Verizon Keeps 3G Pricing for Xoom 4G Data… For Now

February 24, 2011

Well the Motorola Xoom is officially out in the wild at Verizon Wireless, and while it may very well be the first “real 4G” tablet to hit the market you will still have to wait to find out if there are any additional charges waiting for anyone who wants to use the Xoom on Verizon’s faster LTE network.

The Xoom in back row, part of the 10 consumer LTE devices Verizon announced at CES. Credit: Sidecut Reports.

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Wanted: One Data Plan to Rule Them All

February 13, 2011

The big Mobile World Congress show hasn’t even really started yet and already we are swamped with news of new superphones, tablets and pads, all vying to become the next big thing in wireless. The problem is, no matter how cool, fast or fun each one is, no single device can perfectly answer the needs of all our mobile Three Cs: Communicating, Creating and Consuming. But if we had one data plan to use across all types of devices? That would be something to write home about.

No pad or tablet will ever handle calls as well as a phone, and few phone-size devices can match tablets or pads for making content consumption so pleasurable; and there’s still nothing that really tops a full-feature laptop with its full-sized keyboard for being able to create content on the go. That’s why I subscribe to the theory that says most mobile professionals will soon own a “stack” of mobile devices, each with a singular purpose. Device manufacturers and service providers alike are out there now, nodding their heads, saying Yes! Please let it be so!

But what’s needed to make that happen quickly is a brave mobile carrier to be a trailblazer and provide a single data plan that covers multiple devices, allowing a user to spend their “bucket of bits” via the device, the time and the manner of their choosing. Otherwise, the device stack option is going to remain something that only the budget-rich can afford, and many cool devices will fall by the wayside simply because there isn’t enough reason for folks to sign up for yet another expensive 2-year contract with big early termination fees.

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Will Verizon’s iPhone Pass the SXSW Test?

January 26, 2011

Some quick thoughts and analysis on what may or may not be the final pricing plans for Verizon’s upcoming iPhone and its embedded Wi-Fi hotspot capability — and why we think the upcoming South by Southwest geekfest will be a big real-world test for Verizon’s network capabilities:

Unlimited? Get it While You Can! Despite a lot of wonderfully insightful commentary about why they shouldn’t, Verizon Tuesday confirmed that it would indeed offer an unlimited data plan for the iPhone upon launch — and then immediately backtracked a bit, saying it might only last a little while, whatever that means. As Karl Bode and others pointed out it does make sense for Verizon to offer such a plan chiefly to entice all the folks with older “unlimited” iPhone plans with AT&T to switch and become a new, long-term contract Verizon customer. Our take? If you really want an iPhone from Verizon by all means sign up for the unlimited plan if you can, because it won’t last.

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