How is Verizon iPhone 4 Significant Outside of USA?

Or is it?

This morning as anticipated for the past 3 years, Verizon (USA) announced the availability of the iPhone 4 on their network. They will begin pre-ordering for existing Verizon customers on February 3rd and the phones are available for pickup on February 10th.

There are only three differences between the iPhone 4 (CDMA) announced by Verizon (a mobile carrier in the US) and the previous model of iPhone 4 (GSM)

  • Supports CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz).
  • Mobile hotspot capability like the MiFi.
  • A change in the slit at the top of the GSM iPhone 4 has been move to a slits on the left side.

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iPad WiFi+3G Version Available at US Apple Store

Just received an email from Apple Marketing to let me know that the iPad WiFi+3G version is now available for order at the Apple Store US and Apple retail stores in the US. In the same email, Apple reminds its readers that there is an “iPad order limit: two per customer. While supplies last.” I wonder if this means the entire iPad line or two per model? From the reports throughout the Internet there may indeed be a 5 units “life time” limit per person.

Going to the Apple Store US indicates that the estimate ship date for the iPad WiFi+3G is May 7th, which is the previous rumored date of availability.

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US Capitalism

It appears that United States capitalism is different from typical capitalism.

If your business fails and you are large enough of a company, you can ask the [US] government for money to bail you out. Rather than doing what most other companies in a capitalistic economy will have to do, which is to be original and reorganize the business so it becomes profitable.

Having already set a precedent of bailing out AIG and CitiBank, next week the US government will decide on a bailout package of about USD15B to USD17B, for the three major US auto manufactures: GM, Chrysler and Ford. This is short of what the three companies were asking for, USD34B, to keep them afloat.

The more shocking fact of this story is that the approximate USD17B will only last the three companies until March 2009.

I think for USD17B or USD34B that the auto makers are asking for, the government can use this money to retrain the autoworkers for the future work force. It is not the question of whether United States should have an auto industry, but whether they should maintain status quo.

Do you agree with the US government’s decisions? Please share your comments here.