Yay… starting next week, AT&T iPhone users will be able to share their iPhone’s 3G data connection with up to five devices via a personal Wi-Fi hotspot. Read the full details at Macworld.com.
As a thank you for not jumping ship, AT&T is offering existing iPhone customers 1,000 free rollover minutes. All you have to do to get them is text, “YES”, to 11113020 by March 31st, 2011. It should also be noted that by sending this text, you’re opting in to receive future offers. But hey, it’s 1,000 free minutes, and you can always opt out again later.
I actually really like this new campaign by T-Mobile. I would go as far as to say they’re slightly brilliant, as the ads manage to say they’re the best, without saying anything negative at all about the iPhone or Apple. You can tell, they totally want to sell the iPhone. If this campaign lasts long enough, I bet we’ll see the iPhone guy hookup with the T-Mobile girl.
It was really no big surprise, but Verizon officially announced today that they are finally getting the iPhone. It will go on sale February 10th, 2011.
Personally, I don’t have any plans to switch right now. But, if you’ve been waiting for your chance to jump from AT&T to Verizon, there are a few important things you need to know before pulling out your wallet:
- If you already have an iPhone, kiss it goodbye. You can’t take it with you. You’ll have to buy a new one from Verizon.
- Because Verizon uses a CDMA network, their version of the iPhone will not allow you to use voice and data simultaneously the same way AT&T’s GSM network does.
- Due to some slight variations in the iPhone itself, many iPhone 4 cases may not fit your new Verizon iPhone.
Personally, I won’t even consider switching until the iPhone 5 comes out. Hopefully Apple will release it on both carriers at the same time, and the Verizon version will use LTE (their next-generation network). If Apple holds to their previous pattern, we should see the iPhone 5 around mid-year.