Will the Verizon iPhone Live Up to the Hype?

One of the most talked about product launches might finally arrive. For nearly a year, rumors have swirled about the mythical Verizon iPhone – a smartphone that would, until now, have been incompatible with Verizon’s CDMA network. However, it is reported that 5-6 million CDMA compatible iPhones are being shipped during the beginning of 2011. This is a strong indicator that Verizon will be introducing an iPhone on their network in January, but probably not at CES.

What does this mean? For iPhone app developers, it will likely mean an increase in app sales. Facebook will likely see a huge increase in users of their mobile app platform, which means a larger and more comprehensive market should Facebook start utilizing mobile advertising in 2011. (Of course, a Verizon iPhone is only competition to any sort of super-secret Facebook phone in development.) More mobile app users will yield a push for more, and better, development of apps that meet the mobile consumers’ needs.

However, despite all the hype, the global impact of a Verizon iPhone – especially one launching in January – will be at most minimal. Many iPhones were given as gifts over the holidays, and now that these AT&T users are locked into a contract, they are not likely to convert over to Verizon for a CDMA phone (unless they want exorbitant contract cancellation fees). Also, despite the popularity and trendiness of the iPhone, many cell phone users just want a basic phone that can, at most, text and send a picture message. Many baby boomers – and older – just don’t need the features of a smartphone. A majority of cell phone users don’t have the budget for an iPhone and accompanying expensive data plan. Verizon will definitely be appeasing a decent sized segment of their current customer base with an iPhone on the Verizon network, but the phone will unlikely make a dramatic impact that matches the hype.

It’s also unlikely a Verizon iPhone will slow the growth of Android phone sales. Blackberry users who currently use the Verizon network are the most likely candidates to switch. Already used to expensive all-you-can-eat data and tired of RIM’s failure to add new features, we might see a shrinking population of Blackberry devices on the Verizon network the day Apple and Verizon finally get together in public. In the meantime, I’m happy with my Fascinate.

Would you buy a Verizon iPhone? Or are you satisfied with the features of your current phone (or smartphone)?

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  • muddslide

    Some helpful info here but author lost major credibility at “Many baby boomers – and older – just don’t need the features of a smartphone” – this is nonsense.

    “Boomers” include all sorts of professionals – MDs, lawyers, software professionals, ad infinitum – these folks are as enamored with the many productive uses of smart phones as any underage Apple fanboy/fangirl. Medicine is an area where smart phone use will sky rocket.

  • Matt Hughes

    I was very happy when trent reznor was releasing flac copies of the ghosts albums

  • http://twitter.com/chrismorrell chris morrell

    absolutely and as this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Magnetic#Criticism_regarding_production row demonstrated , “Hi Fi” is NOT the preserve of classical music geeks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/paddy260991 Paddy Gordon

    Compression makes sense for DJs at clubs etc to keep the volume solid during a song, there’s nothing worse than going from a loud song to a quiet intro and folk thinking the music’s been turned off. Then the main part coming in VERY LOUD and getting folk moaning that it’s too loud etc. or worse, it blowing your speakers/amp

    Makes some sense for people in busy cities etc with headphones, but iPods should have software compressors built in by now.

    The only place compression makes no sense whatsoever is in the home when there’s no external noise such as large crowds or diesel engines going by etc.

    I’ve routed my iTunes through logic’s compressor before when going to bed so the music stayed at a constant volume and I wasn’t woke up half an hour later with my playlist nearly finishing and a loud part coming on etc.

  • http://twitter.com/high_frontier high_frontier

    Actually, I would not consider you a purist at all, as a real purist would not be listening to mp3s unless under duress of some kind.

    Part of the reason so much of music is compressed today is the poor equipment that many people have. To reproduce real music at realistic levels takes power, and lots of it. I does not matter what type of speaker we are talking about, lots of power is needed with even the most efficient corner loaded horns. [The problem with horns is that they introduce their own colorations and distortions due to their design.] The very best speakers are very inefficient and require levels of amplifier power most are not willing to purchase or live with.

    One anecdotal point that Bob Carver was said to make was how much power was needed to properly reproduce the shearing of a piece of paper with a scissors. At normal [same level as the real event] it took a couple of thousand watts to get the transient attack correct – this is why he was famous for high power amps throughout his career, like the Phase Linear 700 and various models that bore his own name.

    It is no wonder then, that for semi-realistic reproduction in the home, several hundred watts of clean power are needed, and we are not talking car stereo exaggerated wattage here. The amplifiers that reproduce this amount of power usually are 5 to 7 rack spaces in height, usually about 20″ in depth, and weigh in at at least 50 pounds. That is for a two channel amplifier. [ Don't let anyone kid you, two channels of proper recording is all you need with the right equipment! ]

    I should also say that this amplifier is usually found at a price of over $1000, which is more than many people will ever spend on a sound system, thinking that the need is not there, or that differences cannot be resolved that make the investment worthwhile.

    That would be for each person to answer for himself, but if fidelity is desired, not only is compression to be avoided, so are sup-optimal digitization techniques, and low-fidelity playback equipment. [That would tend to be 95 - 97% of the equipment found in homes today.]

  • http://twitter.com/motch_master Matyas Lajos Homer

    Yes, there is a Pandora App for Android

  • http://twitter.com/no_substitute Kim Nilsson

    Pretty much what I said over here: https://plus.google.com/109325348412536933420/posts/hZz4R82DYzS
    I still haven’t found that video or article about the “loudness” issue of modern music.