There were rumors earlier this month that said Verizon was going to start selling the iPhone 5 for $99, a full $100 cheaper than Apple’s suggested retail price. Technically, the rumor turns out to be true, but not really. According to Gotta Be Mobile, who spoke to Verizon, America’s largest wireless operator is currently targeting the $99 iPhone 5 at people who are currently on Verizon, but who don’t have a smartphone. In other words, if you already have the iPhone 4S, you’re probably not going to see this promotion.
There’s a Twitter user by the name of @evleaks that you should know about. Almost everything he (or she) writes has proven to be true. That makes the latest tweet all the more interesting. According to @evleaks, Verizon will soon sell you an iPhone 5 for $100 less than they currently do.
In other words, just $99.
Verizon Activates 4 million iPhones in Q1 2013, Accounts For More than Half of Smartphone Activations
Verizon has extended the upgrade eligibility to full two years. Until now, even though you committed to a 24 months contract when you bought an iPhone from Verizon, after 20 months you were eligible for an upgrade.
If your iPhone is carrier locked—and your carrier won’t unlock it for you—and you want to legally unlock it, time’s running out. Starting Saturday in the U.S. unlocking your cellphone will be a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and a no-no. At least if you do it yourself. As you’d expect, this will be challenged in court over whether DMCA applied like this is really following the intent of the law.
In an interview with FierceWireless, Verizon VP of network engineering revealed at nearly half of the data traffic on the carrier’s network is now going over LTE. For reference, in October only a third of Verizon’s data traffic was over LTE.
Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile is already on record that when the iPhone comes to the network it will be offered without a subsidy, which has both pluses and minuses for consumers. Plus, lower cell phone bills. Minus, higher up front cost. T-Mobile isn’t the first to do this, but watch out, they might not be the last either.