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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 Cr0nJ0b on 1/11/2011 2:20:39 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I have to say that I'm a current iphone 3G user that has been patiently waiting to make the move away from AT&T. If verizon has this last year, I would be on Verizon now. But that didn't happen. I'm just sitting on the fence waiting. The iphone for really sounds great for verizon, but the whole no data when you are on the phone thing might be a deal breaker for me.

I used to have verizon and I loved teathering...but I hated getting dropeed from VPN every time a call would come in. I'd have to take the call, or dismiss it, and then log back in to vpn...a real pain.

Now image that times 5. 5 people hanging out surfing the web off of my hot spot...and then....drop..."sorry Guys I got a call, wait till i'm off and log back in".

I get people that say they don't multi-task...they make a call then will surf the web or check email when they are done. But VPN and tethering is a whole differnt story. I always multi-task when I'm tethered. I take calls, send txt etc...

I think I will wait to see what happens with the new LTE smartphones from Verizon.

I know that I'll be off AT&T by summer, its just a matter of what I'm going to...




"It looks like the iPhone 4 might be their Vista, and I'm okay with that." -- Microsoft COO Kevin Turner

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