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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: Late to the Game
By Tony Swash on 1/11/2011 7:30:42 PM , Rating: 1
I think they are late to appear on Verizon as I think they (Apple)didn't expect Android to go like it did. I think they are worried about the Ipad 2 as well with all the tablets @ CES (Moto Xoom). I have never liked Apple products and will never own anything from them ! I have about 12 Ipod's (various models) that my cousins have broke in about 4 years. I have worked on electronics for 14 years and the reliability seems to me to be terrible. All the people that fork over 3X as much for a laptop is more sad than anything.

I fear you have it all upside down.

When Apple first developed the iPhone it approached the various carriers with a pitch. This pitch involved the carriers giving up a considerable amount of power and changing the way they did things. It meant no craplets on the iPhone, no carrier stickers, no carrier apps you couldn't remove, it meant Apple retaining complete control of the iPhone users experience and it meant Apple keeping complete control of the user accounts. In short it was a bold attack on the traditional power of the carriers.

This was a difficult pitch for Apple to make to the carriers because at that point Apple had zero track record in the world of phones, zero sales and no actual phone products and Apple refused to show the carriers any early or even late prototypes of the iPhone. Apple just said "it will be insanely great and sell in it's millions".

Most of the carriers, including Verizon, said no thanks. AT&T finally said yes but with a proviso of an exclusive right to the iPhone for a specified period of time.

The iPhone launched and was a huge success. With an actual product and with it's booming sales Apple was in a stronger position in relation to non-US carriers and so in non-US markets the iPhone has always been on multiple carriers or with an exclusive launch carrier for a very short period of time.

Apple's offer to the carriers has always been the same. Do it our way or no iPhone for you. In fact Apple is pretty the only major player that has successfully stood up to the power of the carriers. It might have broken that power once and for all (it will eventually anyway) had it not been for the short term life line that Google threw the carriers in the form of Android.

So now the the AT&T exclusive deal has expired and Verizon is panting to get it's mitts on the iPhone and has, inevitability, caved in and accepted the same iPhone deal every other carrier has been forced to accept.

Now we can see how well Android does when it is direct competition with iPhone. This is going to be interesting.

By the way the iPad2 is going to be a gigantic success and will crush the silly Android look-a-likes.

Apple has built an entire ecosystem to support and enrich the iPad for both customers and developers. To be competitive, a newcomer to the tablet software market needs to replicate or sidestep the need for nearly all of Apple’s major efforts, including synchronization of media and data with Windows PCs and Macs, integration with popular web services, an integrated payment system that customers will actually use at a reasonable rate, a well-stocked music and video storefront, plenty of high-quality third-party apps and fun games, a sophisticated SDK and development environment, widespread retail availability and customer support, and an assortment of good first- and third-party accessories to fulfil common needs (cases, chargers, docks, screen protectors, extended batteries) and give the device new uses (tripods, speakers, styluses, input and output adapters, wall and car mounts).

Because when normal people (i.e. non techies, non geeks. 99.9% of the buying public) need to consider an alternative to the iPad, they’re not just thinking of Apple’s lack of “openness” (as Google so vaguely and poorly defines it in relation to Android) or the iPad’s lack of some individual hardware feature. Buying an alternative means giving up Apple’s entire ecosystem. That’s worth it to some buyers, but it’s incredibly impractical for many.

RE: Late to the Game
By themaster08 on 1/12/2011 3:12:52 AM , Rating: 2
The Great Wall of Text coming from the guy telling others to get out more.

RE: Late to the Game
By Alexstarfire on 1/12/2011 6:44:22 AM , Rating: 2
Way to interject the non-relevant iPad 2 into a discussion about Verizon and the iPhone 4.

Basically you just state that Apple forced AT&T, and after them any other carrier that sells their phone, to be like the rest of the world. Selling standardized phones with no carrier BS on it.

Yes, that's good and all, but it's also the reason the iPhone only sells as well in the US>

RE: Late to the Game
By Tony Swash on 1/12/2011 11:28:24 AM , Rating: 1
Way to interject the non-relevant iPad 2 into a discussion about Verizon and the iPhone 4.

I didn't interject the iPad2 the person whose comment I was replying to mentioned the iPad 2 and made some fairly daft comments about it which I was responding to. Try reading the stuff you are commenting on - it helps ;)

Basically you just state that Apple forced AT&T, and after them any other carrier that sells their phone, to be like the rest of the world. Selling standardized phones with no carrier BS on it.

Yes, that's good and all, but it's also the reason the iPhone only sells as well in the US>

Nearly 75% of iPhones are in use outside the US


By themaster08 said on 1/12/2011 3:12:52 AM
The Great Wall of Text coming from the guy telling others to get out more.

I wrote my comment on my iPhone whilst sitting in the park :)

Did the wall of text hurt your brain - it was an awful lot of ideas for you take in at one go. Have a little lie down and then you will feel better. Perhaps try just reading one sentence at a time and taking a short break.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
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