed headed to Verizon. Or not. Verizon is keeping quiet, naturally, as they don't want to "Osborne" their existing product line. For any of you following this saga, would you switch if you had the opportunity?

Monday, May 24, 2010

AT&T, You are Acting Very Suspicious!

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 05:00 AM

"Plan on bailing to Android on Verizon like Fake Steve Jobs? That's going to cost you nearly double on new plans compared to current costs because AT&T is changing its Early Termination Fees (ETF) from $175 to $325."

This is starting June 1st this year, and could be as innocuous as just bringing their fees in line with other carriers such as Verizon and T-Mobile. Verizon raised their ETF to $350.00 USD from $175.00 USD in November of 2009, and T-Mobile/Google had an ETF for Nexus One phones of $550.00 USD, which is more than the phone cost. Or it could be that something more sinister is afoot! The other line of thought is that AT&T is going to lose their exclusivity deal sooner than later, so they want to lock in the upcoming 4G iPhone owners for as long as they can. AT&T says it's much ado about nothing in their open letter to customers. The timing is suspect don't you think?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AT&T CEO: "What, Me Worry?"

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad" @ 11:00 AM

"As we count down to Apple possibly announcing Verizon as a U.S. iPhone carrier and debate what such a move might mean to the current exclusive iPhone carrier AT&T, the head of that carrier weighed in on why a Verizon iPhone deal isn't keeping him awake at night."

The reason AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega isn't worried, as he tells analysts at a JP Morgan tech conference, is that it is too difficult to switch carriers so people won't be jumping ship to Verizon. What? I have switched carriers numerous times, and since they let you keep your same phone number so I don't have to notify everyone that mine was about to change, I don't find it that difficult. At least that has been my experience. The only worry I would have switching to Verizon would be the lack of simultaneous voice and data transmissions that I currently utilize on my iPhone with AT&T, but that could be a moot point if this story from Boy Genius is true. What are your thoughts? If you prefer Verizon, is there anything that is going to keep you from switching carriers if Verizon does get the iPhone?

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

How Do You Compare?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 07:00 AM

"On Friday, Verizon and AT&T both dropped the price of their unlimited voice plans. Yesterday was the first day that existing customers could switch to these new plans, and luckily BillShrink has put together a nice chart comparing the different U.S. mobile carriers side-by-side."

On the heels of the price drop announcement by AT&T, here is a nice comparison of the four major carriers plans, everything laid out on one chart so you can see what each company charges, side-by-side. The two largest companies (Verizon and AT&T) also charge the most. You can check out all the work BillShrink did on their site, and it should be noted this is assuming you want unlimited texting. I also see that there is no accounting for rollover minutes.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Latest Salvo in the AT&T Verizon Ad Wars

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

Another clever installment from AT&T. I thought I'd throw this out there in light of the previous news story.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I Hope Ad Wars Continue

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"It appears as if the recent onslaught of AT&T and Verizon bashing each other through their ads may soon be coming to an end. In a recent report, it was confirmed that AT&T has dropped their lawsuit against Verizon regarding their 3G coverage claims."

As part of this, Verizon also dropped their counter-suit, so I'm guessing the ad wars will continue. If you are a fan of clever ads, then this should be good news for you. I think when companies get into ad wars such as this, it really brings out the creativity. And I really enjoy a good, well thought out ad.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Apple Joins The Ad Wars

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Apple Monday joined AT&T in its attempt to counter Verizon's attack on both the iPhone and the handset's exclusive carrier. In a series of prime-time ads, the Cupertino, Calif. company asked viewers: 'can your phone and network do that?'"

"Did you see my email?" is the first one, the second one is called "What time's the movie?" and is after the jump.


Tags: , ad, verizon, at&t

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Verizon Spoofs Apple Ads

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM


"Borrowing a line from Apple's (AAPL) "There's an app for that" TV ad campaign, Verizon (VZ) launched a high-profile attack on rival AT&T (T) last night in the middle of Monday Night Football's Viking-Packer game."

I have to admit, a clever take on the Apple ads, and to add some irony to the mix the person uploaded the commercial using his iPhone 3GS.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Verizon Wireless Aims To Be Only App Store

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Talk" @ 11:00 AM

"And while Verizon is romancing developers, the carrier isn't as solicitous of its handset partners. Verizon's Ryan Hughes, VP Partner Management, said in an interview Friday that the network operator's app store will be the sole marketplace on devices sold by the company, meaning stores such as Research In Motion's BlackBerry App World or Microsoft's Windows Mobile Marketplace won't get placement on Verizon handsets unless a consumer downloads them. Hughes also said that Verizon is focusing on aggregating content from four different developer communities: Windows Mobile, Palm, Android and BlackBerry."

It continues to amaze me how little reaction these sorts of things elicit when other carriers do them. AT&T is constantly being derided for taking too much control over the user experience with the iPhone and yet here is Verizon pretty much taking an even bigger level control over their own handsets. Everyone wants a Verizon iPhone so they can get off AT&T and use the much "friendlier" network. Face it, folks. Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint... They're all the same.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

AT&T Benefiting From Apple iPhone Availability

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

""Even with all of the negative things said about AT&T, people still love Apple's iPhone. According to a new report from ChangeWave, customers are still leaving their current cell carrier to flock to AT&T's network just to purchase an iPhone. According to this report, within the next 6 months 13% of the people polled are looking to bail out on their current carrier and 33% of those people said they will be headed to AT&T for an iPhone. These numbers are the highest since this question was first asked back in 2005. As for AT&T's competition, namely Verizon, 24% will be going in that direction.""

I think the knocks on AT&T are highly overrated. Are there places where it isn't the best carrier? Of course. Just like every other carrier. In fact in some places (namely my neighborhood) AT&T slaughters any other carrier's coverage and it isn't even close. Once you take the mystique out of Verizon's network (particularly that it's utterly bullet-proof) and the closed nature of its technology of choice (not seeing a whole bunch of unlocked CDMA phones out there, are you?) it's no wonder the tide has turned.

Oh yeah... And the iPhone is still a big draw. Almost forgot that part!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

AT&T and Verizon Make a Deal

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"AT&T on Friday confirmed plans to acquire wireless properties from rival Verizon in a bid to strengthen coverage of its 3G network in rural areas of the US stretching across some 18 states."

Since Verizon bought Alltel, these properties weren't needed so AT&T worked out a deal. This deal was for $2.35 Billion USD and means that AT&T takes control of 18 of the 24 markets Verizon is divesting itself of because of the Alltel acquisition. So AT&T gets properties, licenses, assets and about 1.5 million subscribers in 18 states. Converting the areas from CDMA to GSM will take about a year and cost $400 million USD, about a 1/6 of what it cost them to purchase the assets.

Well I'd say that this is going to improve my 3G coverage at home but sadly Oregon isn't one of the states mentioned.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Rumor: Apple and Verizon in Talks for CDMA iPhone

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 05:19 AM

"Verizon (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year, people familiar with the situation say. It would mark the first time Apple has produced a version of the iPhone for a CDMA wireless network, which is different from AT&T's GSM technology."

This rumor has been cropping up a lot lately. I'm wondering if there's any truth to it or if we've just been sucked into the iPhone rumor echo chamber. One thing's for sure; if the iPhone does show up on Verizon at some point, it's pretty much an admission that the repeated attempts at crappy clones from LG, Samsung, HTC, and RIM just aren't having the impact Verizon hoped they would. If they were, there would be no need to seek out the actual iPhone.

Touch does more on America's largest wireless network? Sure it does, when it's attached to the right phone.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Verizon Acknowledges iPhone Might be the Reason Customers are Leaving

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"Verizon Wireless must be feeling the sting of losing customers to AT&T due the popularity of the iPhone. A reader just alerted us to a survey peppered with iPhone references that was presented to him upon cancellation of his Verizon account. The coup d'etat was the question that posed, "What could Verizon Wireless have offered to keep you as a customer?" Among the optional answers, iPhone."

Ouch! I guess Verizon is feeling the heat due to customers leaving for the iPhone (oh yea, and AT&T). Or more likely it could be they are just being thorough. They would have to be clueless not to have included this as an option in their survey. Ignoring the iPhone won't make it go away so they might as well acknowledge it and figure out just how many of their customers are leaving, if any, for the iPhone.

Tags: iphone, verizon, at&t

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Rumor: Verizon Version of iPhone Coming

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"We've fielded a couple of tips (some more sketchy than others) about EVDO iPhones floating around Cupertino in the past, but today's tipster seems a little bit more sure of himself. Besides having some Verizon insider credentials, he seems to know way too much about Verizon-Apple politics. According to him, Apple will be announcing iPhones for Verizon Wireless in 2009, perhaps as early Macworld 2009. Negotiations between Apple and Verizon are ongoing but they expect to hammer out agreements by the end of the year."

9 to 5 Mac has been one of the darlings of Mac sites since they nailed the fatty Nano long before anyone believed Apple would make such an ugly nubby little thing. Since then, almost every rumor they publish gets attention just by virtue of coming out of their mouth. The problem with this rumor is that there's no basis for it other than a "tip." Their supporting evidence is nothing new, and is just a list of cobbled together facts and figures from things we already knew and know. I'm not ready to believe that the iPhone's on its way to Verizon based on anything I see in that article, but I guess if it makes you feel hopeful or whatever, then go for it.

It should be noted that the iPhone is still going to be an exclusive AT&T device until, at the very minimum, 2010, so I find it hard to believe Apple would announce a CDMA version of the iPhone a year before they plan to release it.

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