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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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?

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.

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

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?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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