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Top message:  WiFi vs 3G -- am I missing something? by abccell   Oct 8, 2008, 10:45 AM

Replying to:  Re: WiFi vs 3G -- am I missing something? by hammer4995   Oct 8, 2008, 1:57 PM

Why WiFi is missing

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Oct 8, 2008, 3:03 PM

... GSM BB's have it but, thanks to Verizon's greed, they have disabled WiFi on all their BB's and their phones. ...

That's simply not true.

I really don't think Verizon has anything against WiFi, they just don't have their own WiFi network, so they have no reason to push that feature.

The high-end Windows Mobile devices have WiFi, such as the Samsung i760 (and i730 before it) and the HTC 6800 (and 6700 before it). So if the manufacturer wants to put it in, clearly Verizon will allow it.

It is not trivial to build an extra radio and antenna into a phone. There's a lot of costly and time-consuming engineering involved. So the notion that the Storm has WiFi and it's been disabled is absurd.

The fact is, to a manufacturer like RIM, carriers are the customers. CDMA carriers like Sprint and Verizon don't have their own WiFi networks the way AT&T and T-Mobile do, so WiFi isn't something they're asking manufacturers to include on their devices. There's no incentive. Sprint and Verizon don't hate WiFi; they simply don't care about it.

If Sprint and Verizon don't care about WiFi, then there's simply less incentive for RIM to invest the extra resources into including that feature on their CDMA devices.

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