Dear Verizon and Sprint Customers: Welcome to Hell

The Bold 9650 is the successor to the BlackBerry Tour that is currently on Verizon and Sprint. It adds Wi-Fi and RIM’s new optical track pad, which has been seen on newer BlackBerrys, like the Bold2 and Curve 8520.

I’ve been using the Bold 9700 (aka the Bold2) for over a month. It’s crap. Yes, I know it’s RIM’s flagship QWERTY model — and even better than what they announced for Verizon and Sprint — but it’s still crap.

Honestly, in the age of modern smartphones (iPhone, Nexus One, Droid, Palm Pre, etc.) it’s hard to imagine anything as out of place as a Blackberry. It’s like buying a brand new PC with Windows 98 on it.

iPhone On Verizon? I Think The WSJ Jumped The Gun.

With Apple developing a phone with CDMA capability, its exclusive U.S. arrangement with AT&T dating to 2007 appears set to end.

First of all, they say it like it’s fact, when all they have is a source said to be “briefed by the company”. Hmm, yes, those sources are always accurate.

In addition, even if Apple is working on a CDMA-based phone, it’s just as likely a TD-SCDMA phone for China as one for Verizon in the US. Verizon’s 80M customers pale next to China Mobile’s 500M.

Verizon briefs staff on iPad. Desperation ensues.

To achieve an instant bargain over the 3G iPad, a MiFi requires both $50 and a two-year contract; it costs $270 without. Verizon’s plan costs twice as much per month at $60

Over a two-year contract Verizon’s cost (50 + (24 * 60)) is $1,490. AT&T’s cost, since there’s no contract, would vary those same two years, but the worst-case scenario (130 + (24 * 30)) is $850.

The only way Verizon can sell the above scenario to anyone not looking to share a connection with up to five devices (i.e., 95% of consumers), is if the buyer doesn’t realize AT&T requires no contract and charges half Verizon’s monthly rate. Pretty shaky strategy, guys.

Verizon Still Believes In Dictating Hardware Terms. Morons.

The latest buzz is that Verizon is not going to sell the Palm Pre anytime soon (or maybe any time at all). Sure, the Pre has had its issues. The keyboard is criticized as being cheesy, the SDK isn’t much, there are no apps to speak of, and it’s only on Sprint. All told maybe 800K have been sold, which is not particularly impressive.

Still, some felt that when the Pre was available on Verizon sales may take off. Ah, but they forgot that Verizon is still partying like it’s the hey day of U.S. carriers. They still want to dictate terms to hardware manufacturers and force their own services upon users:

Another snag is that Verizon wants VCast, its applications and mobile media download service, to be featured heavily on its phones. This is in direct conflict with Palm’s app store, according to these sources.

Verizon is clueless. A potential decent phone is being ignored by them because they can’t use it to push their crap services? Isn’t that an indication of a hopelessly out of touch company with a certain disdain for their customer base? Yep, that’s Verizon alright.

Posted via email from The Small Wave.