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Now that the confetti from the “Verizon’s getting the iPhone” hubbub has died down, it’s time to talk turkey. It’s not going to be cheap to use Verizon’s iPhone to begin with — unlimited data packages, anyone? — but now, information about the additional charges potential users will face are surfacing, and, suffice to say, the results are typical.
That is, you’re going to have to pay for pretty much every little capability the iPhone has, including using your phone as an Internet hotspot.
Verizon said today it will begin offering Google Apps with its broadband service for small and medium-sized businesses.
Google Apps for Verizon features Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs and Google Sites. Google Apps for Verizon provides three free user accounts and is available to businesses that subscribe to a bundle consisting of Verizon Internet service.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Verizon is getting the iPhone next month. One part of the announcement that excited a lot of people, beyond the extension of the iPhone’s availability was that the iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless would include new Personal Hotspot capabilities, enabling users to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
Apple and Verizon officially announced the iPhone 4 for Verizon today. Verizon includes the tagline, "The phone that changed everything. Coming to America’s most reliable network."
The iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10, and qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the opportunity to pre-order it online on February 3.
A Netflix app for Android was spotted at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which wrapped up yesterday. Verizon, showing off its new LG Revolution 4G phone with Android, showed evidence that the app is indeed in existence.
Android users have been waiting for a Netflix app for quite some time, and have had to wait idly by while apps for the iPhone, iPad, and even Windows Phone 7 were released. UnwiredView.com posted the following video of the demo, which is now making the rounds:
Better products often offer consumers more choices. Compare the original Model T (which Henry Ford supposedly approved in "any color so long as it’s black") to a modern Rolls Royce (available in thousands of paint, leather, and trim combinations), for example. And now a rumor claims three versions of the iPad 2 will be produced.
The last time we wrote about Google TV Ads, it was due to a defeat: NBC Universal had ended an advertising partnership. But it looks like that wasn’t entirely indicative of things to come, as Google announced today that it’s managed to sign a partnership with Verizon FiOS TV.
AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have announced the formation of a joint venture called ISIS, a mobile payments network.
Discover Financial Services and Barclays Plc are also participating in the joint venture which will allow people to pay for purchases with their smartphones. ISIS is expected to be introduced in larger markets during the next 18 months.
Rumor has it that the Nexus Two will be announced at a press conference on November 8th in New York. The announcement would come from Google and Samsung together, and the device would be he first to ship with the next version of Android – version 2.3 aka: Gingerbread. It would also be available on more than one carrier.
Verizon Wireless said today it will begin pre-loading Amazon’s Kindle app on some of its Android phones.
Verizon will pre-load the Kindle app on the new Samsung Fascinate, Droid 2 by Motorola and the Motorola Droid X.
Features of the Kindle app for Android include:
*The ability to synch bookmarks across devices so users can pick up where they left off.
The FCC voted today on rules that will enable the use of TV white spaces to provide wireless broadband connectivity. Google and Microsoft both issued updates applauding the ruling.
Verizon and Research in Motion (RIM) announced a new 3G version of the BlackBerry Curve today. It will become available on September 16 in business sales channels, and through Verizon in the coming weeks.
Microsoft has announced the launch of its first Bing for Mobile Android app for Verizon customers. The app is available for download in the Android Marketplace on Verizon Android devices.
The app homepage will look somewhat familiar to Bing users, as it will include the Bing image of the day with the clickable hotspots, much like the desktop version. You can swipe through past images.
The endless scrolling of the image search also makes the transition to the app. In fact, endless scrolling is functional with any search result.
Verizon has launched a new, enhanced version of its Verizon Games portal and app. Based on feedback, Verizon says the new design caters to a more interactive experience.
Verizon describes the new experience as more game-like and more engaging. The company says it is designed to appeal not just to hard core gamers, but to first-time players as well.
A teaser page for G2 from T-Mobile was discovered. It says, "The T-Mobile G2 will deliver tight integration with Google services and break new ground as the first smartphone designed to run at 4G speeds on our new HSPA+ network. In the coming weeks, we’ll share more details about the G2 and offer exclusive first access to current T-Mobile customers."
The G1 was of course the first Android phone, which launched 2 years ago.
Fans of Google, tablets, and/or good deals will want to visit a Verizon store in late November, judging from a new report. A Chrome OS tablet is supposed to debut at that time, and it’s probably going to offer consumers a lot of tech for a low price.
The net neutrality debate sparked (most recently) by Google and Verizon earlier this week continues. Now AT&T has weighed in, and unsurprisingly it appears to agree with the companies.
One of the biggest controversies of the Google/Verizon policy proposal is that wireless is being treated differently. AT&T says, "Wireless is different." In a post on the company’s public policy blog, they write:
Apple’s TV project has been renamed iTV, according to a report from Engadget, and it will run apps, much like the iPhone/iPad. Joshua Topolsky says, "it’s unclear if there will be cross-pollination between iPad and iPhone / iPod touch offerings and new Apple TV applications." It will apparently cost $99, but it reportedly won’t be able to handle 1080i or 1080p video.
Update: Eric Schmidt and Ivan Seidenberg added some commentary in a Washington Post article today.
Original Article: Today Google and Verizon held a joint press conference, and issued a joint policy proposal for an Open Internet, as they say. The companies appear to be promoting an Open Internet indeed, but there remains a great deal of skepticism about the policy proposal. Really, could it have gone any other way?
Will the mobile phone replace the credit card? It sounds a bit like science fiction, but it appears that mobile carriers are trying to make it a reality.
Bloomberg reports that AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA are "planning a venture to displace credit and debit cards with smartphones". The companies would work with Discover Financial Services and Barclays Plc to test a system starting in Atlanta and three other unnamed U.S. cities.
MarketWatch reports that Google has missed a deadline for the implementation of Google Apps in the city of Los Angeles, due mainly to security concerns expressed by the LAPD. This has got to be an unwelcome snag for Google, who is spending a great deal of time marketing Google Apps for cloud computing.
Verizon announced its Q2 earnings today, reporting strong wireless and FiOS customer growth, increased enterprise revenues, and $9.8 billion in cash flow, up 29.8% from the same period in 2009.
TechCrunch is reporting that Apple may be adding another patent infringement lawsuit against HTC. These two companies already have suits against each other.
Verizon may soon be following in the footsteps of AT&T with a tiered pricing plan. Bloomberg interviewed Verizon Communications CFO John Killian, who told them they’d "probably need to change the design of our pricing where it will not be [a] totally unlimited, flat rate." There were mixed feelings about this when AT&T did it, with a large amount of negative opinion. Verizon will no doubt face a similar uproar.
There were 234 million Americans who were mobile subscribers for the 3-month period ending in April, according to a new report from comScore.
During that time, Samsung ranked as the top manufacturer with 22.1 percent share of U.S. mobile subscribers, up one point from the previous three-month period. LG ranked second with 21.9 percent share, trailed closely by Motorola (21.6 percent share, down 1.4 percent), RIM (8.4 percent share) and Nokia (8.1 percent share).
An often quoted stat about the new reality we lives in today points out that 20 years ago the average American had less than 25 friends. Today the average American has more than 200. Of course, we all realize on some level that this blossoming of friendship doesn’t equate to having 200 best friends. In fact, the ties we have to the outer fringes of our social network may be very thin indeed. That’s the subject that an interesting campaign launched by Verizon is trying to explore.
Google has been very clear about how big of a part mobile plays in the company’s strategy moving forward, and a number of recent acquisitions and strategic moves have made it equally clear that Google is gunning for Apple. These are a couple reasons why it has come as no surprise to find out that Google is working with Verizon on a Tablet computer that would compete with the iPad.
Verizon FiOS customers who subscribe to HBO will be able to watch the cable television’s programming online for free, starting tomorrow.
Customers must subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet to gain free access to the online video site HBO Go. HBO Go will support Verizon subaccounts and allow up to three users in the same house access content.
Verizon Wireless has partnered with Skype on a Skype mobile application that will launch on smartphones in March.
The move makes Verizon the first major U.S. carrier to offer Skype to its mobile users. The Skype mobile app is for smartphone users who have a data plan with Verizon.
Initially, Skype mobile will be available on smartphones with data plans including the BlackBerry Storm 9530, Storm 2, Curve, Droid by Motorola, Droid Eris by HTC and Motorola Devour.
Google filed a submission on its own and one jointly with Verizon to the FCC for its proposed rulemaking docket. Google says its goal is "to keep the Internet awesome for everybody."
Update: The meeting ended and the rule making process will move forward after a unanimous vote. The rules say a provider of broadband Internet access service:
A federal court in the Northern District of California has upheld a December 2008 judgment which awarded Verizon $33.15 million in a cybersquatting case against OnlineNIC, an Internet domain registration company.
The case is based on OnlineNIC’s attempts to take advantage of Verizon and its customers by using names that are easily confused with legitimate Verizon names.
Amazon has launched a new site catering specifically to cell phones and their service plans. The online store located at wireless.amazon.com lets users shop for phones by model, service, color, etc.
You may be able to shop by carrier at AmazonWireless, but that only includes AT&T and Verizon. On top of that, they don’t even carry the iPhone, which is available through AT&T. Here is a look at the site’s bestselling phones:
Online video producers may be happy to learn that Verizon is offering direct regional access to its network. A more direct content delivery network means producers can skip the sometimes cumbersome peering arrangements that slow down online video and pump content directly onto Verizon’s Internet backbone network.
Verizon says its Partner Port Program results in a faster, more responsive connection to Verizon’s backbone network for less money.
If Google doesn’t do something special, a mobile search deal between Microsoft and Verizon may be cemented in the near future. A new rumor has Microsoft offering Verizon a far more lucrative arrangement than what the Mountain View-based search giant originally suggested.
Late last week, Steve Ballmer mocked Android and Google’s position in the mobile market. The insults seemed genuine. But even if Microsoft really doesn’t see Google as a threat, it’s taking no chances, as new reports have the Redmond-based company trying to grab a deal with Verizon Wireless.
Users of Verizon’s broadband service should prepare themselves to see a lot of Yahoo logos all day, every day. The corporations have extended a strategic alliance and will make a Verizon-Yahoo portal the "preferred starting point" for all customers.
Is there no end to lawsuits against Google? On Tuesday Judah Klausner, an inventor from San Francisco, filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Google, Verizon, LG, Citrix Systems, Comverse Technology, and Embarq.
Klausner’s company, Klausner Technologies, filed a patent back in 1992 for "visual voicemail", a way to apply a graphical means of interacting with voicemail messages, similar to the use of e-mail.
Judah Klausner is on quite a roll; he seems to have won settlements from Apple, AOL, and Vonage following a series of lawsuits over the last few years. And now Klausner, through the company Klausner Technologies, is going after Google, Verizon, and LG.
The on-going corporate wrangling between Google and Verizon is heating up again as the Federal Communications Commission prepares to test technology that would make it possible to offer WiFi broadband Internet over unused TV channels known as white spaces.
Pearl Jam has partnered with Verizon Wireless to sell live songs from the band’s upcoming 12-city U.S. tour.
Three songs from each show will be available after the concert on Verizon’s V Cast service and PearlJamConcerts.com. One song will be a free mobile download and the other two will be available for purchase.
Verizon, Sprint and Time Warner Cable have reached an agreement with New York officials to ban access to child pornography.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said the Internet service providers will block access to child pornography newsgroups and remove the content from their servers.
The agreements will affect customers in New York and in the rest of the country. Talks are ongoing to get other Internet service providers to adopt the same policy.
AOL has reached a deal with Verizon Communications to be the official provider of advertising for the company’s online and mobile Web properties.
Under the agreement Verizon will use AOL’s Platform A’s sales force and its ad-serving, targeting, and inventory management tools to power ads on its online inventory.
Verizon said this morning the company will launch its next-generation wireless broadband network, dubbed Long Term Evolution (LTE) after sometime in 2010, approximately a year after the large swath of C-block 700 MHz spectrum the company won in a recent FCC auction becomes available.
Verizon’s second big announcement of the week is that the company plans to develop and deploy its next generation mobile broadband network using Long Term Evolution (LTE), a technology more closely related to GSM, used by rival AT&T, which will also be upgrading to the LTE format.
Verizon reversed itself today by announcing the company will open its network to wireless devices, software, and applications not offered by the company. This comes just two months after the company sued the federal government to block openness requirements for the winner of the 700 MHz band of wireless spectrum.
“My Home 2.0″ is a web 2.0 type of marketing campaign for Verizon to promote their FiOS service. It’s a combination TV/online reality show, kind of like Extreme Home Makeover but its not upgrading the décor as much as transforming the home and family to be technology savvy.
Senators Bryon Dorgan (D-ND) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) sent a letter today to Sen. Daniel Inouye, chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, calling for a hearing to discuss phone and cable companies’ recent discrimination against content on their networks, and whether current regulatory protections are enough.
Verizon Wireless has agreed to reimburse over 13,000 subscribers that had their wireless internet service disconnected after "excessively" using their "unlimited" access plans. The New York Attorney General’s office called Verizon’s marketing tactics "deceptive."
Something is starkly wrong when diametrically opposed ideologues join hands in public to protest something else. That something wrong, in a nutshell: the government and communications companies working in concert to erode the freedoms that made our country great.
Reuters reports on a new iPhone killer (Verizon’s claim, not mine) that’s coming soon from Verizon. Sounds great. Can’t wait to try it. I doubt people will wait in line, but who knows?
Ahh, maybe this is why Steve Jobs lowered the price to $399 for the iPhone. Now that seems like an even more brilliant move.
Some things I’d like to see here:
One of the more parroted talking points against Net Neutrality has been verbalized this way: It’s a solution in search of a problem. Rather snide, really, if you think about it, and is a remark that usually accompanies a brush off to concerns of gatekeeper abuses.
In case you’re still convinced there’s a true open market in broadband space and the handful of companies running it are sufficient competition for each other, consider this: in Hong Kong, you can get a fiber-to-the-home connection 20 times faster than Verizon’s FiOS connection for about the same price.