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“Don’t buy the iPhone 4 from Verizon” – that’s the simple message coming from many experts this week. Expert #1 recommends waiting because you will want the iPhone 5 when it comes out in July. By waiting, you make it possible to get the iPhone 5 without paying a penalty fee: Don’t Buy the Verizon […]

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Well, shucks. This morning, Verizon announced that it will carry a CDMA-enabled iPhone 4 in the United States starting in early February. That’s great news to Verizon’s customer base — the largest in the United States. It will also give us the chance to see if the reception and speed issues iPhone users have reported are the fault of AT&T or the device itself.

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Sprint claimed the title of the “first 4G network” in the U.S. when it deployed it HTC Evo 4G phone on its WiMax network earlier in 2010: Is this the ultimate smartphone today? A look at the HTC EVO 4G Sprint has WiMax in about 30 cities. According to this page, WiMax offers 3 – […]

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There has been an uproar this week over the Google/Verizon anti-net-neutrality deal. In short, Google appears to be turning evil and planning to be the first to destroy net neutrality, even though it once expressed undying support for net neutrality:

Everyone in the United States who uses the Internet should read this message from Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) and take action

The vast majority of informed Internet users and organizations understand that net neutrality is essential. A non-discriminating, open, level-playing-field Internet is the only way to guarantee freedom of speech and the free flow of information…

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Usually by August, the tech news well looks a little dry. This year seems to be an exception. Rumors about Apple’s iPhone migrating to Verizon in the United States continue to spread across the Web. According to unnamed sources “close to Apple’s hardware suppliers,” the company has ordered CDMA chips. That’s the cellular technology Verizon uses (Sprint also uses CDMA technology). We could see an iPhone on Verizon as early as January. I’d like to point out we’ve heard similar rumors — or perhaps just wishful thinking — about the iPhone going elsewhere before. We’ll have to wait and see if this time it’s true.

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Something like 10 years ago, HowStuffWorks wrote its first iteration of the article How WIMAX works. It spells out the promise of WiMAX this way…

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Isn’t the FTC supposed to protect consumers from stuff like this? Verizon: How Much Do You Charge Now? “The phone is designed in such a way that you can almost never avoid getting $1.99 charge on the bill. Around the OK button on a typical flip phone are the up, down, left, right arrows. If […]

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You may have heard a couple of weeks ago that Verizon, the No. 1 cell phone carrier in the United States, will soon carry smartphones running Google’s Android operating system. At the time of the announcement, neither Verizon nor Google revealed any details about upcoming handsets running the OS. As we shift toward the holiday season, information is beginning to appear. One of the new handsets is called the Droid.

The Droid (a phone from Motorola formerly known as Sholes) features a physical QWERTY keyboard and will run on Android 2.0. It also has a five megapixel camera with a built-in flash, among other interesting specs. But to me, the most interesting thing about the Droid is how Verizon is advertising it.

Recently, Verizon launched an advertising campaign that hypes the Droid by tearing down the iPhone. Click through to see what Verizon has up its corporate sleeve.

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Tech News Briefs

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Lots of stuff going on today, so here are some highlights:

Nintendo dropped the price of the Wii to $199 in the United States. John P. Falcone wrote in CNET’s Crave blog about the change, which comes hot on the heels of Sony’s cut in the Playstation 3’s price to $299, and a little farther back, Microsoft’s cut in the 120GB hard drive version of the Xbox 360. I’m guessing that will help push the three consoles through the holiday season, but I’m also thinking sales will remain slow, based on what I’ve heard.

Andrew Nusca wrote at ZDNet that Microsoft‘s acquisition of Danger has yielded two Sharp-manufactured phones, the Turtle and the Pure. These are part of the so-called Pink Project. The pictures look a little like Danger’s Sidekick devices. A few days ago, Mary Jo Foley at ZDNet said Pink Project phones will use a version of Windows Mobile 7 and will be able to use the Zune music store.

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To everything (churn, churn, churn) there is a season. For several cell phone carriers in the United States, the current season appears to involve losing lots of subscribers. We call this phenomenon churn. A company’s churn rate refers to the percentage of overall customers who have left the service over a specific time frame. A high churn rate can indicate customer dissatisfaction. If a company’s churn rate is greater than the rate at which it attracts customers, that results in a net loss of subscribers. In business terms, this is what we call a Bad Thing.

Pinpointing the source of a cell phone carrier’s churn rate isn’t always easy. Perhaps the company’s service suffered some outages or other problems. Maybe the phones the carrier supports aren’t as innovative or exciting as its competitors. Sometimes a company will push a particular phone or service plan only to find out the customer base just isn’t interested in it.

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