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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: Not if it's Apple
By Tony Swash on 1/11/2011 3:16:06 PM , Rating: 1
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I still won't buy it. Not if it's Apple.


You may not but millions will precisely because it is Apple. Apple is viewed, for good reasons, as a premier consumer brand.

As the iPhone spreads to other carriers in the US it will be interesting to see how the US Android sales hold up. My suspicion is that Verizon customer previously bought the best phones Verizon could offer and the one they were pushed, such as Android and RIM, but when offered the opportunity to buy iPhones they will snap them up.

At AT&T, where consumers have a choice between Android and iPhone the latter wins hands down.

See Horace Dediu's blog (ex-Nokia executive) at

http://www.asymco.com/2011/01/11/verizon-back-at-b...


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Treknologist on 1/11/2011 4:12:12 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
At AT&T, where consumers have a choice between Android and iPhone the latter wins hands down.


Yet, in the rest of the world, where people do have access to both brands, Android is now leading in sales.

It is also worth mentioning that AT&T never had any Android phones that were superphones. That changes with the introduction of the Atrix from Motorola so it will be interesting to see how things change on AT&T as that and other more powerful Android phones are introduced.

While the iPhone is indeed a good device, people are taking notice of Android and realizing they don't need an iPhone to do what they want to do with a smartphone. I know quite a few people who have either switched or have tried both iPhones and the newer Android phones and they have chosen Android and don't look back. I also know folks who prefer iPhone because they just like the "simplicity" factor.

Android has developed quickly and become much better than what it was when it first launched. It may not have been a worthy contender for iOS then, but it sure is now and it is not static.

The bottom line is that we all have CHOICE and we choose what is best for each of us. One size does not fit all. What is best for me, may not be best for you.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Nutzo on 1/11/2011 4:51:03 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
You may not but millions will precisely because it is Apple. Apple is viewed, for good reasons, as a premier consumer brand.


And to some, Apple is viewed as an evil empire.
Charging high prices for locked down products made in sweat shops overseas, while supporting far left political groups.


RE: Not if it's Apple
By Tony Swash on 1/11/11, Rating: 0
RE: Not if it's Apple
By themaster08 on 1/12/2011 2:58:27 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You need to get out more.
Says the guy who posts walls of text blindly defending Apple.

What's your view on the new antenna, Tony?


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