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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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By cjohnson2136 on 1/11/2011 11:21:10 AM , Rating: 2
I don't get why they would release the phone now when they could wait a little longer and just release an LTE version of the phone instead.

By Sazabi19 on 1/11/2011 11:25:59 AM , Rating: 2
cuz both campanies are seeing dollar signs. Apple zealots will buy this version, and then the new version 3 weeks before its released

By nafhan on 1/11/2011 11:44:33 AM , Rating: 2
I doubt Apple's going to release an LTE phone until:
-networks are more widespread
-using LTE doesn't cause battery life to go through the floor
-LTE radios drop in price.

Apple's focus has never been to get the newest features ASAP. They add features when it makes sense (to them). I'm thinking '12 before they release an LTE iPhone. Next big iPhone feature is probably going to be NFC.

By omnicronx on 1/11/2011 11:57:36 AM , Rating: 2
I'm going to guess it has more to do with the fact that implementing LTE requires far more effort than simply plugging in an CDMA antenna into an existing design.(not that adding CDMA was an easy venture either)

I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the iPhone5 will be a LTE device.

By nafhan on 1/12/2011 11:47:16 AM , Rating: 2
I think that depends on when we get the iPhone 5. If this years annual refresh is the iPhone 4GS (or something similar) than yeah the iPhone 5 may very well be an LTE device.

By msheredy on 1/11/2011 12:07:36 PM , Rating: 2
My theory is this. Most of the newer Android phones are LTE based, this frees up the CDMA network for all the iPhone adopters. In the end it gives Verizon 2 advantages, 1. Get new subscribers now and 2. it gives them time to beef up their LTE network for the next gen iPhone which will support LTE (because they're gonna need it!).

By VahnTitrio on 1/11/2011 12:33:05 PM , Rating: 2
So people will pay more to upgrade to the iPhone 4G.

By msheredy on 1/11/2011 12:59:44 PM , Rating: 2
Or they just wait till the 4G version is available...

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