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Verizon, 4G LTE and the iPhone

Just a few short years ago AT&T had the iPhone on the fastest 3G network and Verizon had, well, a line-up of forgettable devices. There was not a Droid in sight in Verizon’s range, let alone an iPhone, and the idea of a superfast LTE rollout was a pipe dream.

Fast forward to 2011 and the tables have well and truly turned. At CES Verizon kicked it out of the park with some well endowed smartphone and tablet devices, along with amazing LTE speeds and it looks like the carrier may announce tomorrow that it will start selling the iPhone.

It could be a fantastic year for Verizon. LTE really is barnstormingly fast and if a CDMA iPhone does get announced tomorrow I think it makes sense for one simple, but not immediately apparent, reason.

We all know that AT&T’s network suffered badly when the iPhone came along, due to the amount of data its users were consuming. Specifically AT&T called out a small percentage of data intensive users who were proportionately pulling far more data than other consumers. So we would expect the same thing to happen to Verizon, right?

I don’t think so, and not because Verizon’s network is impervious. Rather, I expect many of the more demanding data consumers will trade up to Verizon’s new LTE network because the speeds are so much faster. This migration would free up significant capacity on the carrier’s CDMA network, allowing space for iPhone users to pull data at good speeds.

So if Verizon does announce a CDMA iPhone tomorrow, I think the arrival of LTE has given Verizon the confidence to do so.

Neil Berman

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Jan 10, 2011 Posted by | Analysis, Apple, Mobile | , , , , | Leave a comment

Verizon Motorola Droid X makes TV appearance

Droid X Verizon 1Can’t wait ’til July 15 to see the Droid X?  Well aren’t you lucky because here are some screen grabs from the Verizon “Rile The Air” commercial that aired tonight.  The images on the screen of this Droid X were simulated, but you get a great sense of how big that expansive widescreen of Motorola and Verizon’s latest Android smartphone really is.  Can’t wait.

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Jun 28, 2010 Posted by | Hardware, Mobile | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

theFREEbutton: Verizon Palm Pre Plus & Pixi Plus hotspot now free

Mobile phone tethering is such a wonderful thing, but oh so naughty unless you’re laying out cash monthly for a tethering plan.  The idea is that your smartphone gets a fast data connection and the civil thing to do with all that juicy data is to feed your laptop with it in, say, Central Park on a sunny afternoon.  That privilege typically comes at a monthly premium of $40-60, and in the case of Verizon’s Palm Pre Plus or Pixi Plus allows owners to turn their phone into a mobile WiFi hotspot for a limited number of nearby devices.

What I’m about to say is not an April Fool, honest!  The hotspot feature on the Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus on Verizon is now free to existing and new subscribers.  Free tethering!  For multiple devices!  Low data users (or cheapskates) could probably get away with cancelling their home Internet connection and just use this to provide their data.  Just don’t expect to stream YouTube and Hulu using the Pre or Pixi as a hotspot, they might be on Verizon’s quality network but it’s still only 3G speeds.

So as the storm clouds gather over Palm HQ, will this convince you to become a switcher?

Neil Berman

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Apr 1, 2010 Posted by | Mobile, News | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sprint & Verizon 4G mobile broadband vs iPad 3G

Sprint and Verizon’s marketing aimed at getting iPhone and iPad owners to buy their mobile data plans might not be as wacky as it seems.  The idea of asking us to splurge an extra $59.99 monthly for more mobile data appears to be a wild idea, until you do the iPad math…so let’s do it:

The iPad 3G + AT&T scenario provides one connected device for $29.99 per month at an initial premium of $130 over the WiFi only iPad.

Using Sprint as the competing provider, the offering is multiple connected devices for $59.99 per month and an initial premium of $99.99 for the Sprint Overdrive WiMAX 4G/3G hotspot.

Seems like an easy decision in favor of the iPad 3G option? Perhaps, until you consider that in many US cities the Sprint Overdrive offers up to 6MB download connection speed with unlimited 4G WiMAX usage on up to five devices. That’s fast enough to supplant a home broadband connection for many people.

The average US home broadband cost as of April 2009 is $39 per month. So using the Overdrive in a 4G WiMAX covered city and canceling a home internet connection suddenly has an effective average monthly cost of $20.99. That’s $9 cheaper than an iPad 3G data plan, which of course only provides connectivity to one device and only at 3G speed.

Sprint is aggressively rolling its 4G WiMAX service within the US and its pricing includes unlimited usage, unlike most 3G mobile broadband plans which are capped at 5GB per month. Verizon is busily working on its faster 4G LTE deployment, with no pricing or caps announced as yet.  This may logically become the standard connection method for many consumers or the coming years, just as cellphones have replaced landline phone connections.

Neil Berman

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Mar 24, 2010 Posted by | Analysis, Apple, Computing, Mobile, Video Features | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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