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After three and a half years of AT&T exclusivity, Verizon now has access to the iPhone 4

The iPhone made a huge splash on the smartphone market when it landed on AT&T's network in 2007. Since then, the iPhone has been an AT&T-exclusive; that is until now. Verizon officially announced that it will sell a CDMA version of the iPhone 4 next month.

"Today we're partnering with a giant of the industry, and that's Apple," said Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell Mcadam. Despite earlier reports that suggested that it would be Apple CEO that would join the Verizon stage to tout the iPhone 4, it was actually Tim Cook that carried the torch for Apple during the press conference. 

“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said McAdam. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.” 

“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it,” said Apple COO Tim Cook. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”

Hardware changes are minimal, and all the same features of the GSM version of the iPhone 4 (dual camera, retina display, A4 processor, etc.) are still found on Verizon's iPhone 4.

Verizon Wireless executives were also quick to point out that it has built out its network with enough backhaul capacity to support the iPhone 4 and the data that the device consumes. It appears that Verizon Wireless doesn’t want a repeat of the strain that iPhones have put on AT&T’s fragile network.

Existing Verizon Wireless customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 on February 3. Everyone else will be able to purchase the device on February 10 when it is made publicly available. Prices are the familiar $199 for the 16GB iPhone 4 and $299 for the 32GB iPhone 4. A nice addition to the Verizon iPhone 4 is that it will act as a 3G “Personal Hotspot” for up to five devices (another nod to Verizon Wireless’ confidence in its network's reliability).



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Not if it's Apple
By Ristogod on 1/11/2011 11:17:32 AM , Rating: 5
I still won't buy it. Not if it's Apple.




RE: Not if it's Apple
By Sazabi19 on 1/11/2011 11:24:59 AM , Rating: 4
Same here. And what a smug ass that Jobs didn't even speak and wasn't there. He is always there for big things like this. Maybe his AIDS are catching up to him?


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Gungel on 1/11/2011 11:30:43 AM , Rating: 1
I hope lots of people are switching to Verizon, more bandwidth for Android and WP7 phones on AT&T.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By lecanard on 1/11/2011 2:27:30 PM , Rating: 5
I hope AT&T brings back unlimited data and enables wifi tethering to compete.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By ctodd on 1/12/2011 9:18:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think that will ever happen. More like they force you to the 2TB plan + $20 for the hotspot feature. I don't think they are against the wall yet, so they will continue to milk us for every penny they can get!


RE: Not if it's Apple
By brshoemak on 2/4/2011 3:17:57 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
More like they force you to the 2TB plan + $20 for the hotspot feature. I don't think they are against the wall yet, so they will continue to milk us for every penny they can get!


I think if you can afford the 2 TB plan, another $20 for the hotspot feature shouldn't be that much of an issue.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By VahnTitrio on 1/11/2011 12:35:45 PM , Rating: 2
If I were a Verizon customer I'd be looking to the Droid Bionic. Of course I'm a Sprint customer (due for an upgrade). I'm hoping to hold out for whatever Sprint releases to replace the Evo at the top end. Of course knowing Sprint, that won't be for another year.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By really on 1/11/2011 1:05:23 PM , Rating: 2
Sprint has gotten better about the phones they offer and bring them out sooner. It is much better than 10 years ago when I started with them. The phone options were horrible. I'm also due for an upgrade in Febuary. If you check their site you can already get the HTC Evo Shift.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By TheRequiem on 1/11/2011 2:55:44 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, Sprint has improved vastly. I don't like AT&T or Verizon, because they are too fat and greedy now... They both nickel and dime people to death and Verizon's "totally awesome LTE" or whatever, is great with those measily 5gb 2001-ish caps on them. Sprint will most likely have their second generation 4g devices this summer. Next thing Apple will bring iPhone to Sprint now, err.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Commodus on 1/11/2011 2:10:07 PM , Rating: 2
Really? And you want to claim superiority?

A good tech enthusiast will buy from any company if the product is good or just good for them. Apple makes many good products -- sorry, but that's reality -- and refusing to buy based on brand is just as ignorant as some Mac or Linux head refusing to touch Windows and using dollar signs to refer to Microsoft.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By ChoadNamath on 1/11/2011 2:34:41 PM , Rating: 3
A totally anti-fanboy is just as bad as a fanboy...


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Tony Swash on 1/11/2011 3:16:06 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
I still won't buy it. Not if it's Apple.


You may not but millions will precisely because it is Apple. Apple is viewed, for good reasons, as a premier consumer brand.

As the iPhone spreads to other carriers in the US it will be interesting to see how the US Android sales hold up. My suspicion is that Verizon customer previously bought the best phones Verizon could offer and the one they were pushed, such as Android and RIM, but when offered the opportunity to buy iPhones they will snap them up.

At AT&T, where consumers have a choice between Android and iPhone the latter wins hands down.

See Horace Dediu's blog (ex-Nokia executive) at

http://www.asymco.com/2011/01/11/verizon-back-at-b...


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Treknologist on 1/11/2011 4:12:12 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
At AT&T, where consumers have a choice between Android and iPhone the latter wins hands down.


Yet, in the rest of the world, where people do have access to both brands, Android is now leading in sales.

It is also worth mentioning that AT&T never had any Android phones that were superphones. That changes with the introduction of the Atrix from Motorola so it will be interesting to see how things change on AT&T as that and other more powerful Android phones are introduced.

While the iPhone is indeed a good device, people are taking notice of Android and realizing they don't need an iPhone to do what they want to do with a smartphone. I know quite a few people who have either switched or have tried both iPhones and the newer Android phones and they have chosen Android and don't look back. I also know folks who prefer iPhone because they just like the "simplicity" factor.

Android has developed quickly and become much better than what it was when it first launched. It may not have been a worthy contender for iOS then, but it sure is now and it is not static.

The bottom line is that we all have CHOICE and we choose what is best for each of us. One size does not fit all. What is best for me, may not be best for you.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Nutzo on 1/11/2011 4:51:03 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
You may not but millions will precisely because it is Apple. Apple is viewed, for good reasons, as a premier consumer brand.


And to some, Apple is viewed as an evil empire.
Charging high prices for locked down products made in sweat shops overseas, while supporting far left political groups.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Tony Swash on 1/11/11, Rating: 0
RE: Not if it's Apple
By themaster08 on 1/12/2011 2:58:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You need to get out more.
Says the guy who posts walls of text blindly defending Apple.

What's your view on the new antenna, Tony?


RE: Not if it's Apple
By DaveSylvia on 1/11/2011 4:06:34 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
I still won't buy it. Not if it's Apple.


Blindly buying products from a company based on name alone is stupid.
Blindly not buying from a company based on a name is equally silly.

If Apple makes a compelling product and you are aware of the downsides, then why not them? If there are alternatives, you can assess those too. Why lock yourself out of possible options?


"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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