After weeks of speculation and rumor, we finally have an official Motorola Xoom price. According to Reuters, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha has confirmed at Mobile World Congress that the Xoom would be priced at $799 for the 3G version on Verizon (no subsidy), and only $600 for the Wi-Fi only tablet. It's not a low as we might have hoped, but at least that $1200 Best Buy price turned out to be just a placeholder.
Verizon, which is sitting on top of the world today, didn't take kindly to Time Warner's advertising campaign pitching an "advanced fiber optic network." The National Advertising Review Board wasn't buying it either and has ordered Time Warner to stop referring to its network as "fiber optic," leaving Verizon as the sole major fiber provider to the home, Arstechnica reports. But if Time Warner's network isn't fiber optic, what is it?
A chart posted on phone retailer Wirefly's site today may have given us the last real piece of the Xperia Play puzzle, the carrier. The chart was comparing the Xperia Play to the Apple iPhone, and under carrier, it listed the Play as being available only on Verizon. We expect Sony Ericsson to give us the details on the upcoming Mobile World Congress.
As is the tradition these days, the new Verizon iPhone has been torn down by interested parties to see what makes it tick. There are a few minor differences. For instance, the vibration mechanism is different, the speaker housing has been tweaked, and it has a dual-mode GSM/CDMA radio. Wait, what? Indeed, the new iPhone has a Qualcomm Gobi MDM6600 chip capable of both CDMA2000 and HSPA+ data. It's certainly a sign of things to come, but it might not be of use to customers using the iPhone 4.
The initial response to the Verizon iPhone has been phenomenal to say the least. While the carrier’s CDMA iPhone 4 will come accompanied by a $30/month unlimited data plan, the company is expected to eventually switch to tiered plans. Yesterday, the company also revealed that it was going to introduce certain anti-data hogging measures. However, the carrier offered a clarification earlier today. Read on to find out how and when – if at all - the company plans to implement these anti-hogging safeguards.
As the Verizon iPhone gets ever closer to release, some survey results paint a frightening picture for the purveyors of othersmartphones on Big Red. In an online survey of 700 users of BlackBerry and Android users on Verizon, a total of 54% are considering to switch to the Verizon iPhone 4. By comparison, only 26% of AT&T customers in a similar survey planned to switch carriers for the handset. Hit the jump for the full breakdown.
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.
Boy Genius Report discovered a new memo (PDF) up on Verizon Wireless' website that's sure to ruffle a few feathers, particularly if you're one of the wireless carrier's heaviest data users. Here's the short and sweet of it:
"If you use an extraordinary amount of data and fall within the top 5 percent of Verizon Wireless data users we may reduce your data throughput speeds periodically for the remainder of your then current and immediately following billing cycle to ensure high quality network performance for other users at locations and times of peak demand," Verizon explains.
Many wondered how Verizon would handle the increased data demands that an influx of upcoming iPhone 4 subscribers would put on its network, and here's your answer, or at least one of them. The wireless carrier also said it's "implementing optimization and transcoding technologies" to help transmit data more efficiently. These techniques will include caching less data, using less capacity, and sizing the video more appropriately for the device, Verizon said.
Verizon is expected to launch the much anticipated HTC Thunderbolt 4G LTE phone in the coming weeks. Although there were some previous leaks indicating that the device might be capable of simultaneous voice and data, we were skeptical. CDMA networks running on EV-DO like Verizon have not traditionally been capable of this feat. But now Engadget is reporting that a new leaked document seems to confirm the Thunderbolt will have what is called SVDO (a modification of EV-DO). This would allow users to use voice and data at the same time on 3G.
There is, however, a catch. The internal memo also indicates that the "experience will not be one that is consistent with our brand." We take that to mean it won't work particularly well. Perhaps data speeds are greatly reduced, or there is voice drop out. As a result, Verizon is instructing employees to not discuss the feature with buyers. The document is dated today, so if real, the information is fresh. Do you buy it?
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.