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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone 480

Velcroman1 writes "The most asked question in all of technology finally has an answer. When will Verizon get the iPhone? The answer: early next month. Verizon COO Lowell McAdam unveiled a new iPhone Tuesday during a presentation in New York that was short on surprises as most of the tech press already knew what was coming. 'If the press writes about something long enough and hard enough, eventually it comes true,' McAdam joked. Nevertheless, the move clears a major hurdle for Apple as they face increasing competition in smartphones, particularly from devices based on Google Inc.'s Android software which has exploded in popularity. Verizon's Lowell McAdam described the unveiling as a 'great day for wireless customers across the US.'"
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Verizon Finally Unveils Apple iPhone

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  • by imamac ( 1083405 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:41PM (#34836618)
    Good: Free tethering. Bad: No simultaneous voice/data.
  • Re:Best (Score:5, Insightful)

    by XxtraLarGe ( 551297 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:44PM (#34836684) Journal
    Unlimited data is cool, but in the 6 months or so I've had my iPhone, I've never even come close to using the 2GB data limit. WiFi is so ubiquitous, even where I live out in the sticks.
  • by TooMuchToDo ( 882796 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:47PM (#34836728)

    Want to reference an email in Gmail while on a phone call? Doesn't work. Want to look at Google Maps to give directions while you're on the phone with someone? Doesn't work. Yes, no data/voice simultaneously is a big deal.

  • Too late. (Score:4, Insightful)

    by orphiuchus ( 1146483 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:47PM (#34836736)
    This took way too long. I already caved and got myself a Android phone, which I'm very happy with.
  • Re:Ok (Score:5, Insightful)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:51PM (#34836830) Journal
    The most common(and probably most effective) backpedaling strategy is "Don't".

    Just stop saying what you were saying before, scrub it from visible locations where possible, then begin emitting the new party line. Most people have sufficiently short memories, or high enough tolerance for absurd contradictions, that they won't bat an eye. The people who don't fit in this category will never be satisfied, so why bother worrying about them?
  • by TooMuchToDo ( 882796 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @12:57PM (#34836924)

    True. But if you're on the phone and they say "Sending you the email now", you're boned. You'll have to hang up, allow the data transmission, and then call them back.

    And if there is a wifi network around, more likely I'm using a laptop and not my phone.

  • Re:Ok (Score:4, Insightful)

    by GodfatherofSoul ( 174979 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:00PM (#34836962)

    If it works for public policy on promoting wars, it'll work for a silly phone.

  • Yes it does... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SuperKendall ( 25149 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:06PM (#34837070)

    Sure it does, I can look at google maps when on the phone, on an iPhone, on AT&T.

  • Re:Ok (Score:5, Insightful)

    by brian_tanner ( 1022773 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:13PM (#34837168)
    All I heard over and over was "customers keep telling us they want it". What I didn't hear was "this is the best phone we have". No contradiction. Giving customers what they are asking for is hardly rocket science. Not like they are replacing other products with the iPhone.
  • Re:Ok (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tgatliff ( 311583 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:21PM (#34837272)

    From a current iPhone user... I dont think it really matters....

    I have an iPhone for work, as well as a Verizon MiWi. I constantly get 1 bar in various buildings with my iPhone, but love the MiWi service. If getting the iPhone thru Verizon can solve the problems I have now with the AT&T setup, I will definitely give them a try.

    My only grip is Verizon not even offering the full price option. I hate the idea of the 2 year contract, and would rather just pay the full cost to not have to deal with it. Hopefully Apple can do some arm twisting like they did with the iPad...

  • Re:Ok (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:21PM (#34837274)

    If it works for public policy on promoting wars, it'll work for a silly phone.

    Sadly, I think that you probably meant to say: If it works for public perception on phones, it'll work for a silly war.

  • Re:Ok (Score:5, Insightful)

    by I8TheWorm ( 645702 ) * on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:30PM (#34837380) Journal

    Which phone did you buy? My Galaxy S trumps my iPhone 3gs in every aspect (I never bothered to get an iPhone 4). I keep reading how sluggish Android is (note, not reality there... Android is an OS, iPhone is hardware) and have yet to see it on the Galaxy S, Incredible, and Blackflip.

    Honestly, I think people are either making it up or buying really low end hardware and allowing every app they've installed to run in the background.

  • by kimvette ( 919543 ) on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @01:46PM (#34837584) Homepage Journal

    Do better than that.

    Verizon will be allowing their iPhone to be a wifi hotspot (so it allows tethering) AND are offering unlimited plans.

    Demand the same from AT&T. I'm still on my unlimited plan but I cannot change ANYTHING else I will lose it; I can't change my phone number (which I want to do because clients keep calling me directly), I can't upgrade or downgrade minutes, add tethering, or change any other plan features or I will lose my unlimited data. I'm hoping AT&T will get a clue and bring back their unlimited plan and also allow the phone to be used as a wifi hotspot.

    Yes, I know you can tether via SSH (requires jailbreaking), but it's not the same and it is a bit of a pain.

    There is a huge down side to Verizon's iPhone though; it is CDMA so you won't get simultaneous voice and data. This means no surfing the web or checking email while waiting on hold with their customer disservice.

  • by s73v3r ( 963317 ) <> on Tuesday January 11, 2011 @02:33PM (#34838156)

    Presumably those who are already on Verizon have been aware of this limitation on their smartphones for a while, and have already adapted to it.

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