Much speculation has surrounded the impending release of this device, mostly centered around pricing. Early on, the “$799″ price was thrown around a bit on many sites, and was quickly followed by disbelief that anyone would pay THAT MUCH for a tablet, let alone an Android device.
The speculation can now end. Verizon has announced that, indeed, the device will cost $799.99 - without a contract. It will, however, cost $599.99 WITH a two-year contract. Both will require a minimum plan of $20/mo for 1GB/mo. No word on one-year contract availability.
The device will be the first major launch of an Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) device.
Interestingly, while the device was announced as a 4G LTE unit, the Xoom will launch with a 3G radio and be upgradable to 4G in the near future, at no cost.
The Verizon Wireless demo of Xoom can be found here.
Apple recently officially announced the ability to purchase subscription-based content through applications in their popular iTunes market. This feature, which allows app developers to offer subscription based content through the app, is a feature that a lot of developers were looking foreward to; until they saw the cost.
With this change Apple is making it so that content providors who compete directly with iTunes and iBooks will no longer find it profitable to offer content on any of their devices. Not only is this an evil move on their part, but in the end it will be consumers like you and I who will suffer for it. Join us after the break as we go over some of the biggest changes, and what they mean for you and your favorite iDevice
In the wake of the Verizon Iphone announcement and Verizon’s own policy updates AT&T has decided to make some similar revisions to their upgrade policies.
The changes aren’t ending there though. AT&T is also revising their changing policies on fees, international long distance rates and texting plans along with adding a-la-sprint style “any mobile” calling to the unlimited texting packages.
Read on to learn what’s new and how it may impact your service.
Now that Verizon Wireless has the Iphone, they’re taking some time to change their upgrade and return policies.
Make no mistake; these changes came when they did because of that device. Call it a “cost” of selling the device that so many wanted. The iPhone is expensive, and Apple has some VERY specific price points where they sell their product. But there’s no use arguing over the why, what’s important is how it affects you the consumer.
Join us after the break as we go over what’s changing, what isn’t, and what you can do about it.
CES is finally winding down, and while tech sites are falling over themselves to bring you news about that iPhone coming to Verizon, we wanted to focus on some actual innovation.
At first blush, it just looks like all the other high end “4g” phones coming to carriers this year. Dual Core Tegra2 processor, huge screen, some cool HDMI features. But this little device is looking to change how we think about what a mobile device can and cannot do.
Join us after the break to find out about this amazing device, easily the best in show from CES.
Verizon Wireless and Apple Inc. have officially announced that Verizon Wireless will soon be carrying the Apple iPhone 4.
After years of demand, and a year of heavy rumor-swapping in 2010, the long-awaited Verizon iPhone is a reality.
Not much is known about the device yet, but given the remarks and answers provided by Verizon and Apple leadership, this iteration of the iPhone is nearly identical to the iPhone 4 on AT&T, with the change coming from adding the CDMA chipsets to the device to function on Verizon’s network. The most popular features of the iPhone 4, including Facetime, will be included in this device. Verizon also stated that the device would include mobile hotspot of up to five connections.
The phone will be available for pre-order online on February 3rd, and available in stores, online, or over the phone on February 10.
Expect further coverage as details become available.
Verizon Wireless held a press conference extravaganza this afternoon, announcing new LTE phones, netbooks, and tablets.
There are several sites that have been able to do hand-on inspections of the devices. Unfortunately, PhoneCan couldn’t be there to do the same, so we’ve got a quick side-by-side of the devices for you to look at. First, we’ll look at the LTE phones.
The Consumer Electronics Show is in full swing in Las Vegas and while PhoneCan doesn’t have anyone there this year, we’re doing our best to try and keep up with the flood of new devices and technology. It’s a bit overwhelming, and since we can’t give you any hands on content, we’ve decided to leave that reporting to those who are at the show itself.
But Google used device announcements today to officially unveil Android 3.0 aka Honeycomb. This is the first version of Android that Google built with the intention of it being used on tablets. Details are still a little slim as to all the
differences, but if you check out the video below, you’ll see that it is completely different from what we’ve come to know about Android.
This doesn’t appear to be simply a Phone OS blown up to fit on a larger screen (like the tab) or lightly customized (like the iPad) but instead it appears to be an entirely different operating system designed from the ground up for a tablet form factor.
Details are still a little light, but expect a flood of new information (and devices) in the coming weeks. Forget everything you’ve thought about Android and check out the official announcement video after the break.
Many thanks to [Android Developers] for posting this video.
The folks at PhoneCan have been contemplating how to address Verizon Wireless’s impending 4G network launch. We talked about it. We thought about it. And the consensus we had was this:
If you’re not in a city where it’s being launched, it really won’t be of much interest to you. Seeing as how that seems to be most of us, we felt that a more realistic take on Verizon’s 4G launch and it’s impact is in order.
Here’s what we know:
LTE network launches December 5th.
38 Markets at launch, 60+ airports.
5-12 Mbps download, 2-5 Mbps upload, claiming up to 10 times faster than 3G.
Two USB devices available at launch, $99.99 each after $50 rebate.
5GB plan for $50, 10GB plan for $80, $10/GB overage standard on both plans, no usage limit, no speed throttler
Expected to expand to full coverage by or in 2013.
Here’s what we don’t know:
When an LTE phone will launch.
Verizon will announce it’s first LTE-capable phones at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January. In the Q&A they clarified that we would be seeing an LTE smartphone “by” mid-2011, but not necessarily “in” mid-2011.
We’ll update you with more as or if it comes.