Verizon does a 180 degree change on Wi-Fi

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Verizon does a 180 degree change on Wi-Fi
For years, Verizon and Wi-Fi did not mix. Stripping Wi-Fi radios out of handsets, or not designing them into new phones, Big Red probably not only felt that its 3G network was just as snappy, but also wanted customers to pay to use the Verizon network rather than use free Wi-Fi. But lately, this thinking has changed. The upcoming BlackBerry Storm 2 has Wi-Fi, according to videos seen on YouTube, and so will the Touch Pro2 which will be launched this Friday. Verizon's Chief Marketing Officer, John Stratton, says a load of Wi-Fi enabled phones is coming to the carrier. "The vast majority of PDAs and smart phones that we launch from thismoment forward are going to be Wi-Fi-enabled," Stratton said in aninterview. "If you look at devices that will be shipping this quarterand definitely in 2010, they'll be Wi-Fi."  It is not just Verizon as it seems that more consumers are looking for Wi-Fi as a feature before they purchase a phone. API Research estimates that 300 million Wi-Fi enabled handsets will ship in 2011, up from 144 million expected to ship this year.

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23. tmar13 unregistered

Yeah NOW they put wifi on 99% of their phones. Whats the difference? Since you now have to pay for the data plan, wi fi is sort of useless. If you didnt have to pay for the data plan, then wifi would be a good thing to have, since you can get internet for free. They got you coming and going and they continue to rip off the people who have remained loyal to them. At least for now.....

19. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009


16. WnnaFghtAboutIt

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

do you know why at&t had wifi on their blackberries....come all know ;)

13. basic9

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 23, 2009

Is the TOUCH PRO 2 really coming out this friday???? Anyone really got the answer... I have heard its a false release date...

14. Onomatopoeia

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

Nope, just became official today huzzah!

11. MOHFpro90 unregistered

Ugh. Just pisses me off that Big Red will still rip you a new one for the unlimited internet for smartphones. Im with my xv6800 and will absolutely not upgrade to a new plan/phone due to the $30/mo charges for the internet... and heck, I get 20% as a corporate discount on my plan and charges... Still at nearly $300 per year, I can wait until I get in a hot spot to check that email...

10. Fan_of_Fanboys

Posts: 101; Member since: Nov 13, 2008

Wow phoneareana you are stupid. Seems like VZW has at least 10 devices w/ wifi over last several years. You mean they don't have any BlackBerrys w/ wifi. So how many does Alltel have? Sprint? Oh thats right 0! It is your job to report unbias news. And you are not doing that w/ this article. How many wifi phones has Sprint had last few years? Alltel? I bet about the same as VZW. You should either make some major corrections to this article or remove it bc it is blatantly wrong. And for love and behold AT&T will require data plans for all their phones, including the ones w/ wifi. So they are bastards. And I think T-Mobile will as well though I'm not 100% on that.

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

tmo requires data on any phone that you purchase at discount under contract. if you have your own phone from somewhere else, they do not require a data plan. i would suggest it anyways, as why the heck do you want a pda that cant do anything but call and text and only work on some randomly found or home wifi connection? seems like a waist n a pain to me. BRING ON LTE!

7. tuminatr

Posts: 1193; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

as a fyi almost all the windows mobile devices they have sold have had WIFI xv6700 xv6800 xv6900 xv6850 xv6950 Ozone, Samsung Omnia i770 i730 i760 I count 10 devices with WIFI thats all I can think of and bb just started adding it and palm did not ship units with WIFI until the Pre

9. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well the 6900 didn't... i have it i know. The Palm treo devices didn't have wifi, but that wasn't vzw's fault as no treo had wifi until the pro (i think the treo pro has wifi anyways). But Palm did sell a wifi card that went into the SD slot for like $60 or something. The HTC Touch that launched in the EU did have wifi, but it didn't have 3G coverage so wifi is a nice substitute for a handset without 3g capabilities. But I totally agree with your statement... VZW doesn't tell the manufacturer what to put in the device... they just choose the ones that they like. But I personally feel their preferences on some devices were to go without wifi and 3g internal guts for a reason... why would vzw invest 6 billion/year in their network and not sell you a phone that needed to use it? If you want a device with wifi go to T-Mobile, their 3G is still growing so their devices need wifi to have fast connections in most places. VZW and Sprint have huge 3G coverage, AT&T's is growing really fast, and they are going for the 7.2mb/s in many places now. Also, BLuetooth 3.0 will be available soon and that high speed connection uses BT in conjuction with wifi... so the trend is to include wifi more... AND technology is getting better/smaller, so the space available that would be devoted/needed for a wifi card in the device is very small, and now wifi cards are very small, so why not throw it in there....? It makes sense, two years later when wifi has a huge push for all phones to have wifi. Even feature phones will have wifi soon.

22. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

VZW absolutely does have a say on some hardware specs. When the Omnia came out, they actually DISABLED the wifi on it, and then because the Omnia was advertised with wifi, they had to re enable it.

6. FreeZW

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 21, 2009

I currently carry the Touch Diamond which has WIFI, before that I had the Omnia, it had wifi. Before that, I had the samsung i760 and it had WIFI. Before that I had the i730. Gee, that had wifi too. Same with the xv6700. That's going back about 4 years now. Verizon has had WIFI on their phones since forever ago. Some people just don't look hard enough I suppose.

5. lovexad unregistered

does this mean that we won't have to pay for a data plan?

8. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

bastards will get the money somehow........just remember that..........

18. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

You will still need a data plan.

20. VGirl

Posts: 27; Member since: Jan 14, 2009

well if smart phone users were a little smarter when using their smart phones then they would have realized when they were using wifi and not getting charged and when they were using evdo and getting charged Cellular companies only started making customer having this data plan because they were tired of crediting customers time and time again for their data overage Now you don't have to worry about overage with your data because it is required to have the unlimited just in case your not paying attention to what network your ON!!!

4. kruck55

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

wonder if they are gonna come out with a wifi module for the versa?

3. Onomatopoeia

Posts: 23; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

Here's an idea... What if they're allowing wifi back on to remove the load in anticipation of an iphone...? Just kidding because everyone knows it's for my TP2 coming out Friday!

2. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

You still haveto pay for the smartphone and/or blackberry plan.. So when you use the wifi, you take the load off of the network.. So, really, what's the point now?? The wifi on most CELL PHONES isn't really much faster than EVDO revA.....

17. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I disagree, wifi is faster then EVDO on all phones I've played with, additionally WIFI serves other purposes like WiFi calling.

21. acipollo

Posts: 34; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

I didn't say it wasn't faster. I said not much faster.. Especially with VZW. If the browser on your cell doesnt render pages quick, it wont matter what you use, and with VZW, unless you are using Opera, their browsers are SLOW!!

1. rehnhart

Posts: 103; Member since: Mar 27, 2009

Yeah, why should Verizon care now, they make you get a data plan with all smartphones and blackberrys. They still get paid, so if you use Wi-Fi instead of cellular data, who cares.

12. ssjassassin

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 31, 2009

The reason that they are going to allow the wifi on phones now is because when evdo was new they had plenty of network space for people to use at high speed's. When smart phones and every phone they had made used an EVDO antenna the speeds dropped and quality suffered Now that the expectation for data charges has changed in the public eye ( people know that they are paying for data) putting WIFI in a phone and removing the network usage can a huge boost in network quality. So more money and less usage means the network goes farther with no updates or modifications

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