Beginning February 10, the phone that changed everything will be available on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will also have the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability.
Whichever network you choose, you’ll get FaceTime video calling, the high-resolution Retina display, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording, long battery life, and all the other great features of iPhone 4.
My dreams realized; now I won't have to sift through Verizon iPhone rumors in my Google Reader any longer. I won’t go through naming the obvious; I’ll leave that to every tech blog on the planet. You’re failing eyes will thank me, grandpa.
Mobile Hotspot - What's this? Verizon has announced a Mobile Hotspot feature that will create a WiFi network thanks to your 3G connection for up to 5 devices. Will it be free? Doubtful. They sure made it sound like it is. It’s also not even an app as they stated on stage. It looks just like the tethering settings on every other phone. Most are wondering if this will Wi-Fi hotspotting will be built-in to iOS 5. But, don’t confuse built-in for “free”. I recall Gingerbread(Android) promoting such a feature at I/O, and that sure as heck ain’t free.
Monthly charges - Who knows. Nothing was announced. Brilliant or shameless PR? I'll go with both. Most people will line up at the store on their computer to pre-order and will be hardpressed to say no when they see the monthly charges for the first time right that second. I mean, what are they going to do, close the webpage!? Ha, yeah right!
Hardware - Case makers aren't going to be happy. If you're lazy and don't feel like moving your finger over the mouse button to click that link, essentially the volume buttons have moved ever so slightly. It looks like some cases won't work on these Verizon iPhones. Ouch.
That’s about it. And, no, you can’t use data while on a phone call. It’s the same as every other CDMA phone and will also be outdated in 6 months. You know, when Apple announces the iPhone 4S with speed bumps, an updated camera and possibly iOS 5.
Still, no more rumors. We did it! USA! USA!
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After weeks of avoiding answering questions about how many Windows Phone 7 devices have been sold since their launch in late October, Microsoft execs have decided to release figures.
On December 21, in an article on its Web site for the press, Microsoft officials said that its phone partners have sold “over 1.5 million phones in the first six weeks” they were available.
Sales might have been higher, had phone makers and carriers actually provided sufficient stock. Or if phone makers didn’t have to delay shipping models with various technical glitches. But in any case, that 1.5 million figure is quite a bit higher than various (informed and uninformed) estimates I’ve seen.
The article goes on to update that the figure is actually 1.5 million units sold to carriers, not actual consumers. So, what does it all mean?
To me, it sounds like the numbers weren't anything to cry home about. But that's fine. Microsoft is in this for the long haul and unfortunately this is a market where numbers are everything. If they don't say any numbers, people think it's a total failure. Which is a total bummer in my book.
We need other OS's in this market. It's even better that the Metro UI is completely unlike anything out there. Who wants to have a handful of OS's that look exactly like iOS and Android? Not me friend, that's for sure.
While these numbers aren't encouraging to "analysts", it's encouraging to myself, a tech enthusiast. Speaking of tech enthusiasts, Trigon! If you're curious about the best way in enable your company's mobile infrastructure, let us know!
Like the Verizon iPhone, there are some tech industry rumors that simply refuse to die, and today it’s the turn of Nokia and a potential Windows Phone 7 device that’s getting raked over the coals once more. Notorious insider – and not known for his love of the Finnish cellphone company – Eldar Murtazin claims that Microsoft and Nokia have been holding ongoing talks regarding a Nokia-branded Windows Phone 7 smartphone range.
According to Murtzin, the meetings were at the prompt of newly-instated Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, who is the ex-head of Microsoft Business. He suggests that the first Nokia WP7 devices will reach Europe in Q2 2011, with the “characteristic features” of the Finnish company’s products.
Remember Nokia? Sure you do. They made those small cell phones that everyone had before the Razr. But I bet you're wondering, "what have they done for me lately?". Well, you and me both, friend. You and me both.
I'd answer that, but I still haven't thought of anything. Nokia still makes a ton of money in Europe selling low cost phones to those that haven't gotten the wonder of the iPhone. Mmmm, iPhone.
Ok, back to Nokia. Their Meego and Symbian platforms haven't exactly caught the states on fire. They've made no allusions to getting on the Android bandwagon, so WP7 could be just the thing to get them back into the game. Who wouldn't want a nicely refined OS to put on your sexy phone hardware? Who!?
All I'm saying is that I haven't been wooed by any current WP7 hardware, and would like to see Nokia take a crack.
by Chad Weaver
The reviews are in. This IT support/gadget lover guy is truly impressed with what Microsoft has done with the new windows 7 phones. It is amazing to think that this company might actually “get it” for the first time in a long time, and that it may be what the consumer really wants. I know, you’re saying, “Windows 7 the operating system really seemed to stop the slide away from consumer mistrust and anger. I mean Vista, friends!” I would also like to mention this; has anyone seen a single Mac vs. PC commercial in a long time? Must have done something right there. Take that, Apple!
I have been looking at all the boring presentations and long form reviews. They do complement the fact that these phones really do seem sleek. I was a little worried when I heard Microsoft was going to try to enter the smart phone market again. I mean have you ever used a Windows Mobile device?
It was painful and traumatizing.
It got the job done but it wasn’t really fun getting there at all. To see what they have done here is truly amazing. They’re putting great features in a standard OS where it will be the same experience whether you by Samsung HTC and so on. Integration with Zune? My poor little Zune looks like a relic now. Blackberry needs to look out, if Microsoft offers robust business features RIM is looking more and more like a dinosaur. Well, like the mobile dinosaur that Microsoft used to look like. They just keep pushing the same subpar models and features, hanging on to the “Business” moniker. This might not be an iPhone killer or an Android killer but RIM is on the ropes for sure. I must also say I got into the business of IT support because of Microsoft and it’s really great to see them making waves again. I might even think to try one of their phones out, I don’t know that I would give up my shiny new iPhone but who knows these things are much snazzier then I first thought.
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by Liz Pagnotti
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Facebook is building a mobile phone, says a source who has knowledge of the project. Or rather, they’re building the software for the phone and working with a third party to actually build the hardware. Specifically, Facebook wants to integrate deeply into the contacts list and other core functions of the phone. It can only do that if it controls the operating system.
Two high level Facebook employees – Joe Hewitt and Matthew Papakipos – are said to be secretly working on the project, which is unknown even to most Facebook staff.
Both have deep operating system experience.
Hewitt helped create the Firefox browser and was working on Parakey before it was acquired by Facebook in 2007. Parakey, which never launched, was described as a “Web-based operating system.” Hewitt also created all of Facebook’s iPhone web apps and then native apps, but finally quit building for the iPhone in disgust late last year. But he knows operating systems and he knows mobile.
I don't know about you, but every morning I wake up dreaming about a Facebook phone. A phone that will let me send texts in-game while playing Mafia, Bejewelled and Farmville. Wait, no. That's a terrible idea.
Why on Earth would anyone want to use a Facebook phone? Doesn't anyone remember all the of the privacy issues we went through months ago? Facebook had made updates to their settings which pretty much made your profile public if you didn't keep an eye on it. What would some of the Facebook integration be on this phone?
Add your call history to your wall so that friends can comment on it? Maybe my wife can "like" when I call the local gentlemen's club to confirm my reservation? I'm not sure how that would float.
My only guess is that this phone would be geared towards the tween market. You know the kind; young kids using the hardware keyboard phones, typing away feverishly as if their life depended on it. My boy better not grow up like that.
He's going to use a virtual keyboard like a real man.
Sure, this article had next to nothing about IT support in Wayne, PA. But, MAN was it entertaining, right?