Thursday, August 02, 2007

The iPhone is, like, SO yesterday

The iPhone has left a gaping hole in the tech world. I mean, what are we supposed to talk about now?

The gPhone, of course.

Rumors, reports and other commentary about the mystery device have been swirling lately, including articles from Reuters and the Wall Street Journal.

Apparently Google has pumped "hundreds of millions of dollars" into developing its own mobile phone with (possibly) LG which will head to T-Mobile in the first quarter of 2008.

The possibility of a Google Phone, complete with all their apps (Gmail, Calendar, Reader, Picasa, Blogger, Maps, etc.) and presumably unlimited data and wifi like the iPhone is, if I may sound like a total geek for a moment, mouthwatering. Especially since it's assumed the service will be partially, if not completely, subsidized by advertising. Read: cheap or free cell phone service.

The real kicker though is that reports say Verizon turned them down.

I don't know who's been making the decisions over there lately, but where the heck have they been smoking? First you turn down the iPhone. Then you tell Google, which is almost certainly going to be as dominant in mobile advertising as it is in web advertising, to take a hike?? I don't get it.

Anyone out there know what Verizon is thinking? Leave word in the comments.