NFL to stream playoffs and superbowl to web and mobile devices

by Justin Horn on Dec 20th, 2011 @ 9:17 pm

CNN Tech:

The upcoming wild card games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl — TV’s most-watched annual event — will be streamed for free to computers on NFL.com and NBCSports.com.

That’s the good news. The bad is for mobile devices it’s Verizon only, plus there is an extra fee for non LTE devices like the iPhone and iPad:

Verizon smartphones with a high-speed 4G LTE data plan can stream the games through the NFL Mobile app for free, a spokeswoman for the carrier said. Mobile devices with 3G service, such as the iPhone, iPad or older smartphones, require a $10-per-month Verizon Video subscription, she said.

I’m on AT&T for my iPhone and have a WIFI only iPad, I’ll be watching on the old fashion DVR and HDTV.

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AT&T to add unlimited Mobile to Any Mobile calling February 10th (Updated 2x)

by Justin Horn on Feb 9th, 2011 @ 12:22 pm

UPDATE Ars Technica confirmed with AT&T spokesperson Seth Bloom, the qualifying voice plans include Nation 450 and 900, or FamilyTalk 700 or higher.

UPDATE 2 BGR got their hands on the internal memo with the details:

Looks like AT&T is getting a bit more nervous about losing its precious iPhone subscribers, with their above average monthly bills, to Verizon.

Loop Insight:

According to AT&T, unlimited calling to any mobile number is available to customers with an unlimited messaging plan and a qualifying voice plan. You’ll have to check to see if your current voice plan is supported for the new feature.

You can check if qualify for this new plan starting tomorrow on AT&T website: http://www.att.com/anymobile


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Details on the Verizon iPhone antenna death grip fix

by Justin Horn on Jan 13th, 2011 @ 5:16 pm

AntennaSys believes the new Verizon iPhone utilizes a new design to avoid the old, “non-existent”, I have no bars when I hold the phone in my left hand issue.

Spencer Webb from AntennaSys:

The SIM slot is gone, since it’s not a GSM phone.  That frees up a bunch of real estate on the PC Board.  Did Apple move the WiFi antenna (and probably also the GPS antenna) to the PC Board, under the rear glass?  I think so.

In their FCC filing, Apple describes the WiFi antenna as a “PIFA”.  This stands for Planar Inverted-F Antenna.  I would never describe the “frame” antenna using those terms.  So, this seems to support the theory.

Spencer also believes that with the extra space on the antenna band, from moving the WiFi and GPS antenna to the board, the band could now support two GSM antennas, to utilize ”antenna diversity”.

From the Wiki on antenna diversity:

Any one of several wireless diversity schemes that use two or more antennas to improve the quality and reliability of a wireless link.

This would allow the phone to switch between the two antennas, depending on which one has a stronger signal…the side that isn’t touching your greasy palms.

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Verizon iPhone coming February 10th

by Justin Horn on Jan 11th, 2011 @ 11:18 am

Well Verizon just announced they are going to sell the CDMA iPhone 4 starting next month, but their website already spilled the beans on the exact date, February 10th.

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Verizon iPhone to go on pre-sale November 9th? Probably not.

by Justin Horn on Nov 3rd, 2010 @ 11:43 pm

TUAW is reporting that the Verizon iPhone may be available for pre-sale orders on November 9th. I know I’ve doubted all the rumors so far, but after Verizon started selling the iPad I’ve become more open minded to the idea. Still though, this doesn’t seem very Apple like. I wouldn’t imagine Apple announcing a new CDMA iPhone, especially a Verizon iPhone, without having a big press event.

Remember also that all the most recent, more concrete, rumors have stated that the “vPhone” would be shipping early next year. I highly doubt Apple would allow Verizon to pre-sale the new phone so far in the future. If it’s going to happen, I believe Apple will have a big press event sometime in January to announce the phone and its release day. Any pre-sales would be, at most, 2 weeks before the product is available.

TUAW later updated the post stating that this is the same day the Motorola Droid Pro is set for release, that’s what I’m putting my money on.

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Sorry WSJ, the iPhone is not coming to Verizon in January

by Justin Horn on Oct 6th, 2010 @ 2:45 pm

As I’m sure you’ve read on 20 or so other Apple blogs by now, the Wall Street Journal is reporting on rumors of a Verizon iPhone:

Apple Inc. plans to begin mass producing a new iPhone by the end of 2010 that would allow Verizon Wireless to sell the smartphone early next year, said people briefed by Apple.

The new iPhone would be similar in design to the iPhone 4 currently sold by AT&T Inc. but would be based on an alternative wireless technology called CDMA used by Verizon, these people said. The phone, for which Qualcomm Inc. is providing a key chip, is expected to be released in the first quarter of next year, according to the same people.

Quoting myself form an August 11th post responding to John Gruber’s CDMA iPhone article:

I offer a third argument, Verizon and Apple themselves. I ignored this before because I was so caught up with technical side of it, but I think this is the strongest reason for no Verizon iPhone. We know how stubborn Apple has been with the iPhone control already, letting AT&T know who is running the show. The issue here is Verizon is just as stubborn and powerful. Great example of this is Verizon, not the handset manufactures, owns the Droid name. Gruber joked today on The Talk Show: Episode 3, that a Verizon iPhone deal could fall apart because Apple says no to the Verizon logo on the back of the iPhone…it’s funny because it could be true. Also, don’t forget that Verizon has publicly bashed the iPhone with their Droid Does campaign and have very strong ties to Google (net neutrality anyone?). Remember this is the “the summer of Droid”.

As I wrote in August, I do believe a CDMA iPhone is coming, but not on Verizon. I’ll believe it when I see it.

UPDATE John Gruber brought up the point that the WSJ wasn’t saying the iPhone was coming to Verizon, just that they are making a CDMA iPhone…although I got the feeling they specifically meant a Verizon iPhone.

Now Jonathan S. Geller (aka Boy Genius) just tweeted:

Heard that WSJ will be clarifying that Verizon will indeed launch the iPhone, not just that it will be CDMA-compatible

Guess my feeling was right and still think WSJ is wrong.

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