Verizon is about to launch the XV6700, the same thing as Sprint’s PPC6700 and the HTC Apache. This Smartphone is one of the best to hit the market this year and according to a member at PDA Phone Home, Verizon is intent on slashing its usability by disabling the phone when WiFi is in use. They did the same exact thing with the Samsung i730, which dramatically reduces the functionality of the device. Even worse, Verizon won’t allow device owners to use their Smartphone as a modem for a notebook. Potential buyers should be aware of these anti-consumer policies before buying.
Sure, there are hacks available for the i730 to get around this and there will surely be hacks for the VX6700 as well. But why should owners have to go through these hoops? Further, not everyone is inclined to find the proper hack and use it. Lastly, these hacks are often in violation of the usage contract, opening the user up to possible action from Verizon.
So why won’t Verizon just sell data access packages with their phones so they can be used with notebooks? Maybe they can’t figure out how to manage it, or maybe they want people to buy PCMCIA cards too. And is it really too much to ask to leave the phone on when WiFi is in use? I guess not, Sprint does it, Cingular is going to allow it. So it’s not impossible. Verizon just isn’t doing it, and potential buyers need to be aware of the issue.