Think Verizon Wireless customers aren't jonesing for a "middle aged" iPhone 4 device, as Consumer Reports calls it? Think again. Despite the lack of any upgraded features -- and arguably a few CDMA-based downgrades -- it didn't even take a full day for Verizon to run out of pre-order stock. There will still be one more chance to avoid the in-store rush.
Good news for early Verizon iPhone 4 adopters. The wireless carrier isn't planning to axe its $30 unlimited data plan, at least not yet, Verizon's chief operating officer Lowell McAdam told investors.
In speaking with The Wall Street Journal, McAdam said, "I'm not going to shoot myself in the foot." Without a $30 unlimited plan, McAdam fears there would be a barrier for AT&T customers who want to switch over to Verizon. Even though new AT&T subscribers must choose from a tiered plan, there are still millions of customers grandfathered into unlimited plans, which could be a deciding factor if Verizon were to nix its own $30 data buffet.
Like all good things, though, this one won't last. McAdams said the unlimited offer is only temporary and that Verizon will ultimately switch to usage-based billing. Those who jump on the unlimited plan will get to keep it until they switch devices.
"For example, a customer purchases an iPhone 4 or Droid X along with the $29.99 data plan," a representative explained. "This person's contract expires February 10, 2013, but they love their device so much they never come in and purchase another device. They continue to pay us monthly and we continue to bill them for the exact same services. We don't change their plan. Now let's say in 2014, they want a new phone and they come in and purchase a new phone, then they subscribe to whatever service is offered at that time and pay that price."
By comparison, AT&T subscribers grandfathered into an unlimited plan are able to keep it even after upgrading their smartphone.
It was seven months ago to the day that Apple released the GSM version of its iPhone 4, which was supposed to be available in black and white trim. But for whatever reason, Apple hasn't been able to offer its customers the white version in all that time. That might be about to change.
Mac Rumors claims to have received a screenshot from an un-named source showing the white iPhone 4 SKU in Best Buy's database. This was initially reported as an inventory database screenie, but BGR says it's actually a snapshot of Best Buy's Employee Toolkit. The reason this matters is that in-stock dates, which the screenshot shows as February 27, 2011, usually don't represent the launch date.
In any event, it appears that the iPhone 4 in white digs will show up very soon, likely by the end of March.
It was always a safe bet that once Apple's iPhone 4 broke free from its exclusivity shackles and landed at Verizon, AT&T would lose a portion of its subscriber base as a result. Now we have some hard numbers to work with.
In a recent survey conducted by ChangeWave Research, 15 percent of AT&T's customers said they're ready to find greener grass on the other side within the next 90 days, Yahoo News reports. Incidentally, that's the exact same turnover rate indicated by by T-Mobile customers. Compare those figures with just 4 percent of Verizon customers who say they're eager to switch.
"Now that consumers have a choice of carriers to host their iPhones, AT&T is certain to see a decline is its quarterly Apple sales," said Alex Spektor of Strategy Analytics.
For its part, AT&T isn't overly concerned, or at least it's putting on a good poker face.
"There are lots of surveys out there, but what really matters is how people vote with their dollars," said Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesperson. "In the third quarter of 2010 we had 5.2 million iPhone activations, up from 3.2 million in the second quarter. If people thought the iPhone was coming to another carrier, which turned out to be the case, it might suggest people would wait, but that didn't happen. Those 5.2 million new customers reinforce our feeling that the effect of the loss of exclusivity has been greatly overstated."
To help stem the tide towards Verizon, AT&T will put more of its chips behind Android, particularly upcoming 4G devices like the dual-core Motorola Atrix 4G.
It finally happened, or at least it will on February 10, 2010. That's the day hordes of Verizon Wireless customers will power on their new CDMA iPhone 4, officially ending the exclusivity arrangement AT&T hammered out with Apple. As you can imagine, Verizon couldn't be happier, but where does that leave AT&T?
"We are ready for it," Ralph de la Vega, chief executive of AT&T's wireless business, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. "The short- and long-term viability of AT&T will be good whether we have exclusivity or not. We are much bigger than this."
Like everyone else, AT&T saw this day coming. When Apple released the iPhone 4, AT&T allowed any customer to upgrade who would be eligible sometime in 2010, locking them into brand new two-year contracts.
Even still, AT&T has received plenty of criticism for dropped calls and network quality in general. Perhaps the max exodus that's likely less than a month away will help ease network congestion, but if not, de la Vega's claims will be put to the test.
We can finally put the rumors and speculation to rest. Verizon Wireless and Apple have teamed up to offer the iPhone 4 on Verizon's network, and we can say this definitively not because of an anonymous source, but because we finally have an official joint announcement to work with.
"We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network," said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. "This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century."
Verizon will start selling iPhone 4 devices on Thursday, February 10 to the general public, while qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to put in their preorders online starting February 3.
Pricing starts at $200 for the 16GB version with a 2-year service agreement, while the 32GB model will run $300. AT&T customers making the switch won't be able to port their existing iPhone 4 over to Verizon, as it's not compatible with Verizon's network.
Verizon said it expects the iPhone 4 to be in high demand, and in the event that store stock runs low, customers can place an order in-store and have it shipped to them on a first come, first serve basis.
If you're a fan of Apple's latest iPhone and could care less about any lingering antennae woes, here's a reason to become a Sam's Club member. The warehouse retail chain has just dropped the 2-year price on the iPhone 4 to $147, setting a new log and checking in just below Radio Shack's $149 asking price for the 16GB model, Engadget reports.
The offer runs until Christmas day, so you don't have a ton of time to decide whether you really want an iPhone -- and AT&T -- or would rather entrench yourself in either the Android or Windows Phone 7 platforms.
Jonesing for a white iPhone 4? You're not alone, though for the most part, you are out of luck. Apple doesn't plan on selling the long delayed white version of its latest smartphone until Spring 2011, which is good news for Fei Lam, a 17-year-old high school student living in New York.
According to The New York Observer, Lam managed to make a connection with someone working at Foxconn, Apple's supplier of 137,000 iPhone 4 devices each day. Through that connection, Lam was able to scoop up some white iPhone 4 parts, which he then started selling through his website, WhiteiPhone4Now.com. To date, Lam has sold more than $130,000 worth of parts, and according to Lam, he's also drawn the attention of Apple.
"I got an email from a private investigator accusing me of selling stolen goods, which I'm 100 percent sure is not the case," Lam said. "They are some kind of anti-counterfeit/trademark firm, which sounds ridiculous, similar to what Apple is bringing up to remove White iPhone 4 listings on eBay. I don't know how this legal stuff works."
He may want to figure out "how this legal stuff works" fast. As The Observer points out, a 49-year-old woman in Kansas was recently found guilty of selling stolen goods on eBay, a federal offense on a number of levels, including conspiracy (up to five years and a fine up to $250,000), wire fraud (up to 20 years and up to $250,000), and mail fraud (up to 20 years and up to $250,000).
We're willing to wager you never once wondered which smartphone would grill faster, an iPhone 4, HTC Surround (Windows Phone 7), or T-Mobile G2 (Android). But now that we've brought it up, aren't you the least bit curious?
If so, check out EZGrill's 2 minute YouTube video below and you'll have your answer. And if not, watch it anyway if only for the groovy jingle that plays throughout.
It is only a matter of time before hackers find a way of running Android on iPad, especially considering the fact that it has already been accomplished on iPhone 3G, 2G and the original iPod touch. As the iPad is just an oversized iPhone/iPod Touch, it is a sitting duck for intrepid hackers like the folks responsible for the iDroid Project, whose stated goal is “to fully port the Linux kernel and the Google Android OS to Apple's iDevices” using the OpeniBoot bootloader. The iDroid Project team has indicated that they are very close to porting Android to the iPad and iPhone 4. They even posted a video (below) and a few images on Twitter to tease us.