Verizon exploring ways to charge users based on speed; 4G iPhone 5 due in February?

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac“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.]

22 Comments

  1. I bet the overall quality of Walmart and Sam’s club customers is the reason why they were able to get the iPad too.

    Oh yes, because of LTE they got the iPad. It’s not like they got an exclusive deal or anything, or apple changed the guts to make it work with verizon.

    This is a negotiation ploy and put pressure on Apple to cave in to “align their technology in line with theirs”.

    Oh at least they are honest that they are looking for the best financial way to screw the customer over.

  2. The Government should file for an injunction for telcos that state they have 4G service. No carrier in the US has 4G and won’t have for several years in all likelihood. Even LTE which Verizon and AT&T is moving to has the capability of being 4G but the speeds max will not exist in the US for quite a while.

    Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile are all referring to their present or “in-the-near-future” all call it 4G. Only AT&T correctly calls their new HSPA+ service 3G. T-Mobile has the exact same service and calls it 4G and HSPA+ will never be 4G.

    What has happened to Truth in Advertising???

  3. My friend of mine just told me yesterday how his wife somehow rang up over $300 in phone bills last month because she can’t control her usage and call when it’s free, like nights, weekends and in network.

    Cell phones are scams like credit and debit cards, you go into them thinking you can control them and your behavior consistently all the time, but find out you can’t.

    Of course the teleco’s don’t put a nice constant reminder on the screen how many minutes one has left for the month so one can control their usage, why should they when they want you to go over?

    What we really need is a new technology that makes ugly, expensive cell phone towers obsolete. With plenty of cheap and numerous mini-towers everywhere will open up a lot of bandwidth, thus stop this insane madness.

  4. I’ve got this awful feeling like I’m going to f*%@#d out of the iPhone a second time.

    The reason I can’t get one now is that I have no AT&T coverage. If an LTE only iPhone were released, I may not be able to get one again since I’m not in one of the blessed 38 cities with Verizon 4G.

    Does anybody know if these LTE devices are backward compatible with CDMA?

  5. No one should be surprised that telcos are looking at new pricing models. They have a highly capitalized service that they have to monetize. I think it is foolish, however, for these guys to publically mull over their options. Figure out what it is you want to sell me, tell me what it will cost, and I will decide to buy it or not.

  6. …”They’re all doing it. AT&T is no different.

    That may be true, but there is a major difference here. Verizon is an undisputed champion of the world in nickel-and-diming their customers. No other carrier forces handset makers to disable the USB side-loading of your own music, MIDI (ringtones), pictures and videos. On many Verizon phones, you can’t even copy pictures you took yourself from your phone back to your computer — Verizon will charge you for that feature!

    There is no dispute here that all carriers are trying to squeeze every cent they possibly can from their customers, but Verizon is in a whole new category when it comes to that. Their creativity in ways to do this is unparalleled in the world.

  7. And so it begins. For the past several years, the hue and cry over iPhone/ATT exclusivity has been deafening . . . and worse. “If only T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, etc., etc., etc., were available, we’d all be SO happy!

    Yeah, right. Just wait, Verizon folks. Just wait. This ain’t gonna be pretty.

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