Surprise! Verizon announces the iPhone

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After months, and even years of rumors, internal leaks, and even hardware leaks, the Verizon iPhone is finally here. President and Chief Operating Officer Lowell Macadam took the stage to talk about the success of Verizon at CES 2011 and how LTE is about to change the market.

Then, it finally happened. Lowell Macadam announced his extended partnership with Apple to bring the iPhone to a CDMA network.

"Our relationship with Apple has developed over the last two years. In 2008 we started talking about bringing the iPhone to a CDMA network. We spent a year testing."

After all the rumors, we finally have the very first CDMA iPhone in the world, and it's coming to Verizon. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be available early February 2011. Steve Jobs wasn't there to announce the iPhone 4 on Verizon, but Tim Cook took the stage to announce that features like FaceTime will still be available to customers.

The Verizon iPhone is no different from the one launched six months ago. It will still pack a 5MP camera for HD video, run an A4 processor and a Retina display. This partnership between Verizon and Apple means both companies will work together in the future, bringing the next wave of iPhones to the carrier.

The Verizon iPhone will go on sale at $199.99 for the 16GB model, and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new 2 year agreement and compatible data plan. Customers will also receive a mobile hotspot, which allows up to five devices to connect to it. Customers can pre-order the iPhone on February 3, and purchase the device on February 10, 2011. Based on screenshots from the press conference. The Verizon iPhone 4 is running iOS 4.2.5 (8E128)

One last surprise.. Verizon is offering the White iPhone for sale on their online store (which has since been removed.

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So I called verizon cause my upgrade date is 2012. I told them I wanted to to cancel my current contract and just get the iphone in feb. Person put me on hold came back and said "my supervisor approved one thing for you...On Febuary 10th you can call back and order the Iphone for the TWO YEAR pricing of $199...Your contract ends still on 2012 instead of august it will be around december". That works for me.

I love my droid x, I love the iphone more though. Plus i'm tired of that blur bull****, and other **** I cant get rid of. I like how verizon cant/didnt put bloatware/junk on the iphone either.

Brian Miller said,
A 2 year contract seems really long to me.

You can do prepaid on most carriers if you are willing to spend the $500 + to buy a decent smart phone. The carriers subsidize the cost of the phone and use the 2 year contract to make that money back. It really is a fair trade off if you want a nice phone for little to no cost out of your pocket up front.

(I have a cousin named Brian Miller who lives near Tulsa OK.)

pepsihabbit said,
so is 3G on Verizon as fast as 3G on att? please no fan boy stuff. anyone know from experience?

Cnet ran one real world test with the AT&T model on the left and the Verizon model on the right. Both loaded up the New York Times (in New York) and the Verizon iPhone sort of blew the AT&T iPhone away... though that's just one test, in a market where AT&T is notoriously awful in terms of 3G performance.

Finally! I'm due for an upgrade in a few months too, so the iPhone will be under consideration for me along with either the Droid Bionic or the HTC Thunderbolt. I might be holding off until June though in case the next iPhone comes to Verizon as well since it would suck to get it now and then find out a few months later, a new one comes out and then I'm stuck under a contract for 2 years.

The interesting thing coming out of this is that it was a multiyear nonexclusive agreement between Apple and Verizon, so that opens up the possibility of it coming to Sprint as well (and it wouldn't surprise me if there's an exploit out soon to get the CDMA iPhone running on Sprint).

Kevin. said,
Finally! I'm due for an upgrade in a few months too, so the iPhone will be under consideration for me along with either the Droid Bionic or the HTC Thunderbolt. I might be holding off until June though in case the next iPhone comes to Verizon as well since it would suck to get it now and then find out a few months later, a new one comes out and then I'm stuck under a contract for 2 years.

The interesting thing coming out of this is that it was a multiyear nonexclusive agreement between Apple and Verizon, so that opens up the possibility of it coming to Sprint as well (and it wouldn't surprise me if there's an exploit out soon to get the CDMA iPhone running on Sprint).

doesn't take much to get CDMA phones running on other networks... but then sprint could reject it being placed into their system... but still allow it to roam on sprint

neufuse said,

doesn't take much to get CDMA phones running on other networks... but then sprint could reject it being placed into their system... but still allow it to roam on sprint

Sprint and VZW have cross-roaming agreements of LONG standing with each other (though I didn't need that in Las Vegas in 2005, my only vacation that took me out of VZW's mid-Atlantic coverage home since I got my first cell phone) - the agreement predates Sprint's aqcuisition of Nextel. VZW (back when they were Bell Atlantic Mobile) has been emphasizing network reliability - and they have been extremely serious about it. (My mom's first cell phone was with then BAM, and she's stayed with them ever since. I went to VZW - despite the poor handset selection at the time, especially for prepaid phones - precisely because of that proven-superior network coverage, and that trip to Sin City cemented that choice. )

The only "dead spot" is a dead spot for all carriers - a valley close to the house.

not sure what the point is when its still a 3G phone...there are LTE phones rolling out that outspec the iPhone4 by a lot. The Bionic has a dual core CPU for god sake.

Since Android barely uses GPU acceleration, it's no wonder that phones are starting to incorporate dual core processors.

Elliott said,
Since Android barely uses GPU acceleration, it's no wonder that phones are starting to incorporate dual core processors.

Which is very evident when you compare the multi-touch response when scrolling/zooming between Android and iPhone. Even OG iPhone in 2007 had better response to input than any Android device I've seen. The newer tablets (Samsung Galaxy Tab) are the worst.

well my thing with this iphone 4 on verizon and the mobile hotspot crap is that basically being that it will be on verizons 3g network it will basically act like the internet back in the days of dial up, when you got a call boom your off

Just one question what happens when the iPhone 5 comes out? This means that verizon customers have to wait couple of months to get it right?

White iPhone not showing on Verizon's website anymore. And traces of it have been removed from the Apple sites now.

Brandon said,
So will the iPhone on Verizon be updated in June as well, or just AT&T

My News Paper (whttp://www.dailyherald.com) Says It Will Most Likely Be August 2011 4 AT&T And Early 2012 When The I Phone 5 Comes Out 4 Verizon!Keep In Mind That They Are Already Behind In IOS 4.3 Development Due 2 The Late Release Of IOS 4.2! I Still Have NOT Gotten Acces To Any Apple IOS 4.3 Builds Yet In My Apple IOS Development Program! Just FYI!

kevpan815 said,

My News Paper (whttp://www.dailyherald.com) Says It Will Most Likely Be August 2011 4 AT&T And Early 2012 When The I Phone 5 Comes Out 4 Verizon!Keep In Mind That They Are Already Behind In IOS 4.3 Development Due 2 The Late Release Of IOS 4.2! I Still Have NOT Gotten Acces To Any Apple IOS 4.3 Builds Yet In My Apple IOS Development Program! Just FYI!

Your text that you typed hurt my eyes.

btw the white iphone will NOT be coming out. that presentation on Verizons site was just the June 26th Iphone 4 slides from AT&T. take a look at the tech specs, still says GSM only

Edward Lee Hines said,
btw the white iphone will NOT be coming out. that presentation on Verizons site was just the June 26th Iphone 4 slides from AT&T. take a look at the tech specs, still says GSM only


As I Said In The Top Of This Article My News Paper (http://www.dailyherald.com) Says That The I Phone 5 Is NOT Coming Out Until August 2010! Just FYI!

Edward Lee Hines said,
btw the white iphone will NOT be coming out. that presentation on Verizons site was just the June 26th Iphone 4 slides from AT&T. take a look at the tech specs, still says GSM only

So [again] the white iPhone is a lie?

Shadrack said,
Thank God. Now just go to Sprint! I'd rather have AT&T than Verizon, but would switch to Sprint in a heart beat.

Do I Need 2 Remind You That AT&T Is Rated The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. 4 A Second Year In A Row?

kevpan815 said,

Do I Need 2 Remind You That AT&T Is Rated The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. 4 A Second Year In A Row?
I doubt you need to remind anyone of that.. Any time anyone says anything about US Carriers 5%+ of the comments are just people saying that

Ryoken said,
I doubt you need to remind anyone of that.. Any time anyone says anything about US Carriers 5%+ of the comments are just people saying that

This.

Results vary from location-to-location. USA is a big country.

kevpan815 said,

Do I Need 2 Remind You That AT&T Is Rated The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. 4 A Second Year In A Row?

So what you are saying is you don't actually care about the real coverage, you just care what statistics say? Verizon and Sprint's networks are trash in most of Oklahoma with many places not getting 3G. Every town in Oklahoma other than those with less than a few hundred people get 3G from AT&T. Anyone that understands anything about statistics even on a basic level should be smart enough to enough to realize that USA statistics mean nothing. There is no even population density anywhere so whatever the high density locations vote for wins in the polls. Known fact that AT&T is trash in most of the major cities in the USA. That alone means it will always do poorly in anything that is nationwide. Common sense should kick in somewhere in there and tell you to be a smart consumer instead of just a follower.

ILikeTobacco said,

So what you are saying is you don't actually care about the real coverage, you just care what statistics say? Verizon and Sprint's networks are trash in most of Oklahoma with many places not getting 3G. Every town in Oklahoma other than those with less than a few hundred people get 3G from AT&T. Anyone that understands anything about statistics even on a basic level should be smart enough to enough to realize that USA statistics mean nothing. There is no even population density anywhere so whatever the high density locations vote for wins in the polls. Known fact that AT&T is trash in most of the major cities in the USA. That alone means it will always do poorly in anything that is nationwide. Common sense should kick in somewhere in there and tell you to be a smart consumer instead of just a follower.

+1. This.

ILikeTobacco said,

So what you are saying is you don't actually care about the real coverage, you just care what statistics say? Verizon and Sprint's networks are trash in most of Oklahoma with many places not getting 3G. Every town in Oklahoma other than those with less than a few hundred people get 3G from AT&T. Anyone that understands anything about statistics even on a basic level should be smart enough to enough to realize that USA statistics mean nothing. There is no even population density anywhere so whatever the high density locations vote for wins in the polls. Known fact that AT&T is trash in most of the major cities in the USA. That alone means it will always do poorly in anything that is nationwide. Common sense should kick in somewhere in there and tell you to be a smart consumer instead of just a follower.

I Have No Problems At All Getting 3G Coverage Here In The Chicago Area, And That Is Even Though I Am Approx. 50 Miles North West Of Chicago O'Hare International Airport Here In Algonquin, IL, Which Is Still In A Somewhat Of A Rural 2 Urban Transition, The Only Thing That I Can't Get Out Here Is Verizon's New 4G LTE Service Yet! Comcast Already Offers Cable Modem Service Out Here And AT&T Already Offers ADSL Service Out Here As Well!

babyHacker said,
And no Windows Phone but they have an iPhone. At this rare, Windows Phone 7 is not going anywhere.

They'll have WP7 before June.

Even if I didn't live in a Verizon deadspot, I wouldn't bother with the iphone. I still prefer the basic flip phone. Call me cheap, call me old fashioned but I still like using my laptop and desktop when I need internet access. I set these phones up a bit at work and have played with them, the cool-ness wears of quickly.

Wonder when iPhone 5 will be coming out with LTE. I have so far refused to pay for data because 3G is so slow. LTE will make it worth it. Seems like the iPhone 5 will have LTE but this one will not because not both Verizon and ATT have it yet.

babyHacker said,
Wonder when iPhone 5 will be coming out with LTE. I have so far refused to pay for data because 3G is so slow. LTE will make it worth it. Seems like the iPhone 5 will have LTE but this one will not because not both Verizon and ATT have it yet.

Both Verizon and AT&T are deploying LTE right now. Verizon launched the network in some markets a couple of months ago, and AT&T will launch soon. Both providers hope to have deployment of their LTE networks completed by the end of 2013.

I don't think we'll see an LTE iPhone until mid-2012 or mid-2013 at the latest ... we'll probably see an HSPA+ capable iPhone 5 for AT&T in mid-2011 though ... and just a regular CDMA/1X iPhone 5 for Verizon. New features for iPhone 5: hspa+ (umts version only), faster processor, more ram, LED indicator, FM radio support, and wifi hotspot support (extended to 3G, 3GS, 4 as well).

My bets are on an LTE iPhone 6 in mid-2012 (a unified version for all networks).

So for years and years everyone wanted an iPhone on Verizon because AT&T sucked. And now that it's there, it's crap because Verizon sucks? I am not that into that whole US-carrier thing, this is just what I get from reading comments and all...

I never thought Verizon was any good. I just wanted some competition. Now that both carriers have the iPhone, they can properly start duking it out.

instant.human said,
So for years and years everyone wanted an iPhone on Verizon because AT&T sucked. And now that it's there, it's crap because Verizon sucks? I am not that into that whole US-carrier thing, this is just what I get from reading comments and all...

USA is a very vast land. And unlike the EU which has a high population density, there are no networks that have 100% coverage across the vast USA. So therefore people's experiences are going to be different. There will always be people who hate a particular provider for whatever reason (most likely because they suck in their area).

instant.human said,
So for years and years everyone wanted an iPhone on Verizon because AT&T sucked. And now that it's there, it's crap because Verizon sucks? I am not that into that whole US-carrier thing, this is just what I get from reading comments and all...

I Have Verizon And I Love My Service! It's Much Better Than My Old U.S. Cellular Service Where I Would Some Times Get A 911 Operator After Calling 611 On My Cell Phone (2 Get U.S. Cellular's Automated Phone System)!

Shadrack said,

USA is a very vast land. And unlike the EU which has a high population density, there are no networks that have 100% coverage across the vast USA. .

Finland: 16 people per Square Km/41 per Square Mile
United States: 32 people per Square Km/83 per Square Mile

Simply put US carriers, as well as Internet Providers, suck...

Shadrack said,

USA is a very vast land. And unlike the EU which has a high population density, there are no networks that have 100% coverage across the vast USA. So therefore people's experiences are going to be different. There will always be people who hate a particular provider for whatever reason (most likely because they suck in their area).

i don't buy that. NYC is dense enough and AT&T has a crappy service here.

Fritzly said,
While I won't necessarily defend US ISPs, I will note that there is a distinct difference between the numbers you supplied and the size of our nation. The US has a few cities that are quite dense in population, which skews the average.

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=area+of+finland

130,559 mi^2 (square miles) (world rank: 64th)

http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=area+of+united+states

3,719,000 (3.719 million) mi^2 (square miles) (world rank: 3rd)

That's over 28.48 times greater in area than Finland. It's pretty unreasonable, to me, to expect 100% coverage. It is not unreasonable to expect quality where coverage exists, even if I understand why that might not be the case.

AtriusNY said,
i don't buy that. NYC is dense enough and AT&T has a crappy service here.
That's because it's too dense and GSM (AT&T) requires an extreme number of towers to support very dense numbers of people. CDMA is better situated to handle more callers in the same area, at least for voice.

For instance, when I was last in NYC it was a terrible day (snowy and freezing with puddles everywhere), my service was extremely good. Most people were likely staying home that day, and thus the towers were open.

AtriusNY said,

i don't buy that. NYC is dense enough and AT&T has a crappy service here.

Duh. Thats part of the problem. I'm in a rural area with good AT&T coverage and I couldn't be more satisfied. You totally missed the point of my post which was: the country is big and results will vary.

Fritzly said,

Finland: 16 people per Square Km/41 per Square Mile
United States: 32 people per Square Km/83 per Square Mile

Simply put US carriers, as well as Internet Providers, suck...

I didn't say Finland, I said Europe. You're talking about a subset of Europe. But I agree that our Internet providers and cell providers do suck. I believe it is a lack of regulation and anti-competitive (i.e., back room deal) practices.

pickypg said,
The US has a few cities that are quite dense in population, which skews the average.

Not really smart. You just have to consider: more population = more money for carriers for network deployement.

AtriusNY said,

i don't buy that. NYC is dense enough and AT&T has a crappy service here.


But NYC does not represent the rest of the US, despite what movies and TV would have people think.

DomFel said,

Not really smart. You just have to consider: more population = more money for carriers for network deployement.

Except that the money that the carrier recieves in one area doesn't automatically get spent to upgrade the service in that area, it gets spread around to the entire country.

Hopefully this will cause AT&T to finally go south for the winter. Nobody likes them and even worse, they do nothing to improve their customers' experience. The established norm is that people cannot wait to move from AT&T but unfortunately until this point they were tied to them because of the iPhone exclusivity.

i have never used or needed web while on a call in my phone, you can live without it, don't see why people make such a huge deal out of it, for 3 years they b!7ched about not getting a vzw iphone, now you have it and still b!7tch about something LOL

only thing good I can really think of is we can stop the annoying OMG VERIZON GETTING IPHONE!!! articles that happened about once a week.... for 2yrs now... well that and finally some competition for self obsessed AT&T

I can't upgrade until the begining of next year so this will prob be half the price, I am excited for it and I could care less if I have the ability for calls+surfing at the same time. I am almost always near a laptop or internet connected device so if need be I can look up whatever I need to. I just hope they have a unlimited data plan like the blackberry which is what I have now.

NoLiMiT06 said,
I can't upgrade until the begining of next year so this will prob be half the price, I am excited for it and I could care less if I have the ability for calls+surfing at the same time. I am almost always near a laptop or internet connected device so if need be I can look up whatever I need to. I just hope they have a unlimited data plan like the blackberry which is what I have now.

I Can't Upgrade My Verizon Wireless Phone Until April 2012 either, But By That Time The I Phone 5 Should Be Available 2 Verizon As Well!

Hoping to see the Wifi hotspot feature that's present in the CDMA/1X (Verizon) iPhone be added to the UMTS/HSPA (AT&T) iPhone ... it is already possible on a jailbroken phone with MyWi ... so it should be possible to do this with an iOS upgrade.

The only surprise I see here (and it's a BIG one) is the WHITE iPhone lol.... I personally like black better though

Rudy said,
The only surprise I see here (and it's a BIG one) is the WHITE iPhone lol.... I personally like black better though

Exactly. Could the white iPhone be exclusive to Verizon?

I see nothing good coming from it, Verizon has already eliminated their once per year upgrade, is this thing even lte? If it's not it might actually be worst then at&t , remember on at&t you can talk and surf at the same time so it comes in handy when the wife wants to nag, on Verizon you can only have 1 or the other.

zerokool316 said,
I see nothing good coming from it, Verizon has already eliminated their once per year upgrade, is this thing even lte? If it's not it might actually be worst then at&t , remember on at&t you can talk and surf at the same time so it comes in handy when the wife wants to nag, on Verizon you can only have 1 or the other.

CDMA is supposed to get simultaneous voice+data in the first half of this year ... though it probably doesn't matter for those who are already on Verizon, and the inability to do voice+data now is worth giving up for a stable voice network with consistent data speeds for those on AT&T in major cities.

Elliott said,
They're giving you a free MiFi hotspot to circumvent the issue of calling and data at the same time.

Where did you hear that??? The phone will have the Wi-Fi hot spot software included... so you can share your network connection with up to 5 devices.

zerokool316 said,
I see nothing good coming from it, Verizon has already eliminated their once per year upgrade, is this thing even lte? If it's not it might actually be worst then at&t , remember on at&t you can talk and surf at the same time so it comes in handy when the wife wants to nag, on Verizon you can only have 1 or the other.

Some of us don't have nagging wives

giantsnyy said,

Where did you hear that??? The phone will have the Wi-Fi hot spot software included... so you can share your network connection with up to 5 devices.


" Customers will also receive a mobile hotspot, which allows up to five devices to connect to it."

Sounds like a hardware hotspot to me.

Yea, it sounds like a hardware hotspot to me as well. Unless Apple changed the OS to support hotspot creation (an app wouldn't be able to do it), it's going to be a separate piece of hardware.

pickypg said,
Well, that makes it much less attractive. I could achieve the same thing on AT&T with tethering and bridging that tethered connection to an ad-hoc created by my laptop. So much for that.

I thought the MiFi would've been an ingenious way around the limitation. Now it's just another Verizon phone. Sorry everybody for the misinformation.

Adding on to this (after looking at Engadget's screenshot gallery), it is a feature of the OS itself (not an exclusive app) and could very well be brought back to AT&T.

Elliott said,
Adding on to this (after looking at Engadget's screenshot gallery), it is a feature of the OS itself (not an exclusive app) and could very well be brought back to AT&T.
I kind of expect that they all-but have to now that Verizon has done it. The best thing about this announcement is that competition is about to get nasty, and that should be a big win for customers. Now, with Verizon supposedly allowing unlimited data plans for the iPhone 4 (though that wasn't announced here), combined with the mobile hotspot, then it might be cheaper to use an iPhone 4 as a modem than actually buying a MiFi for extremely heavy users, but I expect that door to be shut pretty hard on heavy users no matter what they say.

With regards to the MiFi question, I think it was intentionally phrased to suggest that buyers would get something that they're not--just phone companies being phone companies, unfortunately.

You can already do it on AT&T ... it just costs more unless you have a jailbroken device in which case you can download MyWi

Elliott said,
Yea, it sounds like a hardware hotspot to me as well. Unless Apple changed the OS to support hotspot creation (an app wouldn't be able to do it), it's going to be a separate piece of hardware.

You can already turn any iPhone (3G, 3GS, 4) or iPad 3G into a mobile hotspot with an app, though it has to be jailbroken first to allow the app to be installed via Cydia. See http://www.intelliborn.com MyWi 4.0 ...

So no, you don't need new hardware. The existing hardware supports mobile hotspot creation, and Apple could easily add this functionality to the AT&T iPhone with an iOS update.

Elliott said,
They're giving you a free MiFi hotspot to circumvent the issue of calling and data at the same time.

What good will do you that when you're not at home? Anyway, it sounds pretty retarded to me not being able to send data and receive calls at the same time. Reminds me of 1999 when I was still on dial-up.

.Neo said,
What good will do you that when you're not at home? Anyway, it sounds pretty retarded to me not being able to send data and receive calls at the same time. Reminds me of 1999 when I was still on dial-up.
MiFi's are portable hotspots, but I was mistaken anyway. They're not doing that, as smart as it would be to get around the limitation.

zerokool316 said,
I see nothing good coming from it, Verizon has already eliminated their once per year upgrade, is this thing even lte? If it's not it might actually be worst then at&t , remember on at&t you can talk and surf at the same time so it comes in handy when the wife wants to nag, on Verizon you can only have 1 or the other.

Yeah, But At Least Verizon Is NOT Rated As The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. Like AT&T Is!

kevpan815 said,
Yeah, But At Least Verizon Is NOT Rated As The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. Like AT&T Is!
And as we all know, people are always right.

vhilipp.com said,
there seems to be an extra band next to the mute switch right?!

There is, must be something that fixes the problem with the anteana or CDMA.

KamiQuazi said,

There is, must be something that fixes the problem with the anteana or CDMA.

The band that used to be on top is now on the side. Probably just has to do with CDMA, not sure how it would change the original antenna issue.

vhilipp.com said,
there seems to be an extra band next to the mute switch right?!

Yup, there was a photo taken after the press conference with the band beside the mute toggle.

Well congrats to verizon and apple should be another great fiscal year for the both of them

Still a shame its not coming to all carriers yet.

SaltLife said,
Well congrats to verizon and apple should be another great fiscal year for the both of them

Still a shame its not coming to all carriers yet.

They said "non-exclusive" multi year CDMA deal. Means it could filter over to other CDMA carriers without issue.

Volvo240 said,

They said "non-exclusive" multi year CDMA deal. Means it could filter over to other CDMA carriers without issue.

Yeah but im still waiting for it to arrive on other gsm providers

mjedi7 said,

yeah! like t-mobile

Yup, exactly. Hmm.. haven't checked if an iphone 4 can be unlocked and added. Don't think it has yet

mr_han_solo said,
Now I wonder if Verizon will get the next revision when it's announced at the annual event? Just a few months off.

My Newspaper (http://www.dailyherald.com) Today Said That The I Phone 5 Is Supposed 2 Come Out Some time In August 2 AT&T, However That Verizon May Not Get It Till Q1 2012 If They Are Going 2 Be On The Same 1 Year Upgrade Cycle As AT&T!

kevpan815 said,

My Newspaper (http://www.dailyherald.com) Today Said That The I Phone 5 Is Supposed 2 Come Out Some time In August 2 AT&T, However That Verizon May Not Get It Till Q1 2012 If They Are Going 2 Be On The Same 1 Year Upgrade Cycle As AT&T!

Actually when Apple launches a new model they made it available Worldwide, including the carriers.

I dont know really the big difference here when they have the same price as AT&T, even the same price for the phone. It is stupid.

Quattrone said,
I dont know really the big difference here when they have the same price as AT&T, even the same price for the phone. It is stupid.

Huh? Why would the phone prices be different? It's just the availability of another carrier. Not everyone has great AT&T 3G coverage.

Stetson said,

Huh? Why would the phone prices be different? It's just the availability of another carrier. Not everyone has great AT&T 3G coverage.


If i have thr iPhone with AT&T this Verizon thing is not an incentive to really make me switch.

Quattrone said,
I dont know really the big difference here when they have the same price as AT&T, even the same price for the phone. It is stupid.
Some people just prefer the choice of being able to select between two different providers. Price wouldnt really vary since it's the same exact product.

Quattrone said,

If i have thr iPhone with AT&T this Verizon thing is not an incentive to really make me switch.

If I had one, the mere fact is it NOT AT&T would be incentive to switch/

Quattrone said,

If i have thr iPhone with AT&T this Verizon thing is not an incentive to really make me switch.

Yes, but its available on a CDMA network. I personally wish it would have been available on Sprint, but I can see why Apple would select Verizon.

azure.sapphire said,

Yes, but its available on a CDMA network. I personally wish it would have been available on Sprint, but I can see why Apple would select Verizon.

The article did say the contract was "nonexclusive" so I have a sneaking suspicion Sprint will carry the iPhone by this summer.

Quattrone said,

If i have thr iPhone with AT&T this Verizon thing is not an incentive to really make me switch.

Great Service, Give Me A Brake! AT&T Was Rated The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. By Consumer Reports 4 A Second Year In A Row! Where As Verizon Was Rated The Second Best Carrier Here In The U.S.A.! Or Did You Miss The Recent Neowin.Net Article About That?

soonerproud said,

The article did say the contract was "nonexclusive" so I have a sneaking suspicion Sprint will carry the iPhone by this summer.

It would be nice. We have really good ATT and Sprint coverage in our area, but for some reason Verizon is kind of all over the place.

azure.sapphire said,

Yes, but its available on a CDMA network. I personally wish it would have been available on Sprint, but I can see why Apple would select Verizon.

+1 me too. I would consider getting one if I could keep my unlimited data plan with Sprint service.

este said,
Some people just prefer the choice of being able to select between two different providers. Price wouldnt really vary since it's the same exact product.

Only difference being voice and data at the same time Though I guess Verizon gains the HotSpot feature..

Stetson said,

Huh? Why would the phone prices be different? It's just the availability of another carrier. Not everyone has great AT&T 3G coverage.

AT&T sucks in New York. I know several people that did not buy yhe iphone because they dislike AT&T. This will turn the tables for Verizon and for Apple.

Quattrone said,

If i have thr iPhone with AT&T this Verizon thing is not an incentive to really make me switch.

That may be true for some. However, those that have coverage issues with AT&T (but like the iPhone anyway) *will* switch, if only to ditch coverage issues.

kevpan815 said,

Great Service, Give Me A Brake! AT&T Was Rated The Worst Carrier Here In The U.S.A. By Consumer Reports 4 A Second Year In A Row! Where As Verizon Was Rated The Second Best Carrier Here In The U.S.A.! Or Did You Miss The Recent Neowin.Net Article About That?


Could you please learn to type without ****ing putting a capital letter at the beginning of every ****ing word???