Archive for: CDMA

Verizon iPhone 4 Gutted And Snapped.

  • February 7, 2011 5:25 pm

Yes, more Verizon iPhone news. Truth be told, get used to it. Today is the first day in which Verizon iPhone 4s are arriving a wee bit early. It’s going to consume the tech world for the next few days. With that said, iFixit does not miss a beat, for today they posted their official tear down of Apple’s new CDMA-loving Jesus Phone. What is quite surprising with the iPhone 4′s internal construction is the rather unique layout — it’s shifted around quite a bit compared to the GSM iPhone 4. But that’s only the beginning.

The really eye raising feature is a Qualcomm MDM6600 chip powering the CDMA radio. It’s surprising because that chip is a dual-mode chip, supporting both CDMA and GSM/UMTS/HSPA. If Apple wanted to, they could have released a “World Phone” edition of the iPhone capable of using Verizon here at home while roaming on GSM networks when abroad. But such a feature would likely require more hardware engineering and shifting than Apple was ready to undertake this late in the iPhone 4′s life cycle. Fair enough we ‘spose. The iPhone 5 isn’t too far off as long as Apple stays true to their yearly refresh cycle.

How are the Verizon iPhone 4 users doing this afternoon?

Starting Today, Verizon Throttling Top 5% Of Data Users And Optimizing Data.

  • February 3, 2011 8:38 am

The limitless highways of Verizon’s open network are coming to a close — if you fall in the carrier’s top 5% of data users that is. A new regulation set forth by Verizon (PDF) goes into effect starting today, and brings with it data throttling for heavy data users and lightly touches on a new “data optimizing” service the carrier is currently implementing. What’s worrisome to us is that not only will your data speeds be throttled on the remainder of your current billing cycle if you eclipse the unlisted, unknown, and mysterious data limit (on the unlimited plan mind you), your next billing cycle will be throttled as well.

T-Mobile employs data throttling as opposed to hard caps with extra charges. It’s the lesser of the two evils. In that instance, your data speeds are throttled back to sub-1Mbps throughput which makes the mobile web of 2011 all but useless. As for Verizon’s throttled speed? We’ve reached out to Big Red for an answer and will update you if/when we get a response.

As for the new data optimization features, its nothing more than reducing cache sizes/transmitted video/picture sizes/etc. It appears that VZW is putting the finishing touches on their network and policies before a bazillion iPhones join the ranks of the Android army and launch an all out assault.

Poll: Are You Getting The Verizon iPhone?

  • February 3, 2011 6:40 am


The Verizon iPhone is officially up for pre-order (to current Verizon Wireless customers) starting this morning at 3am. Have you stayed up all night waiting for this glorious de-AT&Ting event? On the fence? Happy with your current gig at AT&T? We’d love to know what GS readers are doing — vote in the poll located top and right in the sidebar.

[Updated] VZW iPhone Hotspot Costs $20/Month Extra. Capped At 2GB.

  • January 25, 2011 6:30 pm

The big hype around Verizon’s iPhone wasn’t only focusing on the hardware itself, but the data plan and hotspot features. With AT&T losing exclusivity, competition enters the fray. With that said, Verizon announced their iPhone hotspot pricing and limitations today, and it is a little better than AT&T’s tethering/data plan options.

For starters, VZW’s hotspot plan will cost an additional $20/month — not so bad. However, the sticker is that hotspot devices will have a paltry 2GB pool of their to make use of. Go over the initial 2GB and it’s an extra $20/GB — not exactly what we’d call ” a good deal”. Granted, this separate pool of data is better than AT&T’s shared 2GB across all devices, iPhone included. Nevertheless, capping hotspot devices — which are likely to be bigger, more data hungry devices…hence the need to tether to a mobile WiFi hotspot — seems pretty stupid to us.

Now, let’s just sit back and wait to see how AT&T handles themselves, because if anything, this newfound iPhone competition should help keep AT&T light on their toes. What do you think?

Holiday Verizon Smartphone Buyers Will Receive $200 Towards iPhone 4 Purchase.

  • January 18, 2011 11:02 am


Buying a seemingly bleeding edge device only to have a new one that trounces it announced a mere few weeks after your initial purchase is maddening, saddening, and frustrating. That very scenario no doubt happened to quite a few Verizon users who don’t stay up to date with their consumer electronics news over the holiday season. Normally, if you buy a phone and a better one comes out soon after, you’re stuck. But Verizon is really pushing the whole iPhone thing (and they should). A snippet from the Verizon iPhone FAQ page:

I just purchased a new smartphone during the holiday season, but if I knew that iPhone 4 was going to be available soon I would have waited. What are my options now?

Current Verizon customers who purchased and activated new smartphones, feature phones or certified pre-owned phones between 11/26/2010, and 01/10/2011, are eligible to receive up to a $200 Visa debit card when they purchase an iPhone 4 at full retail price by 02/28/2011 and return their existing phone. Note: This offer is only available on consumer accounts with five lines or less, who are purchasing iPhone 4 through Verizon Wireless retail stores, telesales, or through verizonwireless.com.

While you’re still looking at several hundreds of dollars to move from your recent smartphone to a new iPhone 4, the option to do so is a nice gesture no less. Even though we’re used to the old tried and true eBay method for funding new gadget purchases via the sales of old ones, we can certainly appreciate Verizon’s motives. Any VZW customers going to take up their offer?

Sprint To Increase All Data Plans By $10 Effective January 30th.

  • January 18, 2011 9:27 am


If you had any plans on jumping on board with Sprint’s unlimited plans and aren’t looking to pick up a 4G device, do so before January 30th. If not, you’ll be subject to the same $10 premium that 4G/WiMax users are already encountering. Via Sprint’s own website today, the carrier announced the change as a means to continue offering the truly unlimited plans as well as help with the carrier’s next generation WiMax rollout.

The charge will assist Sprint in offering simple and affordable unlimited plans for its customers while maintaining a wireless network able to meet the growing appetite for a richer mobile experience.

While it is unfortunate that people who can’t even tap into the faster network now have to pay for the privilege anyway, we can understand Sprint’s position. With Verizon’s LTE rollout putting Sprint’s 2-year+ ventures to shame, Sprint really needs to do something, and quick.

MoGo Talk XD2 iPhone Case Now Available For Verizon iPhone.

  • January 18, 2011 6:41 am

The MoGo Talk XD2 iPhone 4 case that we reviewed back in December is coming in a newer, Verizon iPhone 4 friendly form. But don’t let the “2″ number fool you. It’s nothing more than a simple, subtle re-design to accommodate the Verizon iPhone’s slightly tweaked design (read: you won’t notice it). As a case, the MoGo was decent, and what we’d call above average. As a bluetooth headset, it was as good as any. And as a combo package it was great — the storing of the headset flush within the case was ingenious.

Regardless of the minor changes, Verizon iPhone users who spend half their day on the phone and live and die by a bluetooth ear piece will definitely want to check out this case. Release is scheduled for February 3rd at authorized retailers as well as Mogo’s website for $99.99.

Verizon Announces 49 New LTE Markets For 1H 2011

  • January 17, 2011 5:30 pm

There’s nothing like hearing of some new LTE love coming to town compliments of Verizon. Today, the CDMA-turning-GSM carrier announced 49 new markets that will receive LTE by the end of 1H 2011. Even better news is that an additional ~50 markets will go live in 2H of 2011 per Verizon’s goal of 140 markets by the time 2012 rolls in. While Verizon is arguably just as stingy with anti-consumer policies as AT&T, you have to admit that they deliver when and where they say they are going to, and in a timely fashion. List of new markets after the jump…

How Will Verizon Price iPhone Hotspot Feature?

  • January 11, 2011 5:40 pm

Today, we saw the opening of the gates to fairness and consumer choice — the Verizon iPhone is upon us. Several years in the making, come February 10th, the mobile landscape will be considerably different. But it won’t be differently solely because there will be two iPhone carriers. Instead, it will be because of new features that will keep incumbent carriers (looking at you AT&T) on their feet constantly striving to please their customers.

The biggest thing announced in conjunction with the Verizon iPhone was the new hotspot feature showed running on the device’s 4.2.5 firmware. This feature, like countless other smartphones, will allow up to 5 people wireless tether to their iPhone over WiFi. AT&T doesn’t offer this feature, and never has made any hint of even considering it. And looking back at their track record in regards to network performance, we can understand why.

With all that said, how will Verizon price their hotspot feature? (Cont’d inside…)