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Verizon iPhone 4 announced!

The news that everyone has been wanting to hear for years has finally been announced — Verizon is getting a CDMA version of the iPhone! Unfortunately, it is only a CDMA version and according to the Q&A session today at Verzion’s event they are not currently working on an LTE version.

The iPhone 4 on Verizon will be released February 10, but if you are a current Verizon subscriber you will get the option to pr-order starting February 3. There will be 2 versions available — 16GB for $199 and a 32GB for $299, both prices are after signing a new 2-year contract.

Read on for the official press release.

 

Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon
 
BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—January 11, 2011—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability.
 
iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality. iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless will also include new Personal Hotspot capabilities allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
 
“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”
 
“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”
 
iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a beautiful glass and stainless steel design like no other mobile phone. iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint wireless printing.  iPhone 4 customers have access to the world’s most popular App Store℠ with more than 300,000 apps available in an incredible range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.
 
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year customer agreement. iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, online at  www.verizonwireless.com/iphone, at Apple Retail Stores, at the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple Authorized Resellers, and by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.
 
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)
 
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
 
Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

The Data Deal

I wrote this article back in June and never posted it because it looked like everyone was going to tiered data, but today Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg, said that the up-and-coming LTE network could support charging for data depending on the speed that the user chooses. So, I’ll post this because it is a bit relevant to the current mobile data situation.

When what we call the internet first began it wasn’t anything like what we have today. There are plenty of people out who will read this and know exactly what I am talking about and there are some who haven’t known anything but the current state of the internet. Things have changed over the years, including the way that we pay for our internet service. From what I’ve seen there have been three major points in the internet billing cycle and you can see the same exact points when you look at mobile web data.

1. Pay as you go
Anyone who remembers the internet before Cable and DSL remembers well the squeal of a modem and the rigors of the call not going through or the other end being busy. We didn’t have an always on connection and if you didn’t know how to turn the volume down on the modem everyone in the house with you knew you were connecting to the internet. Back then your internet usage was printed on your phone bill and you were billed accordingly.

Of course when someone figured out that we could use our cell phones to connect to internet sites (although very media light) the cell phone companies were quick to start charging for the data usage, on a pay as you go plan.

2. You’ve got INTERNET!
Our next step on the trip down memory lane stops where Cable and DSL internet began, dial-up internet was still pretty big and a lot of companies still billed you per kb but there was a change somewhere and people began to pay upfront for their data.

This is where we are now in the mobile data wars, every month you pay $30 and you get the internet, the fastest available and it’s always there; that is, as long as you have a signal. The only choice you have to make is whether you need enterprise support.

3. Small, Medium, Large, X-Large, XX-Large, SUPER Duper Mega Large
Now we buy our internet by how fast we want to download the finale of LOST and how high of quality we want to see the animals on our farms on Facebook. It’s like a veritable Baskin Robins of speeds, ranging from 2Mb to 100+Mb download speeds and it is always getting faster. No more can you just buy the internet, no, now you have to choose which is right for your needs.

As far as mobile data is concerned, this is the next step. Consumers are already mad that they have to pay $30 per month and they don’t get the speed they need or they don’t even use what they consider to be $30 worth of data. Then there are people who use more than their fair share of data (it is unlimited, after all) and still only pay the $30. The only indication we have of “speed” is how many “G” it is, the current is 3G and 4G is on the way.


Jungly Jump: This game isn’t for the birds!

Flinging birds? That’s kid’s play! Jungly Jump puts you in control of the friendly duo of a rabbit and a porcupine, Squaty and Spiky, and boy do they have a problem. You see, there’s fruit everywhere in the trees but they will have to work together to get the delicious food down from its heights.

After positioning Spiky on the catapult, gauge how far you need to go by watching Squaty’s height on the tree and signal his jump by tapping the log and watch the porcupine sail through the air and take out the fruit. There’s a certain amount of fruit you have to get per level, and you only get three shots!

So, dust off your physics skills and get ready to hear that rabbit cry plenty of times. This game isn’t for the feint of heart, obstacles and traps will make you want to throw your iPhone, but there are some power-ups throughout the game that will make things a bit easier as you get into the harder levels.

Would I suggest it? Yes! It’s a great game to pull out on your iPhone or iPad when you have a few minutes to kill, but it’s also deep enough that you have to think if you have a little more than a few minutes to spend playing.

Can you show us some gameplay? Sure! Here’s a cool YouTube video straight from MEDL!

What’s the price? There’s a free (lite) version and a $1.99 pay version.

Jungly Jump is created by MEDL Mobile. MEDL Mobile provided me with a review copy of this app to test and review.


Pepsi, Klondike, and Tropicana release new iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps

I just received all three of these today so apparently today is THE DAY to send out press releases!

Pepsi is releasing their app, Pepsi Loot, to give back to it’s drinkers when they enjoy a Pepsi product from a “Pop Spot” – a restaurant that serves Pepsi products. Think of it as Pepsi’s version of Foursquare with a prize! When the Pepsi drinker checks in at a Pop Spot the first time, and every third time after that, he is given a free music download from Pepsi’s Loot Store. It’s like Pepsi’s reward points but you don’t have to buy a bottled drink to get the points, you just have to go out to eat (or just drink).

Klondike Unfoiled! tests the unwrapping speed of it’s users. And… well that’s it. Really, all you do is see how fast you can unwrap a Klondike.

And the last product-based app of the day is from Tropicana, yup the orange juice people. Tropicana Juicy Rewards is a “must-have application [that] will help you review rewards on-the-go, enter codes and share rewards with friends.” Kind of like Pepsi Loot, when you buy Tropicana Pure Premium orange juice you put your codes in the app and you get reward points and get reward coupons that you can share with friends on Twitter and Facebook. And there’s a BONUS bowling game!

All of these apps are free on the iTunes store and are compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.


AT&T Removes Unlimited Smartphone Data Plans

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According to Boy Genius Report, as of June 7th, AT&T will not be serving up unlimited data for its smartphone customers. It looks like they are really pushing for users to go with Wi-Fi as an option to bogging down their 3G network as they include in the press release that

Each plan includes unlimited access at no additional charge to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots in the U.S. Customers can also use unlimited Wi-Fi at home, in the office or elsewhere if available.

These are the new plans and although current customers will not be required to change they can choose to switch to a new plan without a contact extension (in fact, I think AT&T would be happy to switch you over!):

  • DataPlus. Provides 200 megabytes (MB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 1,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 150 emails with attachments, plus view 400 Web pages, plus post 50 photos on social media sites, plus watch 20 minutes of streaming video – for just $15 per month.**  This plan, which can save customers up to 50 percent off their wireless data charges, is designed for people who primarily like to surf the web, send email and use social networking apps. If customers exceed 200 MB in a monthly billing cycle, they will receive an additional 200 MB of data usage for $15 for use in the cycle.  Currently, 65 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 200 MB of data per month on average.
  • DataPro. Provides 2 gigabytes (GB) of data – for example, enough to send/receive 10,000 emails (no attachments), plus send/receive 1,500 emails with attachments, plus view 4,000 Web pages, plus post 500 photos to social media sites, plus watch 200 minutes of streaming video – for $25 per month.**  Should a customer exceed 2 GB during a billing cycle, they will receive an additional 1 GB of data for $10 for use in the cycle.  Currently, 98 percent of AT&T smartphone customers use less than 2 GB of data a month on average.
  • Tethering. Smartphone customers – including iPhone customers – who choose the DataPro plan have the option to add tethering for an additional $20 per month.  Tethering lets customers use their smartphones as a modem to provide a broadband connection for laptop computers, netbooks or other computing devices. Tethering for iPhones will be available when Apple releases iPhone OS 4 this summer.

As far as iPad users go, AT&T said:

For new iPad customers, the $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data.
(via AT&T via Boy Genius Report)

NBA Trademark Infringement Notice Sent to Google

The NBA has sent a C&D letter to Google, informing them that there are apps in their Android Market that infringe copyright on a few items that the NBA owns. 90+ apps are listed in the letter from the NBA’s Legal Department and they include themes, games, news apps, widgets, tweet apps, and wallpaper apps, and not all of them are paid apps.

The news comes from a 12 page scan of the letter sent to developer HydTech. I can understand the need for the NBA to claim ownership of their own property but it seems that this is going a bit overboard, these are people who are fans of your teams and people want this kind of thing, apparently. Unless the NBA plans on releasing their own versions of the same things (which I don’t see happening) they should just let it go.

(via HydTech and the HydTech Blog)

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GoodSync2Go — Keep Passwords Safe Anywhere You Go

I was approached a while back about testing out and reviewing a new product called GoodSync2Go (or RoboForm2Go) — an easy way to sync passwords via USB drive. I was interested, merely at the fact that I would be able to load all my passwords on the USB drive and bring it around with me and not have to worry about my log in information being saved on the PC or anything like that.

So a flash drive was sent to me and I began to test just how well GoodSync2Go worked. Well you can call me impressed, I didn’t think it would work as well as it does but it definitely does the job. Using it at work is the main thing I had in mind for it and the GoodSync2Go bar that runs when the drive is plugged in makes it easy to log into sites you need to have access to. I especially like the ability to click on a site from the toolbar it automatically opens the site and logs me in.

GoodSync2Go is for Windows only, although you can sign up for Roboform Online and it will work with Mac and Linux computers via an online interface. There are also iPhone and Android clients available from their respective marketplaces.

The only thing that I noticed in my testing was in Gmail accounts. GoodSync saved the URL for the password as my Google Accounts page, but it was an easy fix to edit the URL for the saved password and point it in the right direction. Other than that it was a joy to play with and use GoodSync2Go.

GoodSync has two account types, Free and Pro, the free version of GoodSync2Go can be downloaded from the GoodSync website. Pro accounts can be purchased for $30 and include unlimited files in a sync job and unlimited sync jobs, and also free phone support.


The First Guy in Line for an iPad

The same guy who was first in line for an iPhone when it was released is back and he’s in line for an iPad this time. A couple of passersby got a micro-interview with him about his views on the iPod and what he has packed with him this time around. Check out the video at The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW).


DIY CrunchPad Kit available NOW for $49!

TechCrunch is selling the DIY kit to make your own CrunchPad out of a laptop screen that you already have at hand. Just remove the screen from your laptop and use the supplied guts from the CrunchPad Kit (even an optional 4G card) and you will have your own CrunchPad that even runs flash videos! Check out the video of how to do this at TechCrunch.com.