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September 25, 2009

Commentary: MMS finally comes to the iPhone

Posted: 11:57 AM ET

UPDATE: 2:09 p.m. Just updated the carrier profile for my phone via iTunes. I had to reboot, but MMS is now working and I have sent and received a few messages. Now that this is done - Bluetooth remote profile puhhhhleeeeese?

MMS (multi-media messaging) is finally going to be unlocked on the iPhone. ATT's Facebook Page says it should be out by "late morning" Pacific Time - translating to early afternoon for those of us in the Eastern Time zone.

If you can't wait till the update comes through, the iPhone blog has a nice walk through that might sate you for a few minutes.

But why do we care? (Besides the fact that it's a feature long available on practically every phone known to man.) You can e-mail pictures and videos from the iPhone already - and when you use email they usually get there. Plus, on cell phone networks, MMS can sometimes be a crapshoot.

The real reason this is a relief, IMHO (in my humble opinion), is the nasty way AT&T handles incoming MMS messages from friends.

Under the old MMS system, iPhone users received a text message, with a link, a message ID and a password. So not only did it require extra steps to see the message, it was as if the user interface was purposefully designed to keep you from seeing that cute picture of a bunny your friend just had to send you.

Of course, the new system comes with it own issues - mainly what the additional load of iPhone users sending and receiving MMS's will do to AT&T's seemingly already overtaxed network. PC World has a decent look at that issue (which I found via a tweet from @NPRALLTECH on Twitter).

So what are your thoughts? Is this a feature you were chomping at the bit for, something you don't think you'll ever use, or are you somewhere in between? (Personally I'm still waiting for the Bluetooth remote profile to work so I can change tracks via my Bluetooth headphone ...)

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kathie   September 25th, 2009 12:16 pm ET

I've been using an unlocked 3G iPhone for a few months now and have had MMS since 3.0 came out. Was very easy.. and it works fabulous. AT&T sucks.. I use T-Mobile and I love my service and phone.


spacetycho   September 25th, 2009 12:22 pm ET

"Is this a feature you were chomping at the bit for?" NO! I want video on my 3G.

Actually, I want a feature that makes AT&T less evil. They charge way too much for what I get. Their evilness is only trumped by Comcast, the most evil corporation in my world.

MAKE THE INTERNET FREE!!!


joe Rosado   September 25th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

tired of waiting for this feature, is it really going to be available today ?


Adam   September 25th, 2009 12:23 pm ET

Nevermind... you were right.


Harry   September 25th, 2009 12:27 pm ET

It's about time! That's what I think!!!


Lee Flier   September 25th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

It's not something I cared that much about. As the article says, it's not like you can't email photos and video to people anyway. I'm more interested in tethering being unlocked.


Andrew   September 25th, 2009 12:36 pm ET

MMS has been working fine on my blackberry on AT&T for almost a year now. I know the iphone is all shiny and hip, but its always funny to hear all the hype about these features that have been standard on other phones for a long time. Push, MMS, etc etc.


Jac   September 25th, 2009 12:37 pm ET

Amen to the full AVRCP support (Bluetooth AV remote controls). I could give a rats patooey about the MMS. But I know many who have been whining about this being left out since the first iterations of the iPhone was released.

Apple has a way of making something JUST shy of great. I love my iPhone and wouldn't go back to another type, but it still frustrates me when things, seemingly obvious, get left out without so much as a (truthful) reason why.


Buck   September 25th, 2009 12:38 pm ET

I'm a little P.O.'d that it wasn't included all along.


Lee   September 25th, 2009 12:42 pm ET

I believe the Jaybird bluetooth headphones allow for control of tracks and volume.


Danny   September 25th, 2009 12:43 pm ET

It's about time this feature was made available. I'm not saying I'm going to use it all the time, or even once a day, or once a week, but it's a convenience that has been around for years. AT&T takes a big black eye for the delay on this one, and then another black eye for promising it would be out in (late) summer. Last I checked it is now fall.

If rumors about the iPhone opening up to other networks then AT&T had better get on the ball and give its current iPhone customers a reason to stay on their network – and give potential new users a reason to come to them first!


j dogg   September 25th, 2009 12:45 pm ET

its just a ploy to make you think that at&t is working for that all that money we give them and not just siting around lining there pockets with our dollars.


Cory   September 25th, 2009 12:48 pm ET

I've had all 3 iPhone models, and I've been waiting for the MMS capability to kick in for over 2 years now!!...I'm faithful to Apple, but I can't stand AT&T and as soon as the iPhone goes to Verizon....well I'm off this shady network.


Becky   September 25th, 2009 12:57 pm ET

Seems like a stupid thing to be demanding if you can still e-mail the same items...and for those of you who are switching to Verizon, good luck with that. Calls are dropped constantly and terrible customer service.


viva corona   September 25th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

yeah right..fix the the network.


Tyler   September 25th, 2009 1:04 pm ET

I find it funny how spoiled you guys have all become. I mean, as of today you can take a picture on your phone, edit it, e-mail it, transfer it in a matter of 2 seconds to a computer, upload it to facebook or twitter, or set it as a caller ID picture all within a minute, and now your complaining that AT&T took too long to make it so you can text message it? Give me a break. Technology has come so far so fast that it's ridiculous but yet everyone complains that it took too long. Take a step back and realize how much power is in a phone already and compare it to what we had even ten years ago. Consider yourselves lucky that your alive and well enough to realize that you have way too much time on your hands to complain about something so meaningless, excess time you probably have because everything is so much easier and quicker to do now compared to 10 years ago. I realize it and I'm only 26. We are exceptionally lucky so stop complaining.


t   September 25th, 2009 1:06 pm ET

This was so frustrating when I would occasionally send a picture from my Instinct to a friends IPhone & she says she can't get it until she has to go & upload or whatever she had to do. What crap!


Ted   September 25th, 2009 1:09 pm ET

Same here. I'm tired of not receiving calls (Had SIM card replaced 3 times in last two months because I was not receiving calls). AT&T is AWFUL. Come on Verizon, get with it and do what you can to get this phone on your network. You will reap the rewards. As soon as that happens, watch as 99% of AT&T iphone users leave that day.


Lee   September 25th, 2009 1:12 pm ET

Yeah, I'm with Tyler. The iPhone is one of the greatest innovations ever and people whine about not having MMS messages.😀 Cracks me up. Go have fun doing all the awesome things you CAN do with your iPhone and be happy! Geesh.


Ryan   September 25th, 2009 1:19 pm ET

Yeah as soon as Verizon picks up iPhone I'm outta here too. Att sucks. I use my phone for business and get lots of dropped calls. My wife has a blackberry for work on Verizon and it is rock solid.


Tj   September 25th, 2009 1:21 pm ET

Some people dont relize the inconvience is more on the other side... Yes I can Email a picture to who ever I want but everyone that does not have an Iphone and has MMS sends me a pic via MMS and I dont recieve it and since I am on a family text plan I dont get the message to view it at the getmymessage site either its just like it never happened. I can control my side but not someone elses and if its someone that you may not talk to on a regular basis it could be months before you knew they tried to send a picture to you.


brlittle   September 25th, 2009 1:27 pm ET

I agree ATT service not great... Microcell will help with home reception, but really... should I have to use that in the first place. I did like Verizon better from a reception standpoint... but hate the way they crippled their phones with their own proprietary software... ask any razr phone user what I mean. Can't wait to see how they destroy the iphone when it becomes available to them.


Judy   September 25th, 2009 1:28 pm ET

Its not a matter of sending the stupid pics I take thru text messages. Its a matter of recieving the messages. I love my friends, but none of them have iphones! They send me pictures at least once a day from their very capable phones and I cant even be bothered to look them up online to see the pics cause its beyond annoying! It would just be easier to see the pic when its sent like everyone else with a phone can. I feel bad telling them "I cant see this, my Jesus-phone is a piece of crap, stop sending me pictures!"


bergamot   September 25th, 2009 1:31 pm ET

Yawn. Much ado about nothing.


HOWIE   September 25th, 2009 1:51 pm ET

Tyler has a point! I, though, am more interested in tethering. Now that's wor getitng excited about. i want to pay for access to the internet one time, and be able to share the connection between my iPhone and laptop. Seems so simple a request!


Peter   September 25th, 2009 1:55 pm ET

Even when I was receiving pictures on the old MMS system, the link, message ID and password never worked for me...I have been with ATT and its various iterations for 15 years...it's gone from bad to worse...stiffer competition will do wonders for cell phone networks...


Ted   September 25th, 2009 2:12 pm ET

I love the Iphone..It's AT&T I don't like.


J Hanson   September 25th, 2009 2:14 pm ET

AT&T is, hands down, the worst carrier in the world. I have wanted to smash my iPhone so many times, all for reasons attributed to AT&T's horrible service, rates, coverage, dropped calls, and on and on...LOATHING....can't wait for other carriers!


Atom   September 25th, 2009 2:32 pm ET

I've never had an issue with AT&T, and on the few occaisions i have had an issue, their customer service reps are always intelligent, speak fluid english, and are able to answer my question or address my concern extremely quickly. I'm not saying there aren't better carriers out there, but I have no reason to leave them. I also cannot live without my iPhone. It's my new appendage.


Mpicar   September 25th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

Make the internet free like the GPS service.


joey   September 25th, 2009 2:38 pm ET

The iphone is the Obama of phones

All hype, no substance


TC   September 25th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

I'm looking forward to MMS since I can't ever seem to get my messages to open now using the ID and password that comes with the message. I must be the only one here that has no problems with my iPhone or AT&T. I bought the 3GS the day it came out and I've only had a couple of dropped calls. As far as AT&T, I've had great luck with them in the 5 years I've been a customer.


jen*   September 25th, 2009 2:39 pm ET

I'm on Verizon and just have to say that calls do NOT get dropped any more than they are on any other network. I love the iPhone but I'm just waiting until it comes to VZ. Cuz I can't switch – I just can't/


jack   September 25th, 2009 2:43 pm ET

to all of you idiots out there, the iPhone is NEVER going to verizon. three reasons: 1. Verizon has their own music downloading service that they have been pushing for 4 years now. 2. verizon puts their own software on ALL of their phones (this is how they jacked up the blackberry storm). 3. apple will never let verizon do any tech support on their phones, this is why apple asks in their customer service menu on the phone. now SHUT UP about it going to verizon.


Eric   September 25th, 2009 2:50 pm ET

I love the iPhone 3GS! It's the best phone I've ever owned. I am glad MMS came out today. It was kind of embarressing when people had phones that don;t even come close to the iPhone and they were like "You can;t txt me a pic?"

I hope AT&T catches up with things. This is the only mark I'd put against them though. I've never had a drop call or loss of service and their customer saervice has been great for me so far.


anti-jack   September 25th, 2009 2:59 pm ET

To all of you idiots out there ...
::rolleyes::
Verizon will likely get the iPhone 4Q10 or so. Yes, it'll be a year from now, but when the ATT/APL exclusivity agreement ends in Summer 2010, you'd better believe that VZW will be moving to bring the iPhone over within a few months. (Obviously, those talks are already happening.)

Same deal with the Palm Pre ...the Palm/Sprint exclusivity deal ends 4Q09 – and VZW is slated to have the Pre available Feb 2010. (Sprint can squawk all they want about not letting it go – they don't have a choice when the contract expires.)

As for the VZW music DL service ...really? Someone out there believe's that'll be a deal breaker? Get serious. If the iPhone requires exclusive use of iTunes, then a VZW iPhone will get iTunes. End of story. VZW is a bit slow, but they aren't stupid.


Paul   September 25th, 2009 3:00 pm ET

iPhone WILL go to Verizon next year; just wait and see. Verizon will make millions when it does. This is practically a done deal. I can't wait to dump AT&T and their horrendous company – both technologically and politically.


Chris   September 25th, 2009 3:04 pm ET

I've just downloaded the update and MMS still doesn't work. I'm not sure if there is another App that is needed, but I still get the View My Messages crap.


Mitch   September 25th, 2009 3:08 pm ET

@Tyler

Your little rant is pretty lame. It is not like iPhone users are screaming for some cutting-edge technology. This is a feature that virtually every other phone already has. It is not only a matter of how we send our pictures. It is mostly how we receive MMS messages from other users. That POS workaround AT&T used was terrible. Really! A text message with a link and password just to look at a miniaturized copy of a phone pic! CRAP! And before the iPhone included copy/paste, you had to write down that stupid password or commit it to memory. MORE CRAP! Plus the picture would only show up about 60% of the time. Otherwise it was some error or message saying that the picture was no longer available.

I frequently edit and email pictures from my phone. But several of my friends are still on flip phones or do not have a solid data package. Emailing to them costs them money. Why should I be forced to do that because AT&T didn't want to step up and provide a service to their iPhone customers?


Jumaine   September 25th, 2009 3:45 pm ET

@Tyler

Thats that dumbest rant Ive ever read. Who cares how far technology has come in 10 years? I was sending MMS messages on my phone 3 years ago, its a feature Iphone should have had on day one.


Jeff   September 25th, 2009 3:59 pm ET

Leave it to apple to implement a feature thats 10 years old. I hear they just got copy/paste as well. Gee whiz. I'll stick to my much more powerful Windows phones that actually multitask.


Jason   September 25th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

spacetycho .... "MAKE THE INTERNET FREE"

You are either being sarcastic, or have zero idea what the internet actually is. Google, Yahoo, CNN and every other website isn't just floating out for you to go and see. It's housed on servers, connected by wires and routers. Your phone connects to this all through Cell Towers and GPS sattelites.

None of which is free.

So your choices are pay for internet service, or have network infrastructure included as a municiple service (like roads) in which case they'll just increase your taxes to pay for it.


grrrr   September 25th, 2009 4:28 pm ET

Great now both our iphones have it... Too bad MMS on my sons Sony Ericson we have with AT&T is not working now!!! AT&T said there was a couple of carrier updates for it and when that dident work she said there were service issues in our area on Long Island... wonderful


John in AZ   September 25th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

It doesn't work. It constantly fails. I can receive incoming messages just fine, but when I try to send them myself it doesn't do it. Whose fault is it? AT&T or Apple?


Los   September 25th, 2009 5:13 pm ET

Do u have to have 3.1 to get MMS?!


Another jack   September 25th, 2009 6:08 pm ET

For those who think the iPhone will go to Verizon next year....I think it's doubtful........

Verizon had first shot at the iPhone and turned it down (because Apple wanted to maintain too much control)….If Verizon really wants it they better be ready to write a big check up front (to appease Apple as well as offset the costs to develop a version that will run on Verizon’s CDMA network)…….and Apple will make sure the service agreements are almost identical, so don’t think you’re going to save a dime on monthly fees…..

Do you really think Verizon’s network will perform any better when they get all those iPhone converts surfing the internet 24/7…NO it won’t and Verizon knows it….. So why would Verizon put itself out there to get flamed like AT&T is getting now………

What does Apple have to gain from teaming with Verizon…….Nothing….they’ve got the “Killer App” when it comes to smart phones and the rest are also-rans…..

It might happen, but if it does it would demonstrate how desperate Verizon is to not be left behind…..


Jen   September 25th, 2009 6:24 pm ET

I am very excited that we FINALLY have this feature. Emailing a picture to my mom who doesn't own (and can't afford to) a computer isn't an option for me. Also, as the article suggests, going online to view a picture is really not worth it in the end. There were so many times my sister would send me a picture of my niece, but by the time I got the passwords etc to work, I was so mad I didn't care what the picture was – oh and you can't store the picture on your phone to look at whenever you want. Thus this was a long overdue and much needed feature.

P.S. I switched from Verizon to AT&T ONLY to have the iphone. I have had more dropped calls than I EVER had with Verizon. You better believe I will be switching back to Verizon as soon as it is possible.


TC   September 25th, 2009 10:42 pm ET

ATT is over price very greedy now that they have the Iphone.
They should have a internet family plan instead over pricing everything also the text greed greed greed.
can wait until my contract is over!!


Mike   September 26th, 2009 1:02 am ET

I used to work for a company called Startek,they are contracted by AT&T,to answer all your questions about your mobile bill and device along with providing customer service,which I must say if you don't already know is a bunch of LIES AND SCRIPTED.ATT already had the MMS FEATURE for the IPHONE along time ago but refused to release it to up their profits and customers.So all of you who have the iphone don't worry because Verizon will be picking up the apple contract soon and you can dump crappy ATT just as I have.


Jen   September 26th, 2009 1:38 am ET

I love my iPhone. I use it for everything except making calls. It's a wonderful tool but a lousy phone. AT&T will drop 70 percent of calls I try to make or receive, Some day I hope to ditch AT&T and actually have the iPhone work as a phone. Imagine that....


AntiBasher   September 26th, 2009 4:30 am ET

LET'S GET THIS STRAIGHT.

Lack of MMS ability was ****NOT**** an Apple iPhone deficiency.

Lack of MMS ability was AT&T deficiency.

Some of you people just love to try and spew BS and put down something you know little to nothing about.

I've got a friend with an Instinct 30 that tried to say the iPhone was a worthless 'brick' since he couldn't send me his pictures.

LOL. I'll put my 3GS up against any of these wanna-be iPhone clones and they will all get beat right down on features and capabilities.

The Palm Pre is the *only* phone even close to an iPhone in features, but as we all know falls short.

Keep tryin', bashers. You know you have the inferior product, but I guess it makes you feel good taking a whack at putting down what you don't have.

Sad.


Hank Castello   September 26th, 2009 7:28 am ET

I have no complaints with ATT. We live way out in the boonies and we travel a lot, so our iPhone gets tested and always comes through. I had Verizon once and they have the worst customer service – they act like hoodlums. Stick with ATT. And have no doubts that Verizon has had employees posting here!


joe smo   September 26th, 2009 11:49 am ET

At&t is the fault here. apple should have been fighting with them to enable this feature...the only reason they did? Att got sued! i have had att for 10 years now and i am VERY interested in switching to ANY service that offers the iphone other than att. no tethering though every ofther freakin country has it and NO 3g network where i live. i use the new phone on a 2g network!!!!! they have been "working on 3g" in my area for 5 freakin years. i have to pay the 3g data rate with NO 3g.


chase w   September 26th, 2009 12:35 pm ET

I think it's very interesting to hear of everyone waiting anxiously for the iPhone to be available from other carriers other than AT&T because of service issues, like there is any other carrier that could currently handle the HUGE increase in bandwidth that iPhone users cause. I'm not saying that AT&T is perfect by any means, but put a million mini-computers on any network and there are going to be issues. Verizon may never get the iPhone even when other carriers get it because they use a different, older technology than everyone else and Apple would have to build one specifically for them.


Alex N   September 26th, 2009 1:50 pm ET

MMS works great on my 3GS since yesterday. Video and Pics. Article writer has no idea on how to use it maybe??? Thanks AT&T


VzW Junky   September 27th, 2009 3:15 am ET

For those of you that have the iPhone and b!tch about not having messaging get over yourselves! I'm with Tyler also! PS I have had all of the big name cell service providers including sprint, att and am currently verizon. VERIZON has amazing customer service and I'm pretty sure every time I've called the 800 # or 611...I get an AMERICAN not some dude in India calling himself John for the day. VZW slipped up by not getting the iPhone to begin with, I can only hope that they can get a contract next year like rumor has it. I will drop my BB curve in a second for iPhone but will never leave VZW!


Chris   September 27th, 2009 6:09 am ET

@Tyler

Best comments ever Tyler!. C'mon! people get a life. Iphone is great and so are other phones! stop complaining. Tech is great and we keep getting better!


Bruce   September 27th, 2009 1:02 pm ET

Well it's about time that AT&T added this feature, but I can understand why they didn't. The iPhone user community uses triple the amount of data that any other community of phone owners use such as blackberry. The iPhone would of taxed any network carrier in the country. We would be complaining about Verizon right now if the iPhone would of been brought to them first. All those of you that hope Verizon gets the iPhone will be really disappointed when your current iPhone is completely worthless. The iPhone will have to be completely redesigned to work with Verizon. Verizon's network is not compatible with the rest of the world because it works on old CDMA technology. Apple doesn't really want to make 1 version for Verizon and 1 version for everyone else. I've had all 3 carriers(Verizon, AT&T, Sprint/Nextel), one has never been better than the other. It all depends on where you live which one works the best.


andrew   September 27th, 2009 2:11 pm ET

Verizon will NOT get the iPhone for one critical reason. Verizon's network is not GSM. The iPhone has only come to networks the support the standard. I'm not sure Apple would put in a different cell radio in for only one network. T-Moble will be the next as all that changes is a SIM card and not hardware.


Talal   September 27th, 2009 6:22 pm ET

I always seeing iPhone as a window game for internet & games, not more not less ..go & try RIM recent innovations the BB STORM its cooler.

BB is a real phone with much more features that give you the relax of use even with a lousy operator

cheers!


Menno Aartsen   September 27th, 2009 8:31 pm ET

Umm, OK, so y'all are waiting for the Verizon iPhone, so you can have one that is much much better and can only be used in North America and Aruba? I noticed in London, yesterday, on my way back here, that my Nokia 6110 Navigator now gets 3.5G there (the 3.5G upgrade, 7,200 Mbps, has been available since 2007). And MMS. And video calling. And Outlook interoperability. And the South China Morning Post. And interactive subway maps. And independent GPS. And doesn't drop calls. No, it's not a handheld Macintosh. Who needs a handheld Macintosh?


Tony   September 27th, 2009 11:49 pm ET

According to Verizon, they are not getting the Palm Pre.


sally   September 27th, 2009 11:54 pm ET

@ yinz guys:

iphones are soooo cool. wow. did you guys see the new harry potter movie?


CyberMonkey   September 28th, 2009 9:24 am ET

For all those that are complaining about dropped calls and such. From what I have seen while I was at Sprint (currently with AT&T) and all my friends have a variety of the different carriers. Dropped calls are not one sided by any of the carrier.
I rarely had a dropped call with Sprint, since being with AT&T, I rarely have a dropped call (and I have a better signal at my house with AT&T).
So if you are having dropped calls, it's probably the area you are in when the call drops. Cause I am sure some of you know, there are areas that are dominated by the cell towers for one company while the others barely have any towers in that area (that would effect dropped calls and signal strength).


Thomas   September 28th, 2009 4:38 pm ET

Ummm...it's an iPhone; of course it fell and will continue to fall short. Wow, just now being able to MMS? Really don't and never did understand the bandwagoning. If it performed as well as a Blackberry with the same design as the iPhone (fingers crossed for the Storm 2), it would be a hit with everyone, not just snot nosed teens and adults who still order off the value menu at McDonalds.


Thomas   September 28th, 2009 4:46 pm ET

The iPhone is the George Bush of phones:

All lies and no truth!

Even the President has common sense and rolls with a Blackberry!


Tim   September 28th, 2009 5:40 pm ET

Why no MMS on the original iPhone? I was looking forward to this feature, only to find out I'm not getting it.


Angry Hawaiian In LA   September 28th, 2009 9:46 pm ET

I am fed up with AT&T's sorry service. Half the time my phone never gets reception. They blame Apple, Apple blames them. WTF!!

AT&T would be doomed without the iPhone. If we started a petition of pissed off AT&T customers I'd be the first one on that looooooong list.

I wish I bought the unlocked TMobile version.


YOY   September 29th, 2009 3:30 pm ET

Read what Tyler had to say:) just shut up people! There are bigger problems to fix.


carlos   September 30th, 2009 3:10 am ET

My I phone 3g recently broke and my upgrade is next month. In the mean time I purchased a $29 go phone, slipped my SIM card in, and changed my plan from $110 to $50. I miss my I phone but with the way the economy is right now I think I am going to keep the down graded phone for a while and possibly switch providers after my contract.


Deez   September 30th, 2009 3:47 pm ET

"The Iphone will never come to Verizon"....Funny, thats what alot of people thought about Vodaphone not getting it in the UK.....

2ndly. LTE will be here soon enough. For thoose that want a better network, buy the LTE Version of the Iphone when its launched at set up shop at Verizon.

Lastly...DoJ hasnt been addressed yet regarding exclusive devices for cell carriers.

Never say never.


Deez   September 30th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

I have read many comments on this and you may need to get your facts straight.

A) Verizon did turn down apple. Verizon was approached by Apple 1st to put this phone on the network. Due to whatever reason it was decluved by verizon, so apple went to AT&T.

B) CDMA is not the "Old Technology". CDMA has many advantageous benefits over GSM. Simultaneous data/voice sessions anyone? Is GSM newer than CDMA in age? Yes. Is it better? Depends on if your going to use a smart device to its full extent and utilize alot of data. If so, CDMA IMO is a better choice.

C) There are too many factors to say if / when / how / verizon will get the Iphone. Contstructing one would be the most difficult part. Its not shortness of chipsets, more so the companies that have patents regarding CDMA technology allowing other companies into the fray. Espically ones that are rivals.

D) Which would lead me to why you wont see a CDMA version of the Iphone. They are going to have to work there tail off to get one ready for LTE. Once the LTE version is completed they will need to probally create 2 diffrent versions. One that is pure LTE, the other that is dual band allowing GSM and LTE as most carriers wont flip the switch in one single day.

E) Lastly, regarding network. The amount of data that an Iphone user uses over another subscriber has to be atleast 4 to 5 times the amount. Verizon wouldnt be stupid enough to ask to inidate its network that it currently has. They acquired coast to coast 700Mhz liscense to launch LTE. They plan on flipping it on all at one time.

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2008/03/fcc-releases-70/

In closing. Imo smart on verizons part not to go after this until LTE. Getting a share on 8 million customers and maybe taking 50% of them from ATT to inidate the rest of your data network would be a bad move upsetting your current customers.

Do it when ya have the bandwith to support it.

D) T


Calo   October 2nd, 2009 12:10 am ET

I've fooled around with a friend's T-Mo Android. I don't know what plans he has but I was impressed with tethering, and the Adroid's version of market. So many good things for free. There's also news that some Android phone is coming to Sprint and I'm going to check that out. if anything else, I believe these providers don't drop 3 – 4 calls for every 10 calls made. That's been my experience with my beautiful, wonderful iPhone. I can't believe I was lured into this crazy plan – a beautiful phone that works the way Apple wants it to work and tied to a provider who won't admit that their service totally sucks! – too bad.


Dana   October 3rd, 2009 10:29 pm ET

Do you all realize that if Verizon does get the Iphone next year that means we all wil have to not only pay $150 to get out of our ATT contracts but also another 200-300 for another new Iphone. This phone will not work on the Verizon network. I love my Iphone and can't imagine being without it, I have some service issues with AT&T with dropped calls, but Verizon has dropped calls as well, but I really don't want to be forced to buy ANOTHER Iphone. I am hoping if this happens they give us a years notice so that we all don't renew our contracts with AT&T that we can not get out of with out paying a fee.

That will not make me that happy!


mike   October 3rd, 2009 11:00 pm ET

Im surprised att didnt have massive lawsuits come out when the new apple 3g phone was hyped to be able to use this feature and theathering all along..

what a disgrace.


john   October 5th, 2009 6:09 am ET

doesnt work with us old 2g users😦


DP   October 5th, 2009 12:10 pm ET

Remember that if you get a Verizon iphone and don't like the service your stuck with a brick. Verizon has total control of the phones it sells to everyone but people are so dumb they don't realize that. Sprint has the same control but the rest of the providers use SIM cards. All networks have problems and if you think that Verison or any others are not going to have issues with the Iphone network rush. HA good luck. Not saying that ATT is the best but nothing is free. Better stick with a known problem then exploring the same new issues. Don't be so quick to switch. Wait and see Its all the same. MARKETING 101 we are just suckers and fall for it eveytime.


Gary (PA)   October 13th, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Hank, I absolutely agree with you. I had Verizon and left due to their customer service. I had a a phone ready for upgrade, my wife's phone was about 2 months from an upgrade. I wanted a Storm, she wanted a Curve. So I called them and they would not budge. 'Oh I can upgrade you now, but your wife will have to wait. So how do you want to pay.' You would think in this economy, they would want to keep customers. Instead they lost our land-line and cell phone business, so now we do not pay Verizon anything. Of course I hung up on her, then switched to ATT (iPhones) and have had no more dropped calls than I did with Verizon.


porkchop   October 23rd, 2009 12:27 pm ET

I wish they would allow Americans o do what every other country does already – give their people unlocked phones so we can do what we want with them. I'm tired of paying for stuff that should be free like Navigation (ie VZ Navigator) and what not.

Also, the most evil company (even more evil than AT&T or Comcast) is Ticketmaster! Talk about a Monopoly!!!


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