Verizon Adds iPhone Lookalike In Challenge To Apple
October 4, 2007, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Apple, EDGE, EVDO, iPhone, LG, Verizon

Verizon today unveiled it’s version of the LG Voyager, an iPhone like touch screen candy bar/clamshell which opens to a full keyboard. Verizon retails salespeople were positively giddy today to be able to point to an iPhone-like device which they will have available “in a few months”. “We’re getting 5 million questions a day about the iPhone” according to one…it’ll be nice to have something to offer. In addition to the QWERTY keyboard the Voyager will also benefit from Verizon’s EVDO data network, which sports speeds often 5X that of AT&T’s EDGE, the only available option for iPhone owners in the US.
LG Voyager

Full announcement at InformationWeek among others….

Vodafone Denies It Is Planning a Bid for Verizon
July 16, 2007, 4:52 pm
Filed under: Verizon, Vodafone

Vodafone today denied that it plans to make a bid for the 55% of Verizon Wireless that it does not already own.  A blog associated with Financial Times had reported that unnamed sources had confirmed a $160 billion bid for Verizon Communications, Vodafones partner in Verizon Wireless.

LG VX9400 TV Phone
July 2, 2007, 12:59 pm
Filed under: LG, TV phone, Verizon, VX9400

LG VX9400 TV PhoneOne of the coolest new phones of 2007 is definitely the LG VX9400 a swivel screen TV phone designed to utilize Verizon’s VCast TV service, and Qualcomm’s MediaFLO technology. One of several new phones to offer “Live” broadcast TV, the VX9400 is perhaps the most hyped, but its swivel-to-lanscape QVGA screen is distinctive, and the picture quality is excellent.

Verizon is offering an extensive lineup of braodcast TV partners including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, NBC News, NBC Entertainment, CBS and Fox, but the service is available only in select Verizon markets…with more on the way.

Hollywood Seeks Ways to Fit Its Content Into the Realm of the iPhone
June 24, 2007, 11:59 pm
Filed under: Apple, AT&T, iPhone, media, Motorola, Nokia, Sprint, Verizon

Apple’s iPhone may open up both Hollywood and cellular carriers to the mobile phone as a platform for media. This is a very US centric piece from the NY Times which seems to credit Apple for advances in multimedia and technology that have been pioneered by Nokia, Motorola and others. The major US carriers are blamed for delays in advances, but Apple is riding in to the rescue…..

Please. The Apple iPhone will be far from the first mobile phone to incorporate Wifi, to use a touch screen, to play full length movies or incorporate Hollywood content in the phone. U.S. carriers are delaying the adoption of much of the technology that has already rolled out in Europe and Asia, but they’re also rolling out multimedia features the iPhone doesn’t have and are providing comprehensive multimedia offerings like live TV, combined with full featured music and video stores with one click ease.

Yes, it’s a beautiful phone. Yes it has some unique design elements, but come on people. At least look at what is already on the market before you crank out insipid articles about innovative features that aren’t actually innovative/

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