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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 Commodus on 1/11/2011 2:19:26 PM , Rating: 1
The irony is that you bought a WP7 phone... which can't multitask.

And by that I mean OS-level multitasking, not the network. That Verizon iPhone user can still download a Kindle book during a call while he's on Wi-Fi. A WP7 user on AT&T will have to pause the book download no matter what network he's on.

WP7 is a fun, clever OS, but it's most definitely not "better" in every sense (or even most senses). Plus, there's a certain hypocrisy to complaining about the Apple ecosystem and then flocking to a convicted monopolist.

RE: Same ol' crap
By AlphaVirus on 1/12/2011 10:34:00 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps you should USE a WP7 device before saying it can't multitask, I do it all the time.

As mentioned above, yesterday someone sent a spreadsheet to my exchange email and called to see if I'd reviewed it yet. I didn't, so while on the phone I opened my email, reviewed the spreadsheet, discussed it while I was on the phone, and hung up.
As for true multitask (See Andriod OS), I see Microsoft pushing an update to have this because they actually care about corporate users (See Windows Mobile OS).

Also as the TMobile commercials mocks ATT-iphone about video calls while in wifi range, I am not always near WiFi so I need to be able to multitask anywhere.

"We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk." -- Apple CEO Steve Jobs
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