This is one interesting battle which is being undermined at present by a majority. The moment Apple unveiled the new iPad, all eyes were glued to the improvements it carried. But the most important, for me, is the price points that carriers like AT&T and Verizon will keep for its customers. The suspense is now finally over as both the carriers have released their own pricing. From Apple’s product page:
As you can see, the battle is interesting. AT&T has better pricing for mid-range bandwidth whereas Verizon has the trumps for out-of-the-house usage (including a monster 10GB for $80 plan). If you aren’t in LTE land, AT&T’s network is much speedier especially with the new iPad radios which allow for “faster than iPhone” 21Mbps.
Also, interestingly, HSPA+ is now called “4G” on current iPhones by AT&T.
Just a couple of days after Verizon’s AT&T-mocking iPhone 4S advert, Sprint has released one of their own, titled Unlimited iPhone. The video (below) is just another tactical move in the ongoing three-way war between Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — all of whom are trying to attract as many customers as they can with each claiming to provide lower rates and better call quality with less downtime.
Forgot their rivalry? Verizon wants to remind you that the bitterness between them and AT&T is still there with a nicely executed iPhone 4S advertisement, mocking AT&T and its iCoverage with the help of a sinking boat.
For those of you who were caught up by a gloomy Thursday, here’s a reminder that the newiPhone 4S is available to be booked from today, 3:01am ET onwards. And for the first time, people in the U.S will have up to 3 carriers to choose from to get an iPhone — AT&T, Verizon and Sprint.
There are a number of factors that influence which carrier to go for but the number one factor has to be good call network and services provided by the carrier. Take note:
Sprint offers an unlimited Data Plan (Through October).
AT&T’s GSM network will allow faster 14.4 Mbps (theoretical) data speeds and talk and simultaneous data and more international roaming options.
Verizon and AT&T have free hotspots on their 4GB and up plans while Sprint’s is $30/month.
If that isn’t enough, this chart from PCMag will surely help you choose the best available option.
Verizon have gone one step ahead of Apple and released their own iPad 2 commercial, showing off their fast 3G network. The TV commercial shows the iPad 2’s ability to quickly connect to Verizon’s 3G network by giving examples of the Twitter app and Apple’s iBooks. Check them out in the video below:
Its no news that there are parties which do not want the AT&T + T-Mobile merger to go through, including the US Government. But now, Sprint too has stood up, not for the first time though, this time filing a suit to stop the merger that will allegedly create the “duopoly” between the merged parties and Verizon, and will leave Sprint out in the cold. Head past the break for the full press release.
Sprint Files Suit to Block Proposed AT&T and T-Mobile Transaction
WASHINGTON–(EON: Enhanced Online News)–Sprint Nextel [NYSE:S] today brought suit against AT&T, Inc., AT&T Mobility, Deutsche Telekom and T-Mobile seeking to block the proposed acquisition as a violation of Section 7 of the Clayton Act. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in the District of Columbia as a related case to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) suit against the proposed acquisition.
“Sprint opposes AT&T’s proposed takeover of T-Mobile,” said Susan Z. Haller, vice president-Litigation, Sprint. “With today’s legal action, we are continuing that advocacy on behalf of consumers and competition, and expect to contribute our expertise and resources in proving that the proposed transaction is illegal.”
Sprint’s lawsuit focuses on the competitive and consumer harms which would result from a takeover of T-Mobile by AT&T. The proposed takeover would:
Harm retail consumers and corporate customers by causing higher prices and less innovation.
Entrench the duopoly control of AT&T and Verizon, the two “Ma Bell” descendants, of the almost one-quarter of a trillion dollar wireless market. As a result of the transaction, AT&T and Verizon would control more than three-quarters of that market and 90 percent of the profits.
Harm Sprint and the other independent wireless carriers. If the transaction were to be allowed, a combined AT&T and T-Mobile would have the ability to use its control over backhaul, roaming and spectrum, and its increased market position to exclude competitors, raise their costs, restrict their access to handsets, damage their businesses and ultimately to lessen competition.
The world’s thinnest 4G smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S II, is headed to the U.S this fall (finally) and will be available via major carriers AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint (NO Verizon).
Samsung’s major iPhone-competitor has been a super hit in Korea and Europe, roping in millions already for the Japanese smartphone-maker. The S II’s specs, coupled with its success elsewhere, ignited a real desire in all of America to get their hands on this thin smart-machine. And now, finally, their wish will come true.
In case you don’t know (seriously?), S II is Samsung’s latest iPhone-competing Android offering that’s on the brink of becoming the greatest smartphone ever. Sporting a 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera with flash capable of recording 1080p video and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, the S II is capable of outputting fully uncompressed 1080p video via HDMI. For more information, visit this page. For S II’s comparison with iPhone 4, check out this page. Want more? Check these two pages also: 1 | 2
P.S. Notice the slight differences in the design of the device for each carrier? Which one would you go for?
Apple has released iOS 4.3.4 (build 8K2) which mainly adheres to fixing a PDF exploit which made it possible for users to wireless-ly jailbreak their iOS devices through the JailbreakMe.com web tool. The update is available for iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, iPad 1, iPad 2 and third- and fourth-generation iPod Touch devices through iTunes and can be downloaded here.
Verizon iPhone users can avail the same fix via the iOS 4.2.9 update (build 8E501), downloadable here.
Apple has released and update for its iOS software, upgrading it to 4.3.2 8H8, and 4.2.7 for Verizon iPhone. Few days ago, we told you that iOS 4.3.2 is coming soon, and will fix issues relating to FaceTime and 3G iPad connectivity. Looks like the update has done exactly that! Apple states: This update contains improvements and other bug fixes including:
Fixes an issue that occasionally caused blank or frozen video during a FaceTime call
Fixes an issue that prevented some international users from connecting to 3G networks on iPad Wi-Fi + 3G
Yesterday the worldwide web went haywire on learning that the Verizon iPhone has similar, or maybe even worse effects than the AT&T iPhone when holding the phone in a certain way, a la the Death Grip. Here’s a glance:
…check out this one too:
But actually, the issue is not as serious as it appears, if you think rationally that is. I mean, for heaven’s sake who the hell holds the phone like that?!?! It is but obvious that every phone has some form of attenuation that it has to deal with. And just holding it in the wrong way, when you never hold it that way, is just like jumping from 100ft height and hoping you don’t die! Geeeez!
Anyway, if the ‘death grip’/’antennagate’ non-issue is such a big concern even for the Verizon iPhone, then why does Consumer Reports recommend it? #exaggeration