New iPhone 4 geared for hungry Internet users as flat rate plan ends
Indeed, Netflix, the most popular application for the iPad, said at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference that it will debut a free iPhone application this summer. Online game FarmVille, with 70 million users, will also hit the iPhone at the end of June.
Users will be able to record video in HD and make video calls on an application called FaceTime (think Skype video chats on your phone). And a higher resolution display will mean a much better picture -- so Chinese characters, for example, appear razor sharp.
price: It will retail at $199 for 16 gigabytes and $299 for 32 gigabytes of data. Available June 24.
search: iPhone 4 will also include Bing, Microsoft's search engine.
camera: flash and 5 megapixels versus 3 megapixels in old version
video: HD video recording and LED light
Check out my colleague, Rob Pegoraro's, set up of the event.
All these bandwidth-hungry apps and improvements come just after Apple’s service parter, AT&T, announced the end of its flat rate plans for new smartphone customers. The new fees will allow some customers to pay less for data but could also lead to overage charges for the fast-growing pool of mobile Internet customers.
After AT&T’s announcement of tiered pricing for its wireless service, mobile customers are waiting to hear from other carriers on whether they will follow suit.
Clearwire, the WiMax mobile broadband network launched by Sprint Nextel and partners, said it will stick to a flat-rate plan. The network said it has a better spectrum position than others, which means that Clearwire doesn't have the capacity issues faced by bigger rivals.
“To put it in terms of old landline technology, our "pipe" is much bigger - several times that of incumbent carriers,” the company said.
Check out Pegoraro's review of Sprint's HTC Evo, the first 4G smart phone.
Verizon Wireless CTO Dick Lynch told The Post last January that the firm is considering a similar move with its next generation LTE wireless network. Verizon Wireless spokesman, Jeffrey Nelson, said Verizon will launch its fourth-generation mobile broadband network by the end of this year, covering 100 million people. The first devices are likely to be PC cards and dongles for laptop modem connectivity, Nelson said.
June 7, 2010; 2:26 PM ET
Categories: AT&T , Apple , Clearwire , Consumers , Media , Mobile , Sprint Nextel , Verizon
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