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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: Apple admits failure
By wicktron on 1/11/2011 1:36:30 PM , Rating: 2
Rather than blindly hate... Ever sit to think that maybe, just perhaps that the design was changed to accommodate CDMA versus the original design for GSM?

RE: Apple admits failure
By sprockkets on 1/11/2011 1:42:32 PM , Rating: 2
Why would that be the case that they would need a different antenna design for CDMA vs. UMTS, which is WCDMA?

RE: Apple admits failure
By Omega215D on 1/11/2011 1:59:24 PM , Rating: 2
Kinda hard to imagine because antenna design isn't drastically different with both techs just what's on the chip board. Take for example my Verizon Razr and my bro's AT&T Razr. The antenna is the exact same location and length.

Plus the gap is nowhere near the natural holding position of the phone so that's gotta be a sign of some sort.

RE: Apple admits failure
By DanNeely on 1/11/2011 4:17:00 PM , Rating: 3
It's been reported elsewhere that the 2nd antenna on the top of the phone was a Verizon imposed requirement for all phones on their network.

RE: Apple admits failure
By wicktron on 1/11/2011 5:37:40 PM , Rating: 2
And on

RE: Apple admits failure
By MrFord on 1/12/2011 10:14:46 AM , Rating: 2
And will conveniently requires different cases than the AT&T version = $$$

But at least it's for a good reason.

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