T minus four days till the iPad goes on sale and it's all anyone is talking about. But I want to get to the bottom of a few things about the iPhone. It goes without saying that it's the Rolls-Royce of smart phones, but let’s be honest, after hearing about countless cases of dropped AT&T calls and dead zones, I refuse to give up my Verizon Wireless service in exchange for some really cool apps – and I’m not the only one. Apple has been listening to the requests and is answering our prayers. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that a new iPhone will soon be available that will allow U.S. phone carriers other than AT&T to sell the device.
The new iPhone would work on a type of wireless network called CDMA. With Apple developing a phone with CDMA capability, its exclusive U.S. arrangement with AT&T dating to 2007 appears set to end. Currently, iPhones exclusively use GSM, a rival wireless technology, but with CDMA, carriers like Verizon and Sprint will be able to offer the iPhone to customers. Smart move, Steve Jobs! Bernstein analyst, Toni Sacconaghi, estimates Verizon alone could help Apple nearly double the number of iPhone users in the U.S.
The production of the new iPhone is scheduled for September. Of course that date may change, but when the device is finally available through Verizon, I will be the first in line to buy one. Are you willing to put down your Blackberry or Droid and join the Apple hysteria? I think the Bump app alone is worth the switch!
Contributed by Jena Coletti. Follow her @jmcoletti