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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Verizon this morning announced it’s much anticipated share plan and it has gone all out with this package. Taking the standard minutes and texting aspect of a family plan and making them unlimited, Verizon adds bandwidth sharing to the deal. Ranging from 1 GB all the way up to 10 GB, you will be able to share unlimited minutes, unlimited text (SMS and MMS), and data up to 10 devices. It even throughs in Hotspot sharing to the package! Now before you get all excited and think you’re going to save mass amount of money, the truth is, it looks like it comes down to more like a ten or twenty dollar savings. Savings just the same and you can share data between your smartphone, wife’s phone, kid’s phone, and even your tablet! If you have a single data hog in the family, this will give them more for less in the end.

Now let’s see how long it takes others to follow suit.

 

VERIZON WIRELESS UNVEILS NEW SHARE EVERYTHING PLANS FOR BASIC PHONES, SMARTPHONES, TABLETS AND MORE

 

Share Data with up to 10 Verizon Wireless Devices; Unlimited Minutes, Unlimited Messages and Mobile Hotspot Included in All Smartphone Plans

 

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless today announced Share Everything Plans that will forever change the way customers purchase wireless services.  Share Everything Plans include unlimited voice minutes, unlimited text, video and picture messaging and a single data allowance for up to 10 Verizon Wireless devices.  In addition, the Mobile Hotspot service on all the devices is included in the Share Everything Plans at no additional charge.  The groundbreaking Share Everything Plans debut on June 28 and will be available to new, as well as existing, customers who may wish to move to the new plans.

 

“Customers asked, and today Verizon Wireless delivered an industry first,” said Tami Erwin, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Share Everything Plans are the new standard for wireless service.  They are simple; customers no longer have to think about their voice and message plans, because both are unlimited.  Share Everything Plans are convenient; customers purchase one data plan and they share it with up to 10 mobile devices.  And, they are worry-free; customers can connect their 3G or 4G devices wherever and whenever they want on America’s most reliable network.”

 

How Share Everything Plans Work

 

To get started on a Share Everything Plan, customers first select the devices they want on their accounts.  The next step is to choose a plan that includes unlimited minutes, unlimited messages and a shared data allowance that begins at 1 GB for $50.  Customers adding a tablet on their Share Everything Plans can do so for an additional $10, with no long-term contract requirement. The following matrix shows pricing for an account with several different devices, such as a smartphone, a tablet and a basic phone, billed to the same individual.

 

Step 1 Step 2
Monthly Line Access

(per device)

Shared

Minutes

Shared

Messages

Shared

Data

Monthly Account Access

(shared with up to   10 devices)

 

Smartphones – $40

Basic Phone – $30

Jetpacks/USBs/

Notebooks/Netbooks – $20

Tablets – $10

Unlimited Unlimited 1 GB $50
Unlimited Unlimited 2 GB $60
Unlimited Unlimited 4 GB $70
Unlimited Unlimited 6 GB $80
Unlimited Unlimited 8 GB $90
Unlimited Unlimited 10 GB $100

 

There are separate plans for accounts with only basic phones, or data only devices such as USB modems or Jetpack Mobile Hotspots at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.

 

“When developing these plans, we first asked customers what they wanted in a wireless service plan.  We also looked at the technology and how customers were using it to manage their lives.  And last, we took into consideration the evolution of the technology and how customers would use wireless in the future,” Erwin added.  “Share Everything Plans are the outcome of that research.  They cover every device Verizon Wireless offers, from basic phones to smartphones, from tablets to Jetpacks and more.  Share Everything Plans represent a tremendous shift in how customers think about wireless service.”

 

Switch to a Share Everything Plan

 

Customers are free to keep their existing plans, but there is no fee or contract extension to move to the new Share Everything Plans.  To help customers determine the best Share Everything Plan option, Verizon Wireless has created an easy to use online tool at www.verizonwireless.com/ShareEverything.

 

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

 



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

verizon.jpgVerizon continues to bring faster broadband to the masses through both mobile phones and to homes through it’s new HomeFusion service. As AT&T and T-Mobile like to call old technology 4G and Sprint struggles to shed its poor decision of WiMaxx, Verizon comes closer to becoming the only truly nation-wide LTE provider.

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VERIZON WIRELESS BRINGS THE SPEED OF ITS 4G LTE NETWORK TO 28 NEW MARKETS AND EXPANDS IN 11 MARKETS ON MAY 17

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, owner of the nation’s largest 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, today announced that it will bring the speed and capabilities of its 4G LTE network to 28 new markets and will expand the network in 11 additional markets on May 17. With the new and expanded markets, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States, covering more than two-thirds of the U.S. population.

In the next seven months, Verizon Wireless will bring its 4G LTE network to more than 140 new markets across the United States. By the end of 2012, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available to customers in more than 400 markets, spanning 49 states.

“We continue to move forward with strengthening and expanding our 4G LTE network to offer customers the highest quality of wireless experience in the United States,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Through steady investment in our network and continued collaboration with our partners, we are furthering the creation of innovative new products and solutions that are propelling our customers and our company into the future of mobile broadband communications.”

On Thursday, May 17, Verizon Wireless will introduce its 4G LTE network in Houma/Thibodaux and Lake Charles, La.; Hyannis/Mid-Cape, Mass.; Benton Harbor/St. Joseph, Mich.; Biloxi/Gulfport/Pascagoula and Oxford, Miss.; Atlantic City/Toms River, N.J.; Dickinson and Williston, N.D.; Ashtabula, Bucyrus and Defiance, Ohio; Eugene/Springfield, Ore.; Lancaster, New Castle, Northern Cambria County, Oil City/Franklin, Somerset and York, Pa.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Mitchell, S.D.; Paris, Texas; Burlington/Northern, Vt.; Fredericksburg, Harrisonburg, Martinsville and Staunton/Waynesboro, Va.; and Sheridan, Wyo.

The company will also expand its 4G LTE network in Denver, Colo.; Dover, Del.; Fort Myers and Lakeland, Fla.; Hagerstown, Md.; Canton, Lima, Mansfield, Toledo and Youngstown/Warren, Ohio; and Erie, Pa.

4G LTE Devices, Solutions and Plans

Verizon Wireless offers the largest selection of 4G LTE devices, ranging from tablets, mobile hotspots, smartphones and more. The recently announced DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE by HTC, available in the coming weeks, enhances the customer experience through high-quality photo and audio capabilities. The blue DROID RAZR™ by Motorola will also be available in stores and online beginning May 17. With the expansion of the company’s network, more people across the United States will be able to take advantage of the LTE speeds offered by the nation’s fastest 4G network, enabling them to communicate faster and easier with family, friends and colleagues.

Verizon Wireless also recently introduced HomeFusion℠ Broadband, a solution that leverages the power and speed of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network to deliver high-speed, in-home Internet access for residential broadband, particularly in areas where Internet options are limited or are not currently available.

Details on available devices can be found at www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE and information on plans and pricing is available at www.verizonwireless.com/plans.

4G LTE Speed

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of 4G LTE coverage areas, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, where available, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable high-speed data network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area or when they travel to areas already covered by Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

4G LTE Markets

On May 17, the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network will be available in 258 markets across the United States. Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for a full list of 4G LTE markets and additional information on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. For street-level detail of coverage and more please visit www.verizonwireless.com/4GLTE.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 93.0 million retail customers, including 88.0 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 80,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.



Monday, March 26, 2012

LTE Pricing for iPad

Now that LTE has landed onto the iPad, true broadband has finally arrived to the most popular tablet on the market. It didn’t take long, however, for many to find out that the new Retina display could also be a negative feature to the new lightening fast third-generation iPad. With the new high-definition screen came the ability to view HD video. More detail means more bytes which means less time. The Wall Street Journal reported that Brandon Wells picked up his iPad on a Friday and proceeded to stream March Madness the next day. In just two hours, he had reached the limit of his plan. Wells $30 plan gave him 2GB of data. To continue watching on his iPad without the aide of Wi-Fi, Wells would have to paid an additional $10 per 1 GB. Naturally Verizon refused to comment on Wells quick evaporation of his broadband allotment but suggested he simply pay for a more expensive plan that would have given a little more than two hours of additional viewing pleasure. It also suggested he use Wi-Fi when possible. What’s the point of LTE then?

Jason Perlow over at ZDNet touches on this new problem and reminds his readers that he warned of this very issue a year ago in late 2010. Perlow points out that when Netflix supports HD with its pending updated app, things will only become worse. He does a very good job of explaining the issue at hand and why the new iPad eats up so much more data than the previous versions.

While Android tablets and smartphones have been riding the LTE wave for over six months on the Verizon network, their small numbers in sales have put little stress on Big Red or much attention to those running out of broadband quickly. Further, Android tablets do not have any HD content to pull out of the cloud as does the iPad. But now, everything’s about to change.

Apple sold an astonishing 3 million iPads opening weekend. That’s 1 million iPads a day. Essentially, Apple sold more third-generation iPads in a few hours than all Android tablets sold in 2010. This sets the stage for a large pool of LTE users who will first become unpleasantly surprised like Wells and then brew up some anger. The majority of users will opt for the $30 per month plan and may up to the $50 plan to garner some more streaming time. Unfortunately, this will only give users a bit more than twice of what they originally had and without changing their viewing habits, this will not even get them past a weekend without running out “time”. Overage fees will surely take a, um, byte out of many pocket books and its sure to stir up some frustration.

Personally, I think the most interesting development from all of this is how Verizon basically bragged about how LTE would allow it to do data better for less when it began rolling out LTE in early 2010. Why? Because 3G networks and its predecessors were designed for voice, not data. With “4G”, things would be much better due to the fact that it was made specifically for data. Yet little change in cost of plans or amount of data – if any – were seen. Instead Verizon and AT&Ts greed and oligopoly give them full reign to continue in this fashion.

So what can be done? Regulation could occur as is the knee-jerk reaction from public out cry. There could be a consumer revolt causing a campaign of users to come together and force change from the carriers. The third and least likely answer would be competition. Between T-Mobile and Sprint on near extinction, it’s only a matter of time for AT&T to figure out how to acquire one of them the second time around with Verizon getting the left over. The other alternative is to simply not purchase an LTE version of the iPad but with Wi-Fi not as widespread as cellular connections, that choice isn’t a good one.

I think we will see pressure from services such as Netflix, Google (YouTube), and other providers that will be effected on its bottom line. It may be a few years before real pressure occurs but with the new iPad, this time table may be sped up. We’ve already seen big names such as Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings make complaint about data caps which is just the beginning. More will become vocal in the coming years if not months. Really, it will be these people that will be our advocates for more broadband on our iPads and other devices for less cost.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Looking for a Windows 7 phone? Wanna have Nokia for the hardware? Well, this January 11th you can have both! T-Mobile will be bringing to our grand shores of the US of A the Lumia 710. Available in either white or black, the Lumia 710 will run on T-Mobile’s “4G” network (we really need to agree on what 4G is folks,) which will allow you to take advantage of the one-click apps such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV, Bing Search with voice activation, ESPN, and Nokia Drive, the GPS offering from Nokia. Read the release below for more deets.

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BELLEVUE, Wash., and SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Dec. 14, 2011 — T-Mobile USA, Inc. and Nokia today announced the upcoming availability of the Nokia Lumia 710, the first Windows Phone from Nokia in the United States. Targeted at the nearly 150 million Americans who haven’t purchased their first smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710, capable of running on T-Mobile’s 4G network, delivers high-performance hardware, Nokia’s best social and Internet experience, and access to popular smartphone applications and services from Windows Phone Marketplace.

Running on America’s Largest 4G Network™, the Nokia Lumia 710 benefits from the unique people-first approach of Windows Phone, bringing together all interactions with family and friends in People Hub. The Nokia Lumia 710 also provides one-click access to popular services, such as Netflix, T-Mobile TV with mobile HD1 and a leading mobile Web experience with Internet Explorer® Mobile, Bing™ Search with voice activation and Local Scout for locally relevant search results. The smartphone also brings access to signature Nokia experiences, such as Nokia Drive for voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation and ESPN for exclusive sports content.

“We’re excited to team with Nokia in bringing its first Windows Phone to the U.S. with the elegantly designed Nokia Lumia 710,” said Cole Brodman, chief marketing officer, T-Mobile USA. “Windows Phone offers a compelling mobile OS choice for people who want a smartphone built around them, their family and friends. We expect it to play a more prominent role in our lineup and marketing efforts in 2012.”

Today, people are increasingly upgrading to smartphones, and many are doing so for the first time. According to the NPD Group, U.S. smartphone sales reached 59 percent in the third quarter 2011, an increase of 13 percent since third quarter 2010. With an increasing demand for smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 710 offers a compelling experience aimed at addressing the needs of the nearly 150 million people in the U.S. who have yet to upgrade to their first smartphones.

“Our research shows nearly everybody in the U.S. wants a smartphone, but many believe they can’t afford it,” Brodman said. “That’s where T-Mobile shines. Our Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans make it more affordable than ever to step up to mobile data on our 4G network.”

”The Nokia Lumia 710 is the perfect first-time smartphone: a well-designed product that delivers the most compelling Windows Phone experience in its price range and with access to great content and thousands of applications,” said Chris Weber, president, Nokia Americas. “This is the perfect first Nokia Lumia experience and the start of our re-entry into the U.S. smartphone market.”

Available in a black or white finish, the Nokia Lumia 710 features a 3.7-inch ClearBlack WVGA scratch-resistant display for outstanding outdoor viewing and a Qualcomm 1.4 GHz Snapdragon™ processor providing speedy access to entertainment and information on-the-go. It also features a 5-megapixel camera with Nokia’s leading camera technology, enabling people to take pictures in almost any light condition and share on social networks in seconds. With the most integrated work-life solution of any mobile platform via the Windows Phone Office Hub and an interactive mobile gaming experience via Xbox LIVE®, the Nokia Lumia 710 is the complete all-round first-time smartphone experience.

Availability
The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to be available at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and retailers nationwide, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com starting Jan. 11. The Nokia Lumia 710 is expected to cost $49.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan. For more information, visit http://www.t-mobile.com/lumia.

For more information on T-Mobile’s Unlimited Value and Monthly4G plans, see: http://family.t-mobile.com/phone-plans.

1 Mobile HD TV can deliver a bit rate of 800kbps and 16:9 resolution; the bit rate and resolution you experience will vary based on many factors, e.g., programming, network connection and device.



Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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Don’t fret Android users looking to be as cool as iPhone users with their cool white units. Tomorrow, Motorola releases to the Android Army a new color: white. Not fully white like the iPhone 4 and 4S but rather white like the 3GS white. As you can see by the image here, the white border outlines the RAZR most have been already impressed and wooed by. There is not much info on just how white this baby is so I guess you’ll have to wait until tomorrow. Enjoy the press release and its marketing babble below.

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Just in time for the holidays, the DROID RAZR™ by Motorola in White will be available on Dec. 15 at Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. Customers can purchase the DROID RAZR in the new color for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement. Additionally, for a limited time only, customers can take advantage of a special promotion and receive $100 off a DROID XYBOARD tablet with the purchase of a white DROID RAZR with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers that purchase a DROID RAZR will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

The DROID RAZR not only shreds through the Web at blazing 4G LTE speeds, it does it in style with a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Advanced display, measuring 7.1 mm thin. The DROID RAZR is also packed with brains and security giving customers apps like MotoCast™ and features like remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email, calendar and contacts.

Customers can visit www.droiddoes.com/razr for information about the DROID RAZR. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Verizon continues to rapidly deploy it’s LTE network across the nation with more lighting up tomorrow. While AT&T talks about plans to go LTE, Sprint hopes to have it by next year, and T-Mobile squeezes the last bits out of HSPDA, Verizon brings true broadband speeds to laptops, smartphones, and tablets through the nation. My disappointment lay not in the network but rather the pricing of the data which isn’t a Verizon only issue. In the end, however, if you need quick, reliable, and a mass available way to cruise the Internet when on the road, this is your ticket.

Find your city and more details in the press release below.

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THE NATION’S LARGEST 4G LTE NETWORK COMES TO 14 NEW MARKETS AND EXPANDS IN FOUR MARKETS ON NOV. 17

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Verizon Wireless, named the nation’s “Fastest 4G Network Yet” by Popular Science’s 2011 Best of What’s New Awards, and No. 1 on PC World’s 100 Best Products of 2011, is turning on its 4G LTE network in 14 new markets and expanding in four markets on Nov. 17, bringing its blazingly fast speeds to 179 markets across the United States. Consumers and businesses in these areas can choose from 16 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new HTC Rezound™ and DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, to connect to the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the country.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Starkville, Miss.; Kansas City and Springfield/Branson, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence, R.I.; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and Pittsburgh, Pa.

“In less than a year we have introduced our 4G LTE network to 179 markets across the country, covering more than 186 million Americans,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “We are honored to receive recognition from Popular Science and PC World, acknowledging our technology leadership within the wireless industry. The awards validate our strategy of building and selling services powered by our vast 4G LTE network over the last year, when others in the industry are still formulating their plans.”

4G LTE Speed and Coverage

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their area.

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the largest 4G LTE network in the country and the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. The company’s consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has also worked to bring its 4G LTE network beyond major cities with its LTE in Rural America program. The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles. These companies include: Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S and R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular.

4G LTE Markets

On Nov. 17, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 179 markets:

· Birmingham, Ala.
· Decatur, Ala.
· Huntsville, Ala.
· Mobile, Ala.
· Montgomery, Ala.
· Phoenix, Ariz.
· Tucson, Ariz.
· Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
· Fort Smith, Ark.
· Jonesboro/Paragould, Ark.
· Little Rock, Ark.
· Bakersfield, Calif.
· Fresno, Calif.
· Los Angeles, Calif.
· Modesto, Calif.
· Oakland, Calif.
· Sacramento, Calif.
· Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
· San Diego, Calif.
· San Francisco, Calif.
· San Jose, Calif.
· San Luis Obispo, Calif.
· Santa Barbara, Calif.
· Stockton, Calif.
· Colorado Springs, Colo.
· Denver, Colo.
· Fort Collins, Colo.
· Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
· Hartford, Conn.
· Washington, D.C.
· Daytona, Fla.
· Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
· Ft. Myers, Fla.
· Gainesville, Fla.
· Jacksonville, Fla.
· Lakeland, Fla.
· Miami, Fla.
· Orlando, Fla.
· Pensacola, Fla.
· Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
· Tallahassee, Fla.
· Tampa, Fla.
· West Palm Beach, Fla.
· Athens, Ga.
· Atlanta, Ga.
· Augusta, Ga.
· Savannah, Ga.
· Hilo, Hawaii
· Honolulu, Hawaii
· Kahului/Wailuku, Hawaii
· Lahaina, Hawaii
· Boise, Idaho
· Bloomington, Ill.
· Carbondale, Ill.
· Champaign/Urbana, Ill.
· Chicago, Ill.
· Rockford, Ill.
· Springfield, Ill.
· The Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
· Bloomington/Bedford, Ind.
· Elkhart, Ind.
· Evansville, Ind.
· Fort Wayne, Ind.
· Indianapolis, Ind.
· South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.
· Terre Haute, Ind.
· West Lafayette, Ind.
· Cedar Rapids, Iowa
· Des Moines, Iowa
· Iowa City, Iowa
· Sioux City, Iowa
· Wichita, Kan.
· Lexington, Ky.
· Louisville, Ky.
· Baton Rouge, La.
· Hammond, La.
· New Orleans, La.
· Shreveport, La.
· Baltimore, Md.
· Frederick, Md.
· Hagerstown, Md.
· Boston, Mass.
· Springfield, Mass.
· Worcester, Mass.
· Detroit, Mich.
· Flint, Mich.
· Grand Rapids, Mich.
· Kalamazoo, Mich.
· Lansing, Mich.
· Saginaw, Mich.
· Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
· Starkville, Miss.
· Tupelo, Miss.
· Kansas City, Mo.
· Springfield/Branson, Mo.
· St. Louis, Mo.
· Lincoln, Neb.
· Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.
· Las Vegas, Nev.
· Reno, Nev.
· Albuquerque, N.M.
· Las Cruces, N.M.
· Santa Fe, N.M.
· Albany, N.Y.
· Buffalo, N.Y.
· Ithaca, N.Y.
· New York, N.Y.
· Orange County, N.Y.
· Rochester, N.Y.
· Syracuse, N.Y.
· Asheville, N.C.
· Charlotte, N.C.
· Fayetteville/Lumberton, N.C.
· Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, N.C.
· Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
· Wilmington, N.C.
· Fargo, N.D.
· Akron, Ohio
· Canton, Ohio
· Cincinnati, Ohio
· Cleveland, Ohio
· Columbus, Ohio
· Dayton, Ohio
· Lima, Ohio
· Mansfield, Ohio
· Toledo, Ohio
· Bartlesville, Okla.
· Oklahoma City, Okla.
· Tulsa, Okla.
· Portland, Ore.
· Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
· Altoona, Pa.
· Erie, Pa.
· Harrisburg, Pa.
· Johnstown, Pa.
· Philadelphia, Pa.
· Pittsburgh, Pa.
· State College, Pa.
· Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.
· Greater Providence, R.I.
· Charleston, S.C.
· Columbia, S.C.
· Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.
· Hilton Head, S.C.
· Rapid City, S.D.
· Sioux Falls, S.D.
· Chattanooga, Tenn.
· Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.
· Cleveland, Tenn.
· Dyersburg/Union City, Tenn.
· Jackson, Tenn.
· Knoxville, Tenn.
· Martin, Tenn.
· Memphis, Tenn.
· Nashville, Tenn.
· Austin, Texas
· Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
· Bryan/College Station, Texas
· Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas
· El Paso, Texas
· Houston, Texas
· San Antonio, Texas
· Temple/Killeen, Texas
· Wichita Falls, Texas
· Provo, Utah
· Salt Lake City, Utah
· Greater Hampton Roads, Va.
· Richmond, Va.
· Roanoke, Va.
· The Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
· Olympia, Wash.
· Seattle, Wash.
· Spokane, Wash.
· Tacoma, Wash.
· Charleston, W.Va.
· Appleton/Oshkosh, Wis.
· Green Bay, Wis.
· Madison, Wis.
· Milwaukee, Wis.

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.



Wednesday, November 2, 2011

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If you’re in the market for a new Blackberry phone and are either on or would like to be on the T-Mobile network, then you may wish to look at the upcoming BlackBerry Torch 9810 running on the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system. Packed with a 1.2 GHz processor, 3.2-inch TFT VGA touch-screen, and a 5-megapixel camera, the BlackBerry faithfuls will be happy to also find a slide-out keyboard. You can pre-order your Torch today from T-Mobile for $249.99 with a $50 mail-in-rebate with a two-year contract.

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Today, T-Mobile announced the upcoming availability of the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9810, the latest 4G BlackBerry smartphone to join America’s Largest 4G Network™. Powered by the latest BlackBerry 7 operating system and a 1.2 GHz processor, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 provides a fast and fluid premium smartphone experience. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 combines a brilliant 3.2-inch TFT VGA capacitive touch-screen display with a full QWERTY slide-out keyboard for a truly efficient and intuitive mobile communications experience.

Encased in a sleek and stylish form factor with a zinc grey color finish, the BlackBerry Torch 9810 is equipped with essential smartphone features, including access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger), personal and corporate e-mail, and social networking applications; a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording; and access to BlackBerry App World™ for downloading premium applications and games.

The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to be available in an exclusive pre-sale for T-Mobile business customers beginning today, November 2. The smartphone is expected to be available nationwide at T-Mobile retail stores, select dealers and national retailers, and online at http://www.t-mobile.com starting November 9. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 is expected to cost $249.99 after a $50 mail-in-rebate card, with a two-year service agreement and qualifying Classic voice and data plan.



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

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On the heals of Apple’s record breaking weekend of a reported 4 million iPhone 4Ses sold, Verizon and Motorola today revived the RAZR name and brought it to the Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread, powered device. Don’t let the name fool you, unlike its predecessor, this does not look razor thin but thankfully Motorola didn’t slice out features as this is packed with them. Putting an HD camera both in the front and rear, 8-megapixel on its backside, 1 GB or RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot ready, and an 1780 mAh battery for longer life, the Droid RAZR is impressive. Lack luster is the storage with only 16 GB internal and expandable via the microSD to another 16 GB makes the fractured storage less desirable than that of the iPhone 4S internal one-stop storage.

Get the full details below for more information on this $299 device that Motorola hopes to challenge the iPhone 4S with this Christmas.

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Today, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless announced DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. A true marvel of design, this smartphone packs strength and smarts into a stylish package offered exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Measuring 7.1 mm thin, made with KEVLAR® fiber for strength and Corning® Gorilla® Glass for scratch resistance, the DROID RAZR is ready to face the elements. Speed limits are just an illusion with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. DROID RAZR customers can expect to rip through the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

“DROID RAZR by Motorola combines style, performance and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network into one innovative device,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “These are two iconic brands that separately symbolize the best technology available today. The combination will provide an unsurpassed wireless experience for customers.”

“DROID RAZR by Motorola is a testament to the innovation and design possibilities that stem from a strong partnership between Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless,” said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “We set out to design the best smartphone on the planet and delivered DROID RAZR which is thinner, smarter, stronger than any device on the market.”

Not only does DROID RAZR by Motorola deliver heart-pounding speed, but it has a mind-bending 4.3-inch hyper-vibrant display with more colors than most LCD HDTVs. The Super AMOLED™ Advanced display with qHD resolution dishes out beautiful images and smooth action so on-the-go movies and TV shows aren’t a blur, whether customers stream from Netflix™ or rent from Android Market™. It’s the first smartphone capable of streaming movies and TV shows through Netflix with up to HD resolution.

DROID RAZR customers can take advantage of the Super AMOLED Advanced display and 4G LTE speeds to stream videos with NFL Mobile, only from Verizon. Fans can stay up to date on news, schedules and scores from their favorite teams on the go. NFL Mobile is included at no additional charge for 4G LTE customers for the remainder of the 2011 season.

If cutting-edge visuals are its beauty, apps on DROID RAZR are its brains. Enter MotoCast™, the free Motorola app that lets you stream or download your music, pictures and more from your PC to your phone. The Smart Actions app helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level. The revolutionary webtop application allows customers to combine the device with separately sold accessories, like the Lapdock™ 100 or HD Station, unleashing the power to edit documents and browse the Web with a full Firefox® browser on a larger screen – all while charging the device.

Additional features:
· Powered by Android™ 2.3.5, Gingerbread
· 1 GB RAM for a fast user interface and multi-tasking
· 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology for crisp and clear videos
· Front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
· 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable so customers can share 4G LTE speed with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
· Water repellent nanocoating protects the phone, and even the inside components, against everyday spills
· Remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email, calendar and contacts as well as voice and video chat conferencing
· Use Quickoffice® to view, create and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your mobile device from anywhere at anytime
· Bluetooth 4.0 low energy
· 32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
· Powerful 1780 mAh battery

The DROID RAZR will be available in early November for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at: www.verizonwireless.com; as well as at authorized retailers. Customers can visit www.droiddoes.com/droidrazr to pre-order DROID RAZR beginning on October 27. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. DROID is a trademark of Lucasfilm Ltd. and its related companies. Used under license. Android Market is a trademark of Google, Inc. KEVLAR(R) is a registered trademark of DuPont used under license by Motorola Mobility, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2011 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.



Monday, October 10, 2011
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In the midst of Sprint realizing WiMax wasn’t the way to expand into the future and it finally embracomh LTE and AT&T having given only four lucky cities the blazing fast data option, Verizon continues to steam roll out its self-proclaimed 4G network. Next Thursday, even more cities will be getting lit up with the super fast download and uploads of LTE for equipped phones and hotspots. Verizon’s plans to have most of the US metro areas on LTE by years-end is looking to be a no-brainer and most of the nation by next summer makes Sprint and AT&T look, well, like Sprint and AT&T.

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and SAN DIEGO – Verizon Wireless announced today at CTIA Enterprise and Applications™ 2011 that its 4G LTE network will be available in 178 markets by Nov. 17. The leader in mobile broadband will turn on its 4G LTE network in 22 new cities and expand the network in four cities on Oct. 20, and will turn on the 4G LTE network in 13 cities and expand in five cities on Nov. 17, making the largest 4G LTE network in the county even bigger.

Consumers and businesses in these cities will be able to access the blazingly fast speeds of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network with any of Verizon Wireless’ 13 4G LTE-enabled devices, including the new Pantech Breakout™ and DROID BIONIC™ by Motorola smartphones, and the 4G LTE-enabled Motorola XOOM™.

“When we launched our 4G LTE network just 43 weeks ago, we had an ambitious growth plan because we understood the impact 4G LTE could have on people’s lives,” said David Small, chief technical officer of Verizon Wireless. “Americans in 178 cities from coast to coast will have access to the nation’s most reliable 4G network before Thanksgiving, allowing them to harness the speed and power of the network not only where they live but also where they travel.”

On Thursday, Oct. 20, Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in Birmingham, Ala.; Modesto and Stockton, Calif.; Fort Myers, Fla.; Bloomington, Elkhart, Evansville, South Bend and Terre Haute, Ind.; Sioux City, Iowa; Hagerstown, Md.; Tupelo, Miss.; Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M.; Buffalo, N.Y.; Asheville, N.C.; Bartlesville, Okla.; Jackson and Martin, Tenn.; Greater Hampton Roads and Richmond, Va.; and Green Bay, Wis. Verizon Wireless is also expanding its 4G LTE network in Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and Erie, Pa. the same day.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, the company will turn on its 4G LTE network in Little Rock, Ark.; Savannah, Ga.; Cedar Rapids and Des Moines, Iowa; Lexington, Ky.; Kansas City and Springfield, Mo.; Lincoln, Neb.; Orange County, N.Y.; Greater Providence; Rapid City, S.D.; Roanoke, Va.; and Appleton, Wis. The company is also making major 4G LTE expansions on Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Nashville, Tenn.

4G LTE Speed and Coverage

In real-world, fully loaded network environments, 4G LTE users should experience average data rates of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) on the downlink and 2 to 5 Mbps on the uplink. When customers travel outside of a 4G LTE coverage area, devices automatically connect to Verizon Wireless’ 3G network, enabling customers to stay connected from coast to coast. Verizon Wireless’ 3G network is the most reliable network in the country and allows customers in 3G coverage areas who purchase 4G LTE devices today to take advantage of 4G LTE speeds when the faster network becomes available in their city.

Reliability: In and Beyond Major Cities

As the company with the most reliable 4G wireless network in the county and the first wireless company in the world to broadly deploy 4G LTE technology, Verizon Wireless is committed to building its 4G LTE network with the same performance and reliability for which it has long been recognized. Verizon Wireless’ consistent focus on reliability is based on rigid engineering standards and a disciplined deployment approach year after year. The company’s 700 MHz spectrum gives Verizon Wireless specific advantages with 4G LTE, including a contiguous, nationwide network license.

Over the past year, Verizon Wireless has also worked to bring its 4G LTE network beyond major cities with its LTE in Rural America program. The company is working with rural communications companies to collaboratively build and operate a 4G LTE network in those areas using the tower and backhaul assets of the rural company and Verizon Wireless’ core 4G LTE equipment and premium 700 MHz spectrum. Already, 12 rural organizations have announced their participation in the LTE in Rural America program and have leased spectrum covering, in total, more than 2.6 million people in rural communities and nearly 82,000 square miles. These companies include: Appalachian Wireless, Bluegrass Cellular, Carolina West/Clear Stream, Cellcom, Chariton Valley, Convergence Technologies, Cross Telephone, Custer Telephone Cooperative, Pioneer Cellular, S and R Communications, Strata Networks and Thumb Cellular.

4G LTE Markets

Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network will be available in 178 cities on Nov. 17, including:
· Birmingham, Ala.*
· Decatur, Ala.
· Huntsville, Ala.
· Mobile, Ala.
· Montgomery, Ala.
· Phoenix, Ariz.
· Tucson, Ariz.
· Fayetteville/Springdale/Rogers, Ark.
· Fort Smith, Ark.
· Jonesboro-Paragould, Ark.
· Little Rock, Ark.**
· Bakersfield, Calif.
· Fresno, Calif.
· Los Angeles, Calif.
· Modesto, Calif.*
· Oakland, Calif.
· Sacramento, Calif.
· Salinas/Monterey/Seaside, Calif.
· San Diego, Calif.
· San Francisco, Calif.
· San Jose, Calif.
· San Luis Obispo, Calif.
· Santa Barbara, Calif.
· Stockton, Calif.*
· Colorado Springs, Colo.
· Denver, Colo.
· Fort Collins, Colo.
· Greater Fairfield and New Haven, Conn.
· Hartford, Conn.
· Washington, D.C.
· Daytona Beach, Fla.
· Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
· Ft. Myers, Fla.*
· Gainesville, Fla.
· Jacksonville, Fla.
· Lakeland, Fla.
· Miami, Fla.
· Orlando, Fla.
· Pensacola, Fla.
· Sarasota/Bradenton, Fla.
· Tallahassee, Fla.
· Tampa, Fla.
· West Palm Beach, Fla.
· Athens, Ga.
· Atlanta, Ga.
· Augusta, Ga.
· Savannah, Ga.*
· Hilo, Hawaii
· Honolulu, Hawaii
· Kahului/Wailuku, Hawaii
· Lahaina, Hawaii
· Boise, Idaho
· Bloomington, Ill.
· Carbondale, Ill.
· Champaign/Urbana, Ill.
· Chicago, Ill.
· Rockford, Ill.
· Springfield, Ill.
· The Quad Cities, Ill./Iowa
· Bloomington/Bedford, Ind.*
· Elkhart, Ind.*
· Evansville, Ind.*
· Fort Wayne, Ind.
· Indianapolis, Ind.
· South Bend/Mishawaka, Ind.*
· Terre Haute, Ind.*
· West Lafayette, Ind.
· Cedar Rapids, Iowa**
· Des Moines, Iowa**
· Iowa City, Iowa
· Sioux City, Iowa*
· Wichita, Kan.
· Lexington, Ky.**
· Louisville, Ky.
· Baton Rouge, La.
· Hammond, La.
· New Orleans, La.
· Shreveport, La.
· Baltimore, Md.
· Frederick, Md.
· Hagerstown, Md.*
· Boston, Mass.
· Springfield, Mass.
· Worcester, Mass.
· Detroit, Mich.
· Flint, Mich.
· Grand Rapids, Mich.
· Kalamazoo, Mich.
· Lansing, Mich.
· Saginaw, Mich.
· Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.
· Tupelo, Miss.*
· Kansas City, Mo.**
· Springfield, Mo.**
· St. Louis, Mo.
· Lincoln, Neb.**
· Omaha/Council Bluffs, Neb.
· Las Vegas, Nev.
· Reno, Nev.
· Albuquerque, N.M.*
· Las Cruces, N.M.
· Santa Fe, N.M.*
· Albany, N.Y.
· Buffalo, N.Y.*
· Ithaca, N.Y.
· New York, N.Y.
· Orange County, N.Y.**
· Rochester, N.Y.
· Syracuse, N.Y.
· Asheville, N.C.*
· Charlotte, N.C.
· Fayetteville/Lumberton, N.C.
· Greensboro/Winston Salem/High Point, N.C.
· Raleigh/Durham, N.C.
· Wilmington, N.C.
· Fargo, N.D.
· Akron, Ohio
· Canton, Ohio
· Cincinnati, Ohio
· Cleveland, Ohio
· Columbus, Ohio
· Dayton, Ohio
· Lima, Ohio
· Mansfield, Ohio
· Toledo, Ohio
· Bartlesville, Okla.*
· Oklahoma City, Okla.
· Tulsa, Okla.
· Portland, Ore.
· Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, Pa.
· Altoona, Pa.
· Erie, Pa.
· Harrisburg, Pa.
· Johnstown, Pa.
· Philadelphia, Pa.
· Pittsburgh, Pa.
· Wilkes Barre/Scranton, Pa.
· State College, Pa.
· Greater Providence**
· Charleston, S.C.
· Columbia, S.C.
· Greenville/Spartanburg, S.C.
· Hilton Head, S.C.
· Rapid City, S.D.**
· Sioux Falls, S.D.
· Chattanooga, Tenn.
· Clarksville, Tenn./Hopkinsville, Ky.
· Cleveland, Tenn.
· Dyersburg/Union City, Tenn.
· Jackson, Tenn.*
· Knoxville, Tenn.
· Martin, Tenn.
· Memphis, Tenn.
· Nashville, Tenn.
· Austin, Texas
· Beaumont/Port Arthur, Texas
· Bryan/College Station, Texas
· Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas
· El Paso, Texas
· Houston, Texas
· San Antonio, Texas
· Temple/Killeen, Texas
· Wichita Falls, Texas
· Provo, Utah
· Salt Lake City, Utah
· Greater Hampton Roads, Va.*
· Richmond, Va.*
· Roanoke, Va.**
· The Tri-Cities, Tenn./Va.
· Olympia, Wash.
· Seattle, Wash.
· Spokane, Wash.
· Tacoma, Wash.
· Charleston, W.Va.
· Appleton, Wis.**
· Green Bay, Wis.*
· Madison, Wis.
· Milwaukee, Wis.

*Indicates a market that will be live on Oct. 20, 2011
**Indicates a market that will be live on Nov. 17, 2011

Visit www.verizonwireless.com/lte for more information about Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.



iPhone 4S Siri

The news around Twitter and Facebook is the new iPhone from Apple. Apple’s newly crowned CEO, Tim Cook, took the stage at 4 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California, for his first Stevenote, er, Keynote. Cook quickly passed the presentation off to familar Apple faces to essentially drag through a complete recap of iOS 5s features shown off four months ago. Reporters grew weary 20 minutes into the WWDC rehash and began playing Angry Birds. In the course of nearly an hour, Apple only disclosed three new items in conversation! If this is what we can expect of future Apple Keynotes, the Jobs Era of slick presentation has already vanished.

Finally, at 55 minutes, the iPhone 4S was revealed. Nothing changed on the outside – no teardrop case like earlier “leaks” reported – but rather under the hood is were the real stuff was. At the heart of the iPhone 4S is the same processor that runs the iPad 2, the dual-core A5. Also sharing components with its big brother is the graphics processing which is told be 7 times faster, though the demo didn’t really seem to indicate this. The antenna has been completely reworked to include not one but two which the iPhone 4S can use both or one or the other for optimal signal. It also uses the new system for premium bandwidth. In fact, Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing, made a jab at the competition and its 4G speeds pointing out the iPhone 4S 3G speeds equaled that of the LTE phones. Mmm, we’ll see about that, Philly, remember, we’re mostly using AT&T. Additionally, the new 8-megapixel camera was shown off along with the claim of faster access with the ability to take the first picture in 1.1 second. With new infrared and back light technology, this aims to be the best camera on a phone yet with its extreme low light and improved white balance features. The camera will also record 1080p HD video catching up to many Android devices which have been able to make this claim for nearly a year.

The big announcement, the One More Thing if you will, was the fact that the phone will now work at your command. No, not that Voice Command feature we all forgot about, but true voice instructions using the technology of Siri which Apple purchased last year. Siri will do amazing things like tell you the current weather conditions by just asking, “What’s the weather like?” as well as read your incoming SMS and then respond to it with your voice-to-text copy. You can tell it, “Wake me up tomorrow at 8 am” and it will create the alarm for you. Send email, search for a place to eat, add calendar events – to which it will even respond if you have a conflict – and many other features. This is the game changer, as Apple put it, for the iPhone 4S. Because all the text-to-speech and vice versa is happening on the phone and not on the Internet like the original Siri, it requires the power of the A5 chip and thus this iOS 5 feature is only for the iPhone 4S.

On the surface, these features do not sound all that great. Essentially, it’s a tuned up iPhone 4. Additionally, it’s pretty much what everyone expected, no real surprises like past models. In truth, all this iPhone does is catch it up with most Android phones. Google has had text-to-speech for nearly a year on its operating system and HD video is old shoe. Schiller can claim similar speeds with the 3G equipped iPhone 4S but truth is, LTE blows the doors off of AT&Ts network and Verizon’s older EV-DO. In fact, AT&T ignores equipment investment as proof of the many EDGE towers found easily a few miles off of California Highway 99 in the Central Valley at nearly every exit outside of large cities like Stockton or Sacramento. I think Apple is setting itself up for some uproar by neglecting LTE. This will only further Android’s dominance for another year while we await the LTE iPhone.

Now, that said, here is the if of all of this, and it’s a BIG if. If Apple has genuinely pulled off Siri without a hitch, this could blast the iPhone past any Android. With the ability to add calendar events, have SMS conversations, send and receive email, and buy movie tickets, all hands-free in your vehicle, this would make Siri the killer-feature. Now, of course, there’s that IF. While Siri performed well in the quiet auditorium of Apple’s theater, my noisy F-250 cab is a whole different story. I long ago stopped using Voice Command because of it. Even cars with better cabin noise control can struggle with voice and it will be mighty interesting to see if Apple over came this issue.

Now, if Siri turns out to be a dud and unusable in the real world and those Schiller claimed broadband speeds never really happen, then you have just another iPhone 4 with an extra letter. Google will continue to make further inroads with Android and widen the lead over the iPhone reminding many of us of the Windows vs Macintosh days of the late 80s. Interesting enough, that decline came soon after Steve Jobs left Apple the first time. Will history repeat itself?