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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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Verizon iPhone
By btc909 on 1/11/2011 12:00:37 PM , Rating: 4
Oh let me just pop in a MicroSDHC card, oh wait I can't.
Oh the battery isn't charging that well anymore, oh I'll just get another one, oh wait I can't.
Well the internet is ok, not great but it's ok.

It's common sense why LTE isn't being offered, it's another reason to upgrade again. I'll bet the Verizon iPhone5 will be CDMA as well. I also wouldn't be surprised if AT&T gets it first.

At least you can get off of the slug of the AT&T data network. Data at CES using AT&T network was useless unless it was after midnight.




RE: Verizon iPhone
By Omega215D on 1/11/2011 2:08:19 PM , Rating: 2
Well no, the president of Verizon did mention that LTE consumes a bit more power (not sure if he really means bit, that is to be determined how much more power it'll take) than regular 3G so I guess Apple being the smartphone with the longest battery life wants to keep that going while on Verizon.

He also stated that while the other smartphones have unlimited data it is to be determined whether or not it'll be that way for the iPhone.

*too much CNBC for me...


RE: Verizon iPhone
By omnicronx on 1/11/2011 2:34:38 PM , Rating: 2
From Verizon: "LTE would force design compromises we're not willing to make, and customers want the phone now."


RE: Verizon iPhone
By Commodus on 1/11/2011 2:28:43 PM , Rating: 2
I was at the Verizon 4G keynote at CES and tried their LTE phones. All of them are gigantic (4.3-inch screens) and have extra-large capacity batteries. A Verizon exec told me explicitly that they have those batteries to help cope with the 4G chipset's battery drain.

Apple is right here: LTE isn't ready for reasonably-sized smartphones.


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