It’s sleek, it has apps and it’s running on “America’s largest and most reliable network.” Folks, I got my hands on what could be Verizon’s iPhone.
It comes in a larger size — up to 32 gigabytes! It also includes a separate battery for the modem and it’s even slightly smaller than last year’s version, though it has a bulky 3G modem attached to the back.
Of course, the phone isn’t perfect. Sometimes the modem falls off so I suggest using either Krazy Glue or Velcro to bind the two pieces together. And you have to use one of those Voice-over-Internet Protocol services, like Skype, to make phone calls.
But with that special modem, the phone turns into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot so you and four friends can surf the Internet on laptops, iPod Touches or other Wi-Fi devices anywhere, including traveling at 65 mph on the Interstate. In a test, I had three friends mooching off its wireless Internet!
Okay, yes, I’m obviously joking. Verizon isn’t coming out with an iPhone, although there have been plenty of rumors this week, including a non-denial from Verizon officials. But with Sprint releasing the Palm Pre tomorrow and Apple potentially announcing an updated iPhone next week, I thought it would be fun to show you how to build your own iPhone on the Verizon network.
I’ve been playing with Verizon’s new MiFi 2200, a mobile hotspot mentioned on the blog earlier (see “Wi-Fi hot-spot on the go for $15/day“). When I held it next to an iPod Touch, I realized, hey, I’m holding a Verizon iPhone! The above scenario is completely real, but, of course, this isn’t an iPhone. I’ll post my full MiFi review later (hopefully) today. UPDATE: The review IS IN!
Lots more images below…
While the initial price of $329 to $499 will set you back more than AT&T’s iPhone, the monthly price is much lower, at $40 to $60/month. That’s cheaper than, er, everyone else who sells an iPhone. You can also pay as you go for $15/day.
|Last year’s iPhone||Verizon ‘iPhone’|
|Height:||4.5 inches||4.3 inches|
|Width:||2.4 inches||2.4 inches|
|Depth:||0.48 inch||0.73 inch|
|Weight:||4.7 ounces||6.1 ounces|
|Screen||3.5-inch Multi-Touch display||same|
|Resolution||480-by-320 at 163 ppi||same|
|Capacity||8 or 16 GB||8, 16, 32 GB|
|Battery||24 hours audio||36 hours audio|
|Price||$199, $299||$329, $399, $499
(after $50 rebate)
|$70 w/ 2 year contract||$40 w/ 2-year contract|
Until then, catch up on some older stories: