Verizon claims it has “iPhone killer”

Reuters reports on a new iPhone killer (Verizon’s claim, not mine) that’s coming soon from Verizon. Sounds great. Can’t wait to try it. I doubt people will wait in line, but who knows?

Ahh, maybe this is why Steve Jobs lowered the price to $399 for the iPhone. Now that seems like an even more brilliant move.

Some things I’d like to see here:

1. What maps are on the system. I use Google Maps all the time on my iPhone and I notice that even Patrick and Maryam are using it a lot too.
2. What stock quotes are on the system. I use Yahoo’s stock prices several times a day on my iPhone.
3. What’s the experience like? It’s one thing to put a touch screen on a device. It’s a whole nother thing to make it a thrilling experience. Even my ex-wife (the one who hates technology so much she moved out of Silicon Valley to get away from the geeks) loves her iPhone. Will the Verizon devices get the same kind of evangelical fervor going? We’ll see.

34 thoughts on “Verizon claims it has “iPhone killer”

  1. anytime anyone says they have a “xxx killer”, you know their full of it. Much more interesting than anything Verizon is going to do, is what Google is going to do. Those guys have the moxie and smarts to actually do something really interesting.

  2. anytime anyone says they have a “xxx killer”, you know their full of it. Much more interesting than anything Verizon is going to do, is what Google is going to do. Those guys have the moxie and smarts to actually do something really interesting.

  3. Evangelical fervour?

    More like brain dead people acting like sheep.

    It’s a gadget for the masses and the technologically challenged.

  4. Evangelical fervour?

    More like brain dead people acting like sheep.

    It’s a gadget for the masses and the technologically challenged.

  5. Won’t kill it but it is a sign.

    Apple needs to unlock the iPhone so we can use it in any carrier.

    While it is stuck to at&t others have the door open to take the lead in a broader market.

    I doubt it anyway…

  6. Won’t kill it but it is a sign.

    Apple needs to unlock the iPhone so we can use it in any carrier.

    While it is stuck to at&t others have the door open to take the lead in a broader market.

    I doubt it anyway…

  7. The idea of an iPhone killer is absurdist at best.

    The iPhone, like the iPod, has become a cultural icon. Why? Usability, functionality, love for the logo, etc.

    A quote from Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ comes to mind: “When you penetrate deeply into a country, it is serious ground.”

    Basically, Apple has all the carriers and manufacturers running in circles to catch up while they continue to build themselves a cultural empire.

  8. The idea of an iPhone killer is absurdist at best.

    The iPhone, like the iPod, has become a cultural icon. Why? Usability, functionality, love for the logo, etc.

    A quote from Sun Tzu’s ‘The Art of War’ comes to mind: “When you penetrate deeply into a country, it is serious ground.”

    Basically, Apple has all the carriers and manufacturers running in circles to catch up while they continue to build themselves a cultural empire.

  9. “iPhone killer”??? Seems more like iPhone follower; and a bad one at that. It’s interesting to watch the rest of the world try to keep up with Apple’s innovation and engineering. The company that comes close will shake all markets.

  10. “iPhone killer”??? Seems more like iPhone follower; and a bad one at that. It’s interesting to watch the rest of the world try to keep up with Apple’s innovation and engineering. The company that comes close will shake all markets.

  11. “It will kill the iPhone.”

    Is it just me, or are Verizon executives even less realistic than a starry-eyed child? Best of luck boys. Let us know how it goes.

  12. “It will kill the iPhone.”

    Is it just me, or are Verizon executives even less realistic than a starry-eyed child? Best of luck boys. Let us know how it goes.

  13. All of the buzz around this focuses on features and what the Voyager supposedly has the the iPhone doesn’t. The iPhone (and Apple in general) is all about how the features are integrated, the user experience is seamless.

    If I have to visually touch my way into an app, then switch to a keyboard and type/navigate traditional menus it’s not seamless at all. If anything this just pushes Apple to keep the price down and keep improving the capability of the still best-in-class device out there.

  14. All of the buzz around this focuses on features and what the Voyager supposedly has the the iPhone doesn’t. The iPhone (and Apple in general) is all about how the features are integrated, the user experience is seamless.

    If I have to visually touch my way into an app, then switch to a keyboard and type/navigate traditional menus it’s not seamless at all. If anything this just pushes Apple to keep the price down and keep improving the capability of the still best-in-class device out there.

  15. Verizon has a very internet-hostile policy currently – I can’t imagine them allowing customers to browse with even the limited freedom of AT&T’s iPhone offering.

  16. Verizon has a very internet-hostile policy currently – I can’t imagine them allowing customers to browse with even the limited freedom of AT&T’s iPhone offering.

  17. Robert, great points. I am a new iPhone user; I waited a while before getting one to convince myself that I *needed* a new phone. I expected to like it, but I am surprised by how much fun it is to use. I love how everything looks (web, mail, etc) and how well integrated the features are (maps, contacts, camera, phone). Obviously, there are things that would make it better, and I am disappointed that Apple is blocking 3rd parties from assisting in this area, but making the switch to the iPhone (and AT&T) was a decision I am very happy I made.

  18. Robert, great points. I am a new iPhone user; I waited a while before getting one to convince myself that I *needed* a new phone. I expected to like it, but I am surprised by how much fun it is to use. I love how everything looks (web, mail, etc) and how well integrated the features are (maps, contacts, camera, phone). Obviously, there are things that would make it better, and I am disappointed that Apple is blocking 3rd parties from assisting in this area, but making the switch to the iPhone (and AT&T) was a decision I am very happy I made.

  19. If their iPhone killer is one of the 4 phones in the huge full page WSJ ad today, no, it’s not going to create that kind of evangelical fervor.

    People were hearing about the iPhone on fanboy blogs before Apple had even thought it up (figure if speech of course, but I wouldn’t doubt it being true).

  20. If their iPhone killer is one of the 4 phones in the huge full page WSJ ad today, no, it’s not going to create that kind of evangelical fervor.

    People were hearing about the iPhone on fanboy blogs before Apple had even thought it up (figure if speech of course, but I wouldn’t doubt it being true).

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