Apple 4 Verizon. True
iPhone coming to second US network
Updated It's official: Apple's iPhone 4 will be available on US carrier Verizon's network on 10 February.
Tweaked for CDMA - all the others use GSM - the handset will be priced at $200 for the 16GB model and $300 for the 32GB version. Verizon subscribers can order ahead of the rush, on 3 February.
Unique to Verizon's iPhone: 3G Mobile Hotspot, an app that allows the iPhone to operate as a wireless router, with internet traffic sent out over Verizon's network. Up to five gadgets can connect to the handset this way.
Whether the same app will be delivered through an OS update or App Store download to existing iPhone owners isn't known. The limitations already placed on using the iPhone as a tethered 3G modem suggest not.
And official snaps suggest a redesigned antenna layout:
Verizon iPhone (left) and the others (right)
Simply a result of the switch from GSM to CDMA? An attempt to solve the 'grip of death' problem the original iPhone 4 suffered from? Both?
Initial shots of the new handset also suggest there's no Sim slot. Has Apple indeed opted for a built-in Sim, as has been suggested for the iPad? ®
Isn't it past your bedtime laddie? This is a forum for adults where technology and related issues are discussed in balanced, reasoned and rational debate. Oh, wait...
Honestly, every time El reg posts an article that relates to either Android or Apple, these discussions turn into my old school playground, where "ZX Spectrum vs C64" was the battleground. It was boring then too.
Well AIUI, SIM is a GSM requirement, but not a CDMA one. Here in the States, every GSM phone I've seen has a SIM slot. None of the CDMA ones I've seen do.
As for the antenna redesign, I'd say it's most likely due to frequencies used, as the gaps that caused the grip of death are still in the same place.
I used to do that...
...on Windows Mobile 2003.
Still do, on Android.
Nice to see Apple leading the way, as usual.
Aside from the obvious, bin your current one and get any other brand of smart phone, the answer is...You've always been able to (at least since the 3G came out), just go to your Iphone supplier and ask to have tethering adding to your account. You have to pay for it but it is available...or jail break it.
Missed opportunity for a headline perhaps?
"the Jesus phone's second coming" :-)