The best part about the Verizon LTE phone press conference...
Apple freezes retail employee vacations, possibly for Verizon iPhone launch
By: Zach Epstein | Jan 6th, 2011 at 10:46AM
A new report claims Apple has informed its retail employees of a vacation â€œblackoutâ€ that will begin later this month. Citing unnamed people familiar with Appleâ€™s retail plans, the report states that Apple is preventing all retail employees without seniority from taking vacation during a three-week period that will commence some time during the last week in January. The report also claims that Apple has retained excess staff hired during the holiday season. While unconfirmed, a vacation freeze of this kind coupled with increased retail staff ...
My guess is that Verizon gets an LTE iPhone the same time ATT does, and not a day sooner.
Apple typically launches new iPhones at the end of June or start of July, I would think they would stick to this launch cycle, if it's for one or two carriers.
The difference here is that the hardware design of the iPhone4 is so technologically terrible, they're likely jumping at the bit to get the next body style on line ASAP.
There is no reason to expect another 6 month delay before the next generation, with or without the obvious leaks flooding the internet already.
In other news Gizmodo reports that the iPhone will be announced on Tuesday.
Verizon replied that the customer would be identified by their Sim and their plan and that the devices met the standards of "Open handsets" or something along those lines.
We know that no other carriers really will be compatible with the Thunderbolt, at least initially. But this is an amazing first step because it means that it opens the door for NON-Verizon handsets to work on the network, provided you have a Verizon LTE Sim and contract to go with it.
This means we're a HECK of a lot closer to carrier agnostic handsets than we were just a few weeks a...
Also, their LTE SIM's are standard size.
Of course the sims will be standard size...
Im thinking more about the allure of a carrier to carry a "only here" device... I'm feeling that Verizon is going to want to ride the wave of THEIR LTE launch and keep their awesome devices to themselves by either no "unlocking them" or providing some kind of safeguard (which i where I came up with the different sim idea)
I'm a bit crazy I admit... but I know these companies will avoid the "something for nothing or from someone else" at almost an equally crazy obsession.
I don't believe anything those *Bleep*ards say after the lie that was the Open Device Initiative. If it happens...GREAT! I'll believe it when I see it and not until.
There is one HUGE difference between LTE and the laughing-stock CDMA "Open" Device Initiative:
The LTE open access requirement is mandated by the FCC strings attached to the C-block spectrum auction.
Verizon cannot block development and deployment of 3rd party hardware unless they can irrefutably show that the devices being used will cause measurable harmful interference or damage to the network.
Verizon cannot "spin" this the way they spun "Open Device" to mean "business models we don't want to support ...
Are you twelve?
Are u six? Come on now epix is that the best u can do? I thought we where gonna be professional in our responses to each other... I guess thats just to much to ask. Your reply had nothing to do with the statement I made. Responses like that are very childish and u should keep them to yourself
It took Bug Labs six months to develop LTE devices and get them through testing. And Cisco. And a few others. Verizon seems to be the least of their issues.
I'm just tired of rumor after rumor. I stopped visiting PhoneScoop for a while because that was ALL we talked about (how fitting that I started this thread, huh?). At this point, it happens when it happens, as far as I'm concerned.
And big props to Verizon on making their LTE phones as open as possible (they still have 1xEVDO on them). It was cool to hear that the LTE on the phones are also backward c...
There are so many facets to the whole iPhone thing that I feel like my head spun off ages ago. But if I think with my Verizon Minion mentality, I would release the iPhone no sooner than 35 days from around December 25th (which, conveniently, is the beginning of February). I wouldn't announce it until the Friday before launch date, so it doesn't kill weeks of sales. If I were a Verizon Minion Master, I would probably also increase the restock free to $40, and make people do something silly like send in a form to get their refund.
But I'm neithe...
It was cool to hear that the LTE on the phones are also backward compatible to HSPA/GSM/GPRS.
That's a bombshell that I missed.
Where was that put in writing, if you don't mind my asking?
At marker 37:45, second question in Q&A segment.
Myriam Joire of Engadget asks:
"Hi, I'm Myriam Joire with Engadget. I've got a couple of questions for you. The first one is, have you worked on battery life optimization? Obviously that's a big issue for 4G networks. And then the other question is related to global roaming - there are going to be other LTE networks in other parts of the world at different frequencies, and of course you already have a SIM card in the device, so you could possibly fall back to a 3G network on a GSM network. I'm curious about these two things, please."
"Yup, well let me start with the battery performance. We'v...
With regard to roaming, absolutely, the devices will be able to take advantage, over the course of this year as we build some back end infrastructure, to be able to roam overseas utilizing 3GPP networks, whether it's LTE if it's available, or if LTE's not available, HSPA or GSM, GPRS."
Interesting. That means, at the very least, that they're going to have to put European antennas in these LTE devices to pull the overseas GSM bands, even if the LTE processor can read the GSM inputs just fine.
They're cramming a lot of gear into they little (giant-sized) launch phones. I would think global compatibility would be shelved for future devices. Interesting.
Thanks for the data, ...