It seems like a week doesn’t go by without some kind of rumor regarding the release of the iPhone on Verizon, and last week was no exception. However, last week’s rumor was started by none other than Verizon itself. At a Goldman Sachs conference last week, Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg said that they would love to carry the iPhone, but that “we have to earn it.” I don’t know what Verizon has to do to earn the iPhone, but his comments make it seem unlikely that the iPhone is coming to Verizon anytime soon. I hate to be the bearer of bad news to Verizon fans, but I stand by my contention that T-mobile has a better chance of getting the iPhone than Verizon when the exclusivity deal with AT&T finally ends.
In other comments at the conference, Verizon inidcated that tiered pricing for mobile data usage is coming within the next six months. With Sprint CEO Dan Hesse hinting at the same thing for his network, I am fearful that carrier greed could become the biggest impediment to mobile broadband adoption. I understand that the carriers need to make money, and that networks cost money to build, but if consumers start getting charged by the bit to download emails, access the web and watch streaming content, I suspect that mobile broadband adoption will slow – considerably. Lets face it, the internet as we know it today didn’t really take off until flat rate broadband pricing to the home was introduced. If the carriers begin metering users, many of the most innovative services that are being developed for mobile, like streaming content, will suffer and could die, killing innovation. In other words, the biggest impediment to carriers signing up more mobile broadband customers are most likely the carriers themselves.
Finally, I want to wrap up this week with another fun video featuring Dot, “the world’s smallest stop-motion animation character.” At first glance, this would appear off-topic on a blog focused on mobile, except for the fact that it was shot using a Nokia N8 cellphone equipped with a microscope attachment. I can still remember the days when my Dad had to carry around not only a TV studio-sized camera but also the entire VCR unit itself to shoot home movies. Now they can be shot on a device that not only produces better home movies than that old video camera but also takes pictures, plays music and lets you talk to anyone in the world at anytime. Truly amazing when you consider the progression of technology over the last 30 years!