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  • iPhone Comes to Verizon, Finally


    Verizon chief operating officer Lowell McAdam announced today that a version of the iPhone 4 compatible with its network would be available for pre-order to existing customers beginning February 3, with general availability February 10. The culmination of more than two years of rumors came as almost an anticlimax, as virtually every media outlet was reporting the Verizon iPhone as fact before it was announced. "If the press writes about something long enough and hard enough, eventually it comes true," McAdam said, acknowledging the long wait for a second carrier in the United States. Apple COO Tim Cook, who joined McAdam on stage at New York's Lincoln Center, hailed the step, saying Apple was "incredibly pleased to give Verizon's customers the choice we've been waiting for."

    Perhaps most strikingly, Verizon will let customers tether up to 5 devices to their iPhones using their 3G Mobile Hotspot app which will be pre-installed. Verizon says they will charge $199 for a 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB, with a 2-year contract. They did, however, decline to answer questions about the cost of the data plans, saying that "pricing will be announced at a later date." This comes after days of speculation that Verizon would offer the same unlimited data plan they give to other smartphone customers. And the question of whether the iPhone 4 on Verizon would support simultaneous voice and data was answered by Dan Mead, president and CEO of Verizon Wireless, who said it was "the same as other CDMA devices." In other words, it won't.

    Also unanswered is whether the new phone also comes with an updated antenna assembly. This is a new model of iPhone 4, as changes to the device's internals were necessitated by the switch to a different network protocol. However, take a closer look at the photo above: see that black line on the upper-left-hand corner? Yeah. It's surprising that they would not brag about a Death Grip-free iPhone if they had one, though, so it may just be a design change forced by the CDMA radio. Verizon did repeatedly emphasize how prepared their network is for what is expected to be an onslaught of data-hungry iPhones. Dan Mead said that the carrier had been drive-testing with thousands of iPhones and "could not be more pleased" with the performance.

    McAdam was also mum about a CDMA version of the iPad, which was a longshot possibility for today's announcement. Also missing in action was any timeline for an LTE version of the iPhone, even though Verizon will complete rolling out its nationwide 4G network this year, with AT&T to follow next year. This does follow the generally conservative pattern Apple has historically shown: AT&T's 3G network was largely in place when the original iPhone was announced, but it only supported the slower EDGE standard until the iPhone 3G was released in 2008.

    Industry analysts generally predict sales of between nine million and 12 million Verizon iPhones in 2011, with Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster counting on Verizon to boost total iPhone sales by 5 percent or more, which would bring Apple an additional $5.9 billion in earnings this year.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone Comes to Verizon, Finally started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 203 Comments
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by ShredNasty View Post
      Yeah. Last year's phone. Current tech? I guess, as long as you're not comparing to anything but Apple products. Compare it to an EVO or a MyTouch 2 and it gets wrecked upon. Just like basically every review comparing them has stated.
      I'll take finger-tip touch over finger-nail touch any day. I am not a woman, and I don't get my nails done. I also get annoyed if I have to use a stylus.

      No, I have played with other "touch" phones, and unless you use a stylus it's a laggy experience... I'll stick with the iPhone's razor sharp response.
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      no multitasking will keep a lot of people with AT&T. It is a MUST and i agree with that. We've all been spoiled with the multitasking feature and have become accustomed to its features....if you have always had Android it will not be missed, rather it will be WANTED :]

      All of this is fine to me...I wish Apple would sell the unlocked iphone for $400, instead of the $600 price tag. They would probably double GSM sales and still have the "carrier" security, that has gotten them this far. CDMA is ok but GSM is a world wide standard that is much easier to make user changes locally, rather than calling a 1-800 # or going to a Verizon dealer...what a WASTE of time.
    1. stlcaddie's Avatar
      stlcaddie -
      Sorry Verizon people, if you weren't reading this and surfing the net then you wouldn't of missed that important phone call about your daughter just being born. LOL
    1. matrixhunter's Avatar
      matrixhunter -
      lol android is screwed android kinda has a laggy os i tried it and it uses flash which kills the battery and it doesnt have 3d mulitplayer games like modern combat black pegasus nova 2 call of duty zombies. Android loses in terms of gaming. Html is the future less battery hog. I predict some ppl will throw there androids in the garbage now since the iphone is now on verizon. I never even seen an android play infinity blade aralon sword and shadow or even rage HD. The iphone os is also easy to use
    1. moeses's Avatar
      moeses -
      so i dont think sprint will activate an unlocked iPhone because the serial number needs to be in Sprint's data base or something, i just asked my friend who works for sprint
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by moeses View Post
      so i dont think sprint will activate an unlocked iPhone because the serial number needs to be in Sprint's data base or something, i just asked my friend who works for sprint
      *sigh*

      Do people actually read thread s before they respond to them?
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by stlcaddie View Post
      Sorry Verizon people, if you weren't reading this and surfing the net then you wouldn't of missed that important phone call about your daughter just being born. LOL
      You do realize that a phone call will boot you out of whatever you are doing right? Hell, even on ATT if you are browsing the web and a phone call comes through it takes over the entire screen, thus interrupting your browsing. I am aware this was supposed to be funny but, well, it just wasn't.
    1. jaredb03's Avatar
      jaredb03 -
      Any idea what the full retail price is? I'm 13 months from an upgrade, and way to impatient for that.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by DRFP View Post
      Right...........you owned an Android phone when?

      My son has all the games ( he has a Captivate ) His battery lasts longer then my 3GS...... way longer

      Hmm before you Dis another phone I think you should have current knowledge, Android has over 200,000 plus apps, true that Iphone has more, besides this thread was about IPHONE and Verizon not droid..............
      Android is behind on games. There is no argument there. Every other critique that people have though is honestly one of ignorance. I am not sure where some people come off saying you need a stylus or fingernails for android. That is downright incorrect. Funny how Verizon getting the iPhone still boils down to an iOS v Android debate for some people though, right?
    1. zoso10's Avatar
      zoso10 -
      I wonder if this unveil is gonna take all the steam away from the new iPad or if Apple is even going to unveil a new one now.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by jaredb03 View Post
      Any idea what the full retail price is? I'm 13 months from an upgrade, and way to impatient for that.
      I'm sure it will be $600 and $700, give or take $50. It isn't going to be significantly different from the GSM version I wouldn't think.

      Quote Originally Posted by zoso10 View Post
      I wonder if this unveil is gonna take all the steam away from the new iPad or if Apple is even going to unveil a new one now.
      Why would they not unveil a new iPad? Just because a Verizon iPhone was unveiled? This makes little sense to me...
    1. Tfost's Avatar
      Tfost -
      I don't get why people make a big deal out of wifi hot spot. Are there seriously people out there who still haven't jailbroken their iPhone and purchased mi wi!? Ya it's 20 bucks but worth every penny. Or you can even be an *** hole and steal a cracked version. And be talking on the phone at the same time. Ooooooo neat
    1. ninthchamber99's Avatar
      ninthchamber99 -
      What effect with this new VeriPHONE and its 4.2.5 FW have on current iPhones (in regards to JB and unlocking since these phone will be released in a month or so, personally I am still kinda waiting for an untethered JB for 4.2.1)?
    1. spazturtle's Avatar
      spazturtle -
      Competition is always good, here in the UK where the iPhone is factory unlocked we now get 10GB of data for 15/month ($23.28/month). This is thanks to all the carriers having the iPhone and wanting to give the best deal to get the most customers.

      P.S. The Verizon iPhone looks better (cue hate)
    1. BumbleBeez's Avatar
      BumbleBeez -
      I don't get what all the negativity is about. I think it's great there will be another carrier for iPhone. Verizon (or anyone really!). People should be happy! Carrier competition is good.

      Everyone needs and wants something different. I, personally, have never (that I can recall) used voice and data at the same time. But I get that that is a feature some people do use. Either way, people will be able to look at what is available and what fits their needs best, and make a choice. Choice is good!

      I, for one, am not taking my iPhone off AT&T. Nor am I replacing my Droid on Verizon with an iPhone. I have what suits my needs at the moment, but I am glad that going forward I will have more options to consider! And really, doesn't that make it a win/win rather than a fail/epic fail? For me it does!
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      Two long year!!!! I was waiting, is 2 late now I'm stick with AT&T for the moment. I dont have drop call put in my job I dont have signal send is a stainless stel building.
    1. Eiswritsat's Avatar
      Eiswritsat -
      with no talk and data, what happen when you use the Verizon hotspot feature and you get a incoming phone call????
    1. jibaro3's Avatar
      jibaro3 -
      Quote Originally Posted by BumbleBeez View Post
      I don't get what all the negativity is about. I think it's great there will be another carrier for iPhone. Verizon (or anyone really!). People should be happy! Carrier competition is good.

      Everyone needs and wants something different. I, personally, have never (that I can recall) used voice and data at the same time. But I get that that is a feature some people do use. Either way, people will be able to look at what is available and what fits their needs best, and make a choice. Choice is good!

      I, for one, am not taking my iPhone off AT&T. Nor am I replacing my Droid on Verizon with an iPhone. I have what suits my needs at the moment, but I am glad that going forward I will have more options to consider! And really, doesn't that make it a win/win rather than a fail/epic fail? For me it does!
      I will like to have this option in switching 2 year ago....
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      Do Att and Verizon apps merge now?
    1. Just Dummy's Avatar
      Just Dummy -
      How does mi wi work if you are not unlimited on data