Some of you out there might be finding yourself facing the same decision as I am…your Verizon contract is expiring, and it’s time to pick an awesome new phone so you can look cool and get chicks. Chicks like phones, right?
There’s a plethora of great Android phones on good ol’ Verizon Wireless, including the Incredible and the brand-new Droid X, not to mention the Droid 2 due out later this year. Yet, despite the fact that these phones are at least comparable (if not superior in some ways), I find myself sighing listlessly, staring out the window, and thinking about iPhones.
There have been rumors, rumors, and more rumors about the iPhone going to Verizon, especially in the past year with the release of the iPhone 4. There were theories about AT&T expanding its network capacity to prevent iPhone users from switching to Verizon, stories about a Verizon-compatible version being built for a September release (still a possibility), and even a mention from Steve Jobs that there’s a Verizon cell tower on Apple’s campus. Oh, and there’s the Verizon tattoo on Steve’s lower back.
But there’s a problem. AT&T has this thing called a contract. And as long as it stands, iPhones will be AT&T-only.
However, it seems as though there might be some loopholes. First off, the U.S. Copyright Office decided last week that unlocking/jailbreaking phones is no longer a federal offense…so you could legally put your iPhone on a compatible network like T-Mobile. Your data speeds, however, will go right down the crapper. Or, if you live in Canada, you can buy your iPhone contract-free and take it to whatever carrier you want.
There’s also this ZTE Peel 3G case, which connects to CDMA networks (Sprint is branded on the case, but Verizon is a possibility) and can act as a mobile hotspot…and can connect to your iPod Touch. Could this be a way to make your iPod Touch into a VOIP phone?
Meanwhile, Bloomberg has cited two unnamed sources who say that Verizon will get the iPhone in January. I always say, if you can’t trust shady, unnamed sources, who can you trust?