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If you want an iPhone, AT&T is the only wireless game in town. And if you think Apple is shooting itself in the foot by limiting the iPhone to a single network, the numbers suggest otherwise. The Cupertino company on Wednesday said there have been more than 600,000 pre-orders for the new iPhone 4, the largest number of pre-orders Apple has ever taken in a single day. Be that as it may, why then do rumors persist that Apple's iPhone is coming to Verizon?

There are a couple of potential reasons. One is that the customers really, really want this to happen. Really. AT&T's claim to fame the past couple of years is that it's the exclusive wireless carrier of the iPhone, but otherwise the network has been plagued by bad publicity for everything from shoddy 3G network coverage to security SNAFUs, such as the one that led to hackers posting personal email addresses of some 114,000 iPad owners, some of which belonged to military personnel, celebrities, politicians, and other high profile peeps.

And then there's the other reason - maybe, just maybe, the rumors are true. Or at the very least, perhaps Apple is trying to strike a deal with Verizon, even is nothing is yet set in stone. On one hand, we've heard time and again that the iPhone is destined for Verizon's network, but up to this point, all the talk and speculation has amounted to nothing more than, well, talk and speculation.

Nevertheless, the rumor just refuses to die, and the current word on the Web is that Pegatron Technology has landed a contract to build CDMA versions of the iPhone. As the report goes, Pegatron will start shipping CDMA iPhones as early as the fourth quarter of 2010, and the company is already using its plants in Shanghai, China to build the device.

As much as everyone would like to believe this is true, there's still the whole issue of Apple's exclusivity agreement with AT&T, which doesn't run out until 2012. It's entirely possible that the contract has changed since it was originally signed, but even just a few weeks ago Verizon went on record saying that it won't be offering Apple products in the near-term.

Do you think the iPhone is coming to Verizon before 2012? Would you pick one up if it did?

I would say it would be a major plus for Verizon wireless, and I am a subscriber. I would consider it as a piece of personal communications equipment if it did. I don't know if I would commit though, of course I am probably one of a smaller amount of Verizon's customer base.

The main thing here is hardware, and as far as it goes I would compare this all to the start of the internet. Of course the whole technology market moves faster now than it did then. So if my phone was a 1992-4 PC in this comparison, today's phone would be 1 2006-8 PC because of this rapidity. So basically cut to a third as a lifespan. My problem with adopting an iPhone stems from this, because the other equipment (mostly of the android variety) is more capable hardware wise.

In the next 6 months that whole picture will change significantly from what I know. This is because Android as well as open source development on these pieces of equipment is moving at a tornadoes pace. The Droid 2 is being showcased now for Verizon (Pre-release), the "Scorpion" platform from HTC has already been seen or heard of as well, the EVO is out now (on Sprint who is for now the only 4G capable carrier in the US), and has been hacked (read oc'd here) to a 1.279 Ghz operational status, rather than the stock 1Ghz.

The OS of choice even in it's newest form 2.2 "Froyo", was hacked before release, and was even publicly available 3 day's prior. Intel and IBM as well as the maker's of Blackberry are also on mark for it. HP has even bought PALM who at one time was the biggest player in the associated smart device market by HP (funny turn of events I think should have happened years ago). HP is now as they already have been trying to incorporate a minimized OS model as well as full networking protocol resulting from that into all it's devices.

So basically what I am saying here is this market on all sides is moving so fast that one phone (even if it is the easiest of it's kind to be useful as well as recognized by the general public), is really not of any concern to me. This is because popular often dissipates as soon as it appeared even if it is warranted. The big thing here is mobility. The end winner here is going to be functionality by a device plus a carrier in combination.

The iPhone may be great, but the carrier (At&t) is also almost the most lacking in the market due to this, and there brilliant corporate planning. So Verizon has the strongest US network, seemingly Sprint is the number two player now in the US simply because they have 3G/4G. The number three spot capability wise is being tossed back and forth by all other carriers. This is also because of the iPhone being on a sadly planned network at least to some amount. So bragging or even expecting anything major because of a singular device right now is very short sighted.

If you compare this (Oh great another comparison) to the Apple, PC of old it still has the same flaws. The only difference I see is the fact that the OS of choice now or in the future is open source (Android and several other flavors), rather than Windows (and or a closed proprietary OS). In the end I think it will be the same as that Apple/PC battle of old. Apple will proclaim and believe they are the best period. An amount of the market will believe this and follow them until they fall again as they did then. Then the mobile data world will continue on in an open source model this time. That is unless HP is able to capitalize and become the next M$ with there freshly bought PALM OS which could happen, but I think has to many real opponents to become a reality.


This could also mean, that large media content providers such as ‘News Corp’ may decide to fill the gap left by O2 and AT&T’s withdrawal of unlimited usage and supply connections for legitimate Unlimited Downloads of both Movies and Music.

This could easily be done by applying the ‘Platform High Capacity Super Controller System’ via apps for the New Smart Phones and iPads etc. Murdoch’s alleged ‘New Unlimited Broadband’ has to be truly unlimited as it would be streaming HD and 3D movies, then News Corp could begin to corner the market, thus his share prices would rocket even more. Failure by other networks to upgrade sufficiently to cope with the ever-increasing demands would be to Murdoch’s advantage.  by restricting the Data Caps you restrict sales. Hence it is imperative that all Networks invest the new ‘High Capacity System’ or face losses and inevitable gridlock.

Obviously I am aware that resistance by Network Operators to apply my HC System is perhaps because it would give those who invest in HC, 'Global High Capacity Control of Global Networks'.

Signed Carl Barron

Systems Formalist Designer and Inventor

Chairman of agpcuk


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