Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th Jan 2011 16:45 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless While everybody outside of the US has been able to mix and match iPhone and wireless operator, the iPhone was still tied to a single carrier in the US. Today, Verizon and Apple announced the much-hyped Verizon iPhone 4. While the rest of the world collectively yawns, this is good news for American consumers, since there will be more competition, and thus, more choice. Edit: Eh, the other way around. First choice, then competition.
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Heh
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 11th Jan 2011 17:09 UTC
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

I have to say, I thoroughly enjoy the coverage of this. Summarised:

"VERIZON IPHONE FIRST HANDS-ON! IT IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS EVERY OTHER IPHONE 4! EXCEPT IT CAN'T CALL AND RECEIVE DATA AT THE SAME TIME! WE ARE SO EXCITED!"

"AT&T IPHONE 4 VS. VERIZON IPHONE 4: WHAT'S CHANGED? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING."

I didn't even have to change this one:

"VERIZON'S IPHONE 4 HAS A CDMA-SPECIFIC ANTENNA, NO OTHER CHANGES MADE."

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RE: Heh
by Kroc on Tue 11th Jan 2011 17:13 in reply to "Heh"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

As I said it: "STOP THE PRESSES: America has released a phone that can work on _two_, count them, two networks. What a marvel of cooperation."

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RE[2]: Heh
by Stratoukos on Tue 11th Jan 2011 19:29 in reply to "RE: Heh"
Stratoukos Member since:
2009-02-11

Are you kidding me?

They doubled the number of supported networks overnight.

Your move Europe.

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RE: Heh
by Neolander on Tue 11th Jan 2011 17:17 in reply to "Heh"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, something big is happening you know...

No longer will Apple fanatics be able to invoke arguments of the form "Well, iOS's market share is doing pretty well when you consider that only one carrier in the US is selling one single device featuring it".

That's HUGE !!!

(Well, in practice they'll just truncate the sentence to "iOS's market share is doing pretty well considering that only one device is featuring it", but we can dream right ?)

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RE[2]: Heh
by MysterMask on Tue 11th Jan 2011 23:57 in reply to "RE: Heh"
MysterMask Member since:
2005-07-12

Nice to see non Apple fanatics so fanatically comment about Apple.

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RE[2]: Heh
by polaris20 on Wed 12th Jan 2011 00:01 in reply to "RE: Heh"
polaris20 Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't really care what the market share is of the phone I use, nor the computer I use. I've never quite figured out why anyone else outside of market analysts and the companies themselves would care either.

Does it make you feel better knowing a lot of people use the same phone as you?

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RE: Heh
by fretinator on Tue 11th Jan 2011 18:57 in reply to "Heh"
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

What they should have done is released it in a special color. That seemed to work with iPods. I'm thinking Charteuse would have been good. Also, it should have just had one big button for dialing. Also, they could have advertised it as the "iCanHearYouNow" phone.

I'm switching to marketing!

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RE: Heh
by Carewolf on Wed 12th Jan 2011 00:18 in reply to "Heh"
Carewolf Member since:
2005-09-08

CDMA-specific antenna doesn't even make sense. UMTS (3G) is also CDMA-based. It sounds more like a new revision of the iPhone4, this time with the general antenna bug fixed.

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