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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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RE: Same ol' crap
By msheredy on 1/11/2011 1:06:27 PM , Rating: 2
Verizon...uhm whats the point of having a smartphone if you can't multitask!

If they really want to multitask now then they'd buy one from AT&T.

Why don't you feel sorry for all the current CDMA users who have smartphones that can't multi-task?

RE: Same ol' crap
By cjohnson2136 on 1/11/2011 1:30:58 PM , Rating: 2
Honestly I don't about the multi tasking. If I am on the phone with someone I give them my attention not just kind of listen while i surf the web or e-mail. And if its so important that I talk to someone and have to search something thats why i use my computer. Multi tasking is ncie but I don't think it is a make or break thing

RE: Same ol' crap
By AlphaVirus on 1/12/2011 10:13:54 AM , Rating: 2
I did mention that in my original post, I feel sorry for current users.

"As much as I love the EVO and Epic, I hate having to watch friends and family members use it on such crippled technology."

I love the Andriod OS but hate watching people use it on CDMA, or if I'm on a phone call I hate hearing them say 'let me hang up and call you back so I can do XYZ'.
Honestly the only purpose I see for CDMA is competition, but I would only switch to Sprint or Verizon if the prices were drastically cheaper.

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