“Top executives at Verizon Communications Inc. are exploring ways to charge consumers based on the speed of their wireless data connection in addition to the amount of data they use,” Roger Cheng and Shayndi Raice report for The Wall Street Journal.
“Chief Executive Ivan Seidenberg said in an interview that such a pricing change would be made possible by the carrier’s migration to a fourth-generation, or 4G, network. The network, which promises higher top speeds, will be available in 38 cities by year end. Mr. Seidenberg said, however, the carrier hasn’t committed to any plans yet,” Cheng and Raice report. “U.S. carriers are beginning to tinker with the limits of how many websites, videos and songs a person can download each month on their cellphone. But Verizon is considering another option: delivering faster data speeds at premium prices.”
“Mr. Seidenberg is expected to unveil a number of such 4G devices at the Consumer Electronic Show in January, and said he expects the first phone to come out in February, ahead of the company’s prior target of the first half of the year,” Cheng and Shayndi Raice report. “He added the company has been pushing hard to accelerate the development of products, and said there would be more 4G devices in the market than expected.”
Cheng and Shayndi Raice report, “Mr. Seidenberg said his embrace of LTE has drawn the interest of Apple Inc., and helped Verizon get the iPad. But he didn’t comment on when Verizon might get the iPhone. ‘If the iPhone comes to us, it’s because Apple thinks it’s time,’ he said. ‘Our interests are beginning to come together more but they have to take steps to align their technology with ours.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Let the “4G iPhone 5 due in February” rumors commence!
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Arline M.” for the heads up.]