Posts tagged “Verizon

Verizon could owe Apple

What happens when you don’t sell as many iPhones as Apple would like for you to?  You could owe the Cupertino company some money!  Or at least that is true when it comes to the top wireless carrier in the United States.  I understand that contracts exist between entities of all types from car manufacturers and car lots from PC manufacturers and retailers — they are unavoidable.  Apparently, Verizon “agreed a deal to sell at least US$23.5 billion worth of iPhones in 2013” [Source: http://www.cellular-news.com/story/60982.php ].

Is it particularly Verizon’s fault that it did not sell as many devices as it would have liked?  Yes and no.  Perhaps marketing was not on their side; better yet, maybe iPhones just aren’t selling as well as they used to?  Let’s examine the statistics here, when Apple first released it’s famed iPhone everybody wanted it.  Some left their current carrier to join AT&T because that is the only service that offered the device.  Then, Verizon followed suit and agreed to sell the iPhone 4 — millions were sold.  However, let us take a look at the marketshare for iOS devices and Android devices:

marketshare_mobileAs it is quite easy to tell (perhaps after enlarging the picture) Android is in the lead and isn’t relinquishing hold.  There simply are not enough iPhones in the market.  The gift of Android is that there is simply a device for everyone.

Bottom line: Contracts sometimes are harsh, word of advice to Verizon look at the market before signing another deal with Apple.

4G is a wireless gimmick

4G, perhaps this term regarding advanced wireless technologies, was first used by Verizon with the mention of the 4G LTE service.  Now, it seems that every carrier under the sun claims to have “blazing” 4G speeds and the “largest” 4G network.

Apple has been in headlines recently due to the company advertising that the new iPad has 4G data.  The same is true for the iPhone in which a software update brought forth the appearance of 4G on the display screen; when in fact the iPhone is incapable of achieving 4G speeds when it has no 4G radios.

Is the Cupertino behemoth the only company falsifying data speeds?  Surely not.  The line between 3G, 4G, Wi-Max, and HSPA+ have been blurred for the past year.  Cell phone makers carriers alike need to make the distinction between the different speed thresholds because sooner or later customers will realize that their device’s promised speeds will never be met.

Bottom line:  The entire marketplace is a lie.  Carriers and hardware manufacturers must differentiate data speeds.  Honestly, consumers are getting sick of term after term.  In the end, the only thing they want is performance.

WiFi Tethering and Carriers

WiFi Tethering, carriers offer it but they charge those that use it.  True, tethering is a service; however, when the data you are using has ALREADY been paid for, it makes less and less sense.  Our smartphones can do great things — one of those is to become a mobile hotspot in a time of need.

Many early free tethering apps required you to root your Android or iOS device; however, FoxFi has caused a recent storm for Android users by bringing this convenient app to a variety of devices and let’s not mention the apps for iOS that allow the same option once jailbroken such as MyWi.

As long as there are users that believe that tethering should be part of their monthly data allowance there will be apps that allow it.  I have never understood why you have to add the mobile hotspot to your data plan in order to use the ability that your device has without it.

Bottom line:  Carriers, please wake up.  We will tether…for FREE.