The iPhone 5 has been out on the market for roughly seven months, but the phone has never seen a big discount on any of the carriers. However, that could change very soon, as it's rumored that Verizon will be discounting the iPhone 5 by $100 starting at mid-month. This could possibly hint that a new iPhone model is incoming, as Verizon looks to possibly clear some inventory to make room for new stuff.
If you've got yourself one of the earliest shipments of the iPhone 5 for Verizon, you may be amongst the crowd of people who saw their data bill go through the roof - the carrier is now responding to this situation. What Verizon and Apple have noted today is that there is indeed an error which makes data costs rise even when wi-fi is being utilized - Verizon has also mentioned that the cost of this "unwarranted cellular data use" will not be showing up on your bill - now we've got to find out how that's going to happen.
The iPhone 5 has been out for a little over a week now, and we've already seen some issues arise. Of course, the Apple Maps debacle was certainly up there and caused a lot of frustration for users. However, on the carrier end, some Verizon users are reporting that 3G data has been active even when WiFi is enabled. Verizon has now issued a fix for this.
When the first iPhone 4S story was written here on SlashGear announcing said device, it was entitled iPhone 4S World Phone revealed - as it turns out, that doesn't mean the same thing to all carriers here in the United States. What we've got for you here is an official statement from Verizon outlining exactly how their iPhone 4S can be unlocked, just as it should be, when you're planning on traveling abroad. On the other hand, Sprint today confirms that they have no such plans to reveal the process to unlock their iPhone 4S because with them, no such ability exists!
According to market research firm NPD, thanks to the Verizon iPhone 4 launch, Apple has now become the third-largest mobile phone brand in the U.S. Sales for Apple's smartphones have reached 14 percent of the U.S. market, ranking them ahead of HTC, Motorola, and RIM. Only Samsung and LG come ahead with 23 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
We like comScore they provide good data and shed light into the real world market statistics of the mobile industry. Today they released their latest data from the comScore MobiLens service, which reports key trends in the mobile industry using a three month average.
Highlights of their survey of 30,000 U.S. mobile subscribers found Samsung to be the top handset manufacturer overall with 24.8 percent market share. Not surprisingly, Google Android led among smartphone platforms with 33.0 percent market share. The report also points out that the Apple Verizon iPhone was the most acquired handset in February.
Oh YouTube, you've got the strangest and most wonderful things crawling around your innards. Today we've got a look at what appears to be a Verizon iPhone 4 which, just like it's AT&T buddy, is both capable of being unlocked and has successfully been switched over to a different carrier. In this case it's the cutest carriers, Cricket. The proof is in the pudding as the user dials CDMA programming number *228 showing the real truth behind that lovely little display. Good guts!
Verizon may have sold 1m CDMA iPhone 4 handsets in the first weekend, according to one analyst report, but the number of users crossing over from AT&T to the new version is still unclear. AT&T CEO Ralph de la Vega told the WSJ that "We haven't seen any surprises" and that "everything is pretty much within our expectations" but declined to state any specific figures.
Many people pointed to the lack of physical lines outside stores on Verizon iPhone launch day as a sign that the device was not going to sell well. Most of us reporting on the lack of lines that day pointed to the fact that pre-orders for the iPhone appeared to be strong and was most likely a primary reason for the lack of lines.
Over the weekend Verizon CEO Dan Mead informed the media that over 60% of their iPhone 4 sales were from pre-orders. Early analyst reports from JP Morgan estimated pre-order volumes were in the 600,000 range. That would mean the total sales on the first weekend were around or slightly above 1 million.