Now that Verizon has finally announced the CDMA iPhone I have a couple thoughts about the device. The Verizon variant adds a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot functionality which is something I have wanted RIM to add for YEARS! The rumored Storm 3 was supposed to include that feature with its new wireless chip but that device has been more or less canned for now. My question is now that Android and iPhone devices have Mobile Hotspot the pressure is really on RIM to add this feature to BlackBerrys ASAP! Don’t get me wrong I can already hear Mike Lazaridis preparing a diatribe about “Bandwidth Optimization” but can’t he finally get with the program? A mobile hotspot feature for BlackBerrys would also make the PlayBook a more useful device allowing it to easily use your BlackBerrys 3G connection.
The other thing I am kind of interested to see is if the millions of AT&T iPhone users flocking to Verizon for the iPhone will lead to improved network reliability for AT&T. For years there has been a back and forth between AT&T and Apple each claiming the other is causing the issue. Maybe we will finally have a chance to tell and I will be able to hold a 5+ minute phone call without failing… 🙂
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