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  • Verizon and Apple Working For LTE iPhone in 2010? iPhone Lite? Media Pad?


    According to a report by USA Today, "Verizon (VZ) and Apple (AAPL) are discussing the possible development of an iPhone for Verizon, with the goal of introducing it next year, people familiar with the situation say." This comes as a bit of a shock after Apple COO Tim Cook pretty much shot down the possibility of an iPhone ever hitting CDMA when he said:

    We view AT&T as a very good partner, the best wireless provider in the U.S. Very happy to do business with them. They have done a good job with the iPhone. We have no plans to change it. Technically, Verizon is on CDMA. We decided to focus on one phone for the entire world, which means you have to go down the GSM route. CDMA doesn't have a life after a certain point in time
    Tim Cook's words made it seem pretty clear the Apple and Verzion didn't have any future together. Sure CDMA is aging and not where Apple wants to go in the future but what about LTE? LTE is the future of mobile phone communications here in the US and according to a report on unwired Verizon will have full LTE deployment to their 80 million customers by 2010. There are already LTE trials by Verizon going on in the US and so far the top speeds have been a blazing fast 60 Mbps. If I were Apple I would be interested in selling a 60 Mbps iPhone.

    Might as well add the Businessweek apparently thinks Apple and Verizon are going to be releasing an iPhone Lite and Media Pa.

    One device is a smaller, less expensive calling device described by a person who has seen it as an "iPhone lite." The other is a media pad that would let users listen to music, view photos, and watch high-definition videos, the person says. It would place calls over a Wi-Fi connection. One of these devices may be introduced as early as this summer, one person says.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Verizon and Apple Working For LTE iPhone in 2010? iPhone Lite? Media Pad? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 56 Comments
    1. almyz125's Avatar
      almyz125 -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I didn't buy it to be special, I bought it so I can surf the web, get emails, etc. and it is the best phone out there for that. I feel sorry for people who buy electronics to feel special like they are privileged for having the damn thing. Plus, the more people have it the merrier. We will see more features, more apps, more everything because it is that good of a profit maker. I would feel no different if everyone in the world had the iPhone. I already see 1/5 people here at school with it anyway. My mentality is probably the difference between a couple more years of life experience. When I was younger I used to want things like video games and be the first to have them just so I can show it off. I didn't even care if the thing was good or not. I have learned that my money is way better spent on good products rather than the new flashy products. The "cool" stuff loses its luster in a short period of time. The stuff that is actually useful, stays useful for longer periods of time. I can honestly say the iPhone is the only phone I have ever had over the las seven years that I use on a daily basis. not because I want to yank it from my pocket and show it off, but because it actually keeps me connected and does what I want it to do (which will be even more true with 3.0!)

      I also have a strong feeling that a lot of people are pissed about the potential of Verizon getting the iPhone because they left Verizon for ATT because of the iPhone. In other words, people spent extra money to make the migration and feel others should have to as well if they want the same thing. I did the same (although not sheerly for the iPhone, Verizon customer service has done NOTHING for me EVER when I had a problem.) Quite frankly such motives are nothing short of selfishness and greed and I think they are quit silly. Once again people feel entitled because they spent a little money on something, so the company they purchased it from should bend over backward for them.
      I don't mean special as in new and cool, i mean it in the sense that it is different a change of pace special for the sake of individuality a breath of fresh air instead of everyone sucking the corporate cock of Verizon. Besides i don't believe in phones being locked to a particular network i think it is unjust to sell something to someone and not let them choose how to use it. I am using my iphone on t-mobile right now mainly because it is a bit cheaper and i have been with them for a while now, i also back gsm phones all the way and would hate to see people suck with iphones on cdma just dose not seem right to me.
    1. Sadhunni's Avatar
      Sadhunni -
      Don't scare me please. Verizon service suck so bad in NY and especially where i am living. I always have to sit near the window to talk or sometimes I get disconnected. Why Tmobile never work with Apple? Grr!
      I dont want to see my cell phone bills over 150 bucks for a sucky internet like the G1.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by almyz125 View Post
      I don't mean special as in new and cool, i mean it in the sense that it is different a change of pace special for the sake of individuality a breath of fresh air instead of everyone sucking the corporate cock of Verizon. Besides i don't believe in phones being locked to a particular network i think it is unjust to sell something to someone and not let them choose how to use it. I am using my iphone on t-mobile right now mainly because it is a bit cheaper and i have been with them for a while now, i also back gsm phones all the way and would hate to see people suck with iphones on cdma just dose not seem right to me.
      But ATT and Apple do the same thing with locking the phone... it just so happens that hackers were able to allow you to hack it. ATT and Apple are doing no better than Verizon would be... I agree with you that locking phones to a network is ridiculous, but I do not believe that is really what this discussion is about. I don't really follow about the breath of fresh air statement though. There i no individuality as it stands, everyone has one anyway. You would be WAY more individual if you bought one of the crappy "free" phones when signing a new contract. Way fewer people have those these days. They aren't talking about making it exclusively verizon, just that Verizon maight be getting the phone as well. The Blackberry storm is on both CDMA and GSM, I see no reason why Apple can't do the same, especially if they want to boast overseas coverage/use. Bottom line, the phone will come locked to the carrier unless some new U.S. law changes this, so saying that carrier locks are bad is honestly irrelevant to this discussion, although I wholeheartedly agree (that locks are BS).

      Quote Originally Posted by Sadhunni View Post
      Don't scare me please. Verizon service suck so bad in NY and especially where i am living. I always have to sit near the window to talk or sometimes I get disconnected. Why Tmobile never work with Apple? Grr!
      I dont want to see my cell phone bills over 150 bucks for a sucky internet like the G1.
      Nobody would force you to go to Verizon at all. ATT isn;t working with TMO because it is the "smallest large" wireless provider in the US. By this I mean the top three are VZW, ATT, and TMO, TMO falling way short of ATT and VZW. It's all about the money.
    1. almyz125's Avatar
      almyz125 -
      what i mean is that its nice to see people out there with other things besides all iphones the amount of people on Verizon is ridiculous to begin with and if they do make a deal with apple the amount of people with iphones will be to the point where its just sickening i... Verizon had there chance. they did not take it. if they did take there offer i would not be using the iphone for 2 reasons the first i am with tmo(gsm) cant put my sim in the phone, and lets just say for what ever reason i could i still would not because i just would not want to have the same phone that everyone else in the us would have because just about everyone ik at least is on Verizon.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by almyz125 View Post
      what i mean is that its nice to see people out there with other things besides all iphones the amount of people on Verizon is ridiculous to begin with and if they do make a deal with apple the amount of people with iphones will be to the point where its just sickening i... Verizon had there chance. they did not take it. if they did take there offer i would not be using the iphone for 2 reasons the first i am with tmo(gsm) cant put my sim in the phone, and lets just say for what ever reason i could i still would not because i just would not want to have the same phone that everyone else in the us would have because just about everyone ik at least is on Verizon.
      I don't think you are understanding the point I am trying to make. If Verizon got the iPhone, there would most likely be two versions of the phone, one for CDMA and one for GSM, much like many MANY other phones on the market. One such example that comes to mind is my girlfriend had a razer on VZW while I had a razer on TMO. The fact that anyone would not want a phone just because many other people have it is, to me, ludicrous.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Verizon gets their hands on all the good stuff!!
    1. hoits2000's Avatar
      hoits2000 -
      nope and nope
    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      iPhone lite? Sounds a whole lot like the iPod touch.

      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      Verizon gets their hands on all the good stuff!!
      HAH. Verizon has some of the shittiest phones I have ever seen. Blackberry Storm? That thing is a JOKE. Along with every other "touch screen" phone in there arsenal.
    1. Sk8r789456's Avatar
      Sk8r789456 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IndianCheese View Post
      iPhone lite? Sounds a whole lot like the iPod touch.


      HAH. Verizon has some of the shittiest phones I have ever seen. Blackberry Storm? That thing is a JOKE. Along with every other "touch screen" phone in there arsenal.
      HAHA so true. When the storm came out it wasnt even stable lol.
      iPhone lite= ugly verizon phone
    1. dillonsmith9147's Avatar
      dillonsmith9147 -
      well im glad you all think that a fast more reliable phone is a bad idea, plus att sucks here, go VZW!
      ill admit their gui does suck major donkey *****
    1. gordo2150's Avatar
      gordo2150 -
      I do not get it? why every ones is so worry! Verizon, ATT, what's the difference? No matter what, they will charge you, you would buy it! Apple iphone as we said in China is a "Social butterfly cell phones, as well it was the "Motorola Rzar when first came out! And what it would be? what type of phone verizon will get? Same **** that "China Unicom has! Yes you heard about it so don't twist your brain!

      Apple is money hungry, as well as many American company's, and some China too. "Now they what to target China with the sell, since you could buy and original apple iphone on the Street for less of the majority think off. "We do have real free enterprising, you get as many black market apple products. LOL

      Getting back!

      Now Apple is making cheap *** WCDMA/GSM for China Unicom, " this is the same as the Verizon Blackberry Storm 9530(GUI/OS sucks since is verizon ****) the reason they might call it lite is easy, GSM/EDGE, not 3G, the only true 3G would be the WCDMA that is able to use LTE/4G. "Since Apple is trying to make a little more Money by dealing with Verizon with the leftovers from China Unicom and some other Asian cell phone provider!

      "China does not have a regular 3G, not like most Europe, or USA. the biggest 3G net belongs to the government(China Mobile) and this fucks rule with an iron fist. Only Major cities like,Beijing, Hong Kong, Macao, And Shanghai have a Normal GSM 900/1800 3G/2100MHz while the rest of china has :CDMA2000/TD-SCDMA/WCDMA. (That's a lot of cell's)

      So don't worry if they actually getting it! just be Happy! at least all those verizon loyal customers might get one!

      By the way, I do have a new WCDMA apple iphone, did test it out with my brothers storm sim card,(yes one of the new phone that has a verizon sim card) my unit did work, but i had a little problem with the Data service kept dropping like ****!


      By josh2150 at 2009-04-29



      And please excuse my english! not that good, sorry
    1. RonHC's Avatar
      RonHC -
      DOWN WITH VERIZON

    1. Sideoutdude16's Avatar
      Sideoutdude16 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RonHC View Post
      DOWN WITH VERIZON

      says it all for me :-D
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by ronhc View Post
      down with verizon

      why?
    1. Jammole's Avatar
      Jammole -
      I can't wait to see what happens next
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IndianCheese View Post
      iPhone lite? Sounds a whole lot like the iPod touch.

      HAH. Verizon has some of the shittiest phones I have ever seen. Blackberry Storm? That thing is a JOKE. Along with every other "touch screen" phone in there arsenal.
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      Verizon gets their hands on all the good stuff!!
      True........

      I guess I should say they TRY to get their hands on the good stuff.