Today marks a day in Apple’s history. The Big Red carrier, Verizon Wireless, has after talks dating back to 2008, landed the worlds most popular smartphone on their network, the iPhone 4. A version that is described as being identical to AT&T’s, besides the CDMA sans-4G connection, will go up for sale on February 10th starting at $200.
We had hopes that an LTE (4G) iPhone version would be released so we could take advantage of that new lightning fast network, but those dreams were put to rest this morning at the press conference. That doesn’t rule out an iPhone 4G on Verizon in June, but that’s still months away. The official handset is simply CDMA, leaving much of the desired LTE features — like simultaneously keeping a data and voice connection — wont be available.
Some design differences noted on the Verizion iPhone 4 is that it has four notches punched out of the external antenna array, while the AT&T iPhone just has three; Tim Cook confirmed that it is needed to make the CDMA network connection work, which who knows, could really mean some type of unspoken antenna-gate fix from the days of yesteryear. But that’s all conspiracy right now. Because of this the buttons have slightly moved, which may or may not require a new case design. It’s not certain at this point.
And wow. A 3G mobile Hotspot can be made with the CDMA iPhone 4. What has been done on Droids forever has now come to the iPhone 4 by way of a customized version of iOS 4.2.5 for CDMA that will allow you to share a WiFi network to five devices; laptops, tablets, iPods and whatever else grabs an internet connection. Who knew our WiFi iPads would get such freedom.
Now don’t go and get too excited about this news, ok, you can. But anyone trapped on AT&T who has been kicking and screaming for it will have to pay nearly a fortune to switch. But those contractless, up and coming renewable, smartphone shoppers who never got trapped in a term, we’ll you’re the one in for a treat. February 10th is the day you can get hooked up with the 16GB model for $199.99 and 32GB for $299.99. If you are a Verizon Wireless customer now, a special stockpile has been set aside for you to snap one up on February 3rd.
Are you going to make the switch?
Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon
BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California-January 11, 2011-Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability.
iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality. iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless will also include new Personal Hotspot capabilities allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.
“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “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 Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”
iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a beautiful glass and stainless steel design like no other mobile phone. iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint wireless printing. iPhone 4 customers have access to the world’s most popular App Store℠ with more than 300,000 apps available in an incredible range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.
Pricing & Availability
iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year customer agreement. iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, online at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone, at Apple Retail Stores, at the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple Authorized Resellers, and by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.
(EDITOR’S NOTE: Media can access high-resolution images in the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.)
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.
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