Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official
Now let's turn our attention to the Apple iPhone for Verizon! Obviously, the handset is as spectacular as ever and it won't disappoint any fan of Apple's revolutionary device. The handset was quickly introduced in about 15 minutes by Verizon President Lowell McAdam and Apple COO Tim Cook. In short, the Apple iPhone 4 is almost completely identical to AT&T's smartphone, with the only differences being the CDMA radio and ability to do Mobile Hotspot for up to 5 devices. All loved features such as iTunes, App Store, FaceTime and the 640x960 Retina Display will of course be onboard.
Verizon's 3G network and will not take advantage of its newly-launched LTE one. Why so? According to Apple COO Tim Cook (Steve Jobs wasn't there), the first-gen LTE chipsets would have required some more or less significant compromises, which the company didn't want to make. But we guess it won't be long before Apple updates the model to add LTE connectivity. However, this also means that the Verizon iPhone 4 will also be a strict CDMA device, with no global roaming capabilities. Sad, but true. At least there's Skype to kill some of the pain. On a side note, Verizon seems to be pretty certain that its network is ready to withhold the enormous data load that's on the horizon. Let's hope that it will indeed stay the reliable network it is today.
You probably want to know exactly why the antenna design has been changed, right? Well, you might be thinking that it's because of the infamous Antennagate issue, but no. The change has been needed because of the CDMA nature of the design. That's all. But the officials on stage did say that they see absolutely no problem with the signal reception on their product, so we'd believe them.
deal details: Verizon's current customers will be happy to know that they'll be able to take advantage of a special offer - a chance to pre-order the Verizon iPhone 4 online as soon as February 3. The handset will be ready to ship on February 10 for all. Pricing for the 16GB model will be... $199, while the 32GB one will cost $299, as usual. And by the way, Tim Cook has announced that Apple has signed a multi-year, non-exclusive deal with Big Red, which, in theory, should mean the other carriers will also be able to carry the phone. What would you say – is it time for a looong series of Sprint or T-Mobile iPhone rumors? We hear you, guys, we won't press our luck here.
Now that many of you are probably starting to consider purchasing the Verizon iPhone 4, we'd like to take this opportunity to present you with our incredibly detailed Apple iPhone 4 Review... for AT&T. ;)
So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and say what you think about the Verizon iPhone 4 (read: Are you so getting it?) in the comments below!
*UPDATE: And here come the first reports, saying that the death-grip cannot be replicated on the Verizon iPhone 4. Apparently, the change in the design of the antenna has had its positive effects on signal reception too!
The Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official!
1. Spudz (unregistered)
Ah shit......... its finally come.... I see roits starting from people who got their phone last month.......
41. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
I dont think this phone is going to do what it could of done, if Verizon would of brought out the iPhone when AT&T dropped the iPhone 4. Sorry crapple, it's just a Droid world. DEAL WITH IT!!!!
60. Neo (unregistered)
its "could HAVE done" and "would HAVE brought", not "of"
68. Gus (unregistered)
Anyone know if a 1 year contract (at a higher price for the phone) will be available? Why would you want to get stuck on a 2 year contract with a 3G phone, especially if an LTE model may be coming out later this summer or within the next year???
From Verizon Website:
"QUESTION: Do I need to sign up for a 2 year agreement?
ANSWER: When purchasing iPhone at the 2 year promotional price a new agreement is required. However, you will also have the option to purchase iPhone at full retail price, which will not require you to sign a long-term agreement."
116. bigjon400 (unregistered)
the riots will be from people paying their first bill while they are still waiting for their first download from the 3g network to finish! lmao
2. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
Now all the heavy users can go to Verizon and free up some bandwidth on AT&T. AT&T may very well become a great network again. Where I live AT&T already works great, I'm talking on a national scale. Better hope Verizon has tweaked their network for this. Either way I like my faster speeds, rollover minutes and simultanious voice/data so I'm staying with AT&T.
6. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
On another note: Who thinks the real war has started? There is going to be an epic war between Verizon and AT&T now. I predict price war, feature war, contract war...etc.
7. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
Don't expect enough subscribers to jump ship to be able to make AT&T a good network.
20. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
The iPhone has been one of the reasons AT&T has suffered. Heavy data usage does that. I admit AT&T could've worked harder but in many cases they can't help it. I left Verizon because their "perfect" network gave me slow data, data drops, and dropped calls. And I live in a large city. It's all where you live anyway. AT&T is great for some, Verizon is great for others.
30. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
I totally agree. But the fact still remains that AT&T's network is pretty bad in a lot of places including the biggest cities in the country (L.A., NYC, San Francisco, Vegas, etc.). And like others have said, it's very unlikely that millions of AT&T users are going to go to Verizon now or in the span of their newly-signed 2 year contracts. The network is still going to be weighed down pretty heavily by most iPhone users and it's going to remain that way for a while.
35. deago78 (Posts: 157; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)
Yup, now Verizon can feel the drag of the iPhone data community. Although the new universal data restrictions will probably protect them significantly. And as soon as AT&T iPhone users want to upgrade to the next gen AT&T will get a large percentage of its bandwidth back. I cant wait to see the wars begin haha.
38. Junior (Posts: 52; Member since: 09 Jun 2010)
On average, Android users take up way more data than iPhone users. Up until now, Verizon's network has been able to handle them extremely well. At the press conference, Verizon also wanted to reassure everybody that the network is more than ready to take on the data usage the iPhone comes with. Of course, only time will show whether or not that's true but Verizon is far better than AT&T when it comes to resource management and I think many will agree that the iPhone is not going to phase the network at all. I don't know exactly what you mean by saying "iPhone users want to upgrade to the next gen". I assume you mean AT&T users will go to Verizon once their contracts are up. Even then, when most new two year contracts are up, there will more than likely be a 4G/LTE iPhone. And then it will be a whole different ball game.
73. ctony1120 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)
YES!!!! VERIZON is by far the best phone company =)
112. VZW Fan (unregistered)
VZW will not feel the drag of the iPhone data community. Trust me. The signal strength will still be the best. VZW's network will still be the best while AT&T's network will still be suffering from dropped calls and data even when most of the customers has switched over. AT&T is too cheap. If you get my drift.
37. technorat (unregistered)
att will never be a great wireless company on the west coast which is where most of their customers are even if half of att's population went to verizon. att was never on the road to being a great wireless company, thus the reason all others companies past on the iphone when it came up, and att saw what it would do and put it on lock
att = fail and is way way to expensive for what they offer, i dont know why anyone would want to be on att
109. deznutz (unregistered)
u belieave that they have faster speeds
3. Hern (unregistered)
Now everyone can shut their mouths! It's official!
4. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
I've been saying and will keep saying, most of the verizon iPhone sales will be upgrades. I doubt people will pay cancellation fees, switch to higher verizon plans and start new 2 yr agreements just to say they have a verizon iPhone. More power to you if you do but I doubt it. I have a nice discount with AT&T and will stay regardless but I think this is a good thing either way but not for android sales on verizon. On the other hand this is a great time for AT&T to push the heck outta android, especially with the new phones they announced.
18. deeoh1084 (Posts: 48; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)
i somewhat agree and disagree i agree on the part where TONS OF VERIZON customers will upgrade to iphone 4 but i already know bunch of people who just can't wait to get rid of at&t even if they have to pay their cancellation fee because they can sell there iphone 3g, 3gs and 4 for at least $300 and some iphone 4 goes up to $600 on ebay, craigslist... so i'm pretty sure lots of people will change from at&t to verizon... and even my gf who's currently on t-mobile is willing to switch to verizon
24. deeoh1084 (Posts: 48; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)
oops... i meant to say "their" not "there" iphone
62. Neo (unregistered)
there night be different prices on some features but the plans are the same price. so if they switch, it would mainly be so they can have the iPhone on a more reliable network.
63. heyneo (unregistered)
oh neo, so quick to jump on the guy who said "of" instead of "have". look at your mess; "there night". huh? you lost my interest with the first two words, tool.
110. deznutz (unregistered)
they are more iphone users out of contract that are in
5. ryq (unregistered)
8. ebomb (unregistered)
Well They said it the CDMA IPHONE contract is not exclusive so it will not surprise me if sprint get their hand on it too
32. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
Unless it has LTE, then they cant use it with 4G.
78. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)
There has been talk about another phone release in june/july to keep up with the phone release. If you dont believe me check out techno buffalo.
61. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)
They are not getting the iPhone. Im sure there was a lot of money pooled in to this transaction, money that sprint has bailing out clearwire. so unfortunatly it takes money to make money and Sprint hasnt done either. "A day late and a dollar short" is now Sprint's new Motto
9. Spudz (unregistered)
no LTE?! wow fail
44. Big Mike (unregistered)
Wait till summer for the lte you know how apple is, they release every season.
54. somepeoplearestupid (unregistered)
dont worry. new iphone for verizons lte with be coming out before you know it!
10. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I dont wanna bring hate on this article, but i personally recommend people that read this article to hold their wallets before making any purchases, there might be another iPhone this year and will be considered a better investment if you are willing to hold of course...
now I wonder how exactly they ended with the exclusivity contract with at&t loop hole maybe?
11. oneandonly478 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
no talk and data on verzion, wonder can u facetime between verzion and att, how abt itunes on verzion cause they use rhapsody.
17. vzwiphone (unregistered)
verizon already sells the ipad, and rhapsody is in the app store.
and as far a video chat, just use the tango app which is also available on android devices
12. oneandonly478 (Posts: 10; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
think im going to wait for the iphone5
14. da70 (unregistered)
Yahoo it's about F-N time b*%ches, one for me, thank you
15. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
So what if youre contract isnt up for renewal yet? are they gonna let people upgrade to the iphone if they want and sigtn a new deal?
19. vzwiphone (unregistered)
no they wont
16. Holmes (unregistered)
This is like Nintendo annoucning that the y now have Grand Theft Auto 4! Kind of late to the party and everyone left.
21. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 460; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)
Come on spudz, did you really expect a LTE iPhone 4? Apple is great but they probably won't launch a 4g iPhone until 2012
25. Spudz (unregistered)
true that.. was just wishful thinking, i work at a retailer for verizon... the next month is going to BLOW!
22. vzwiphone (unregistered)
bad example, its like nintendo games becoming widely available on other systems not vice versa
23. iphone hater (unregistered)
Now we can watch verizons slow crappy 3g network take a massive dump.. oh so many disapointed people thr will be!! Thank you apple for finally doing it.. now all the iphone idiots that really have no clue how to use full functionality of any smartphone can go to big red. Anybody with half a brain knows androids open source is a much better platform for the future of smartphones.
26. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
yea, i love how people said they won't believe it until Master Jobs says it will happen...
31. Allday28 (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Nov 2010)
I figured he wouldnt as it isnt a new device..
27. long_shore (unregistered)
Will it be for sale everywhere including Authorized Retailers?
29. calamazoo (unregistered)
yes, not at launch but they said it's going to 3rd party retailers shortly after as well
34. long_shore (unregistered)
How good is your source? I currently work at a retailer and I know this is going to hurt sales BIG TIME! Our VZW support does not seem to have any info!?!?
49. gapeach (unregistered)
I also work for a retailer and we were told that indirect will have the phone at launch but supply will get better after a couple of weeks... hopefully better than the release of the "X"
58. long_shore (unregistered)
Depends on who told you. Account managers don't know Sh*t! Owners don't know Sh*t!
86. Jonnyboy (unregistered)
dude, I really hope the indirect stores will be stocked with the iphone, It got old telling customers we were sold out the X all the time. Cross your fingers.
92. long_shore (unregistered)
it's been confirmed...indirects are not getting it. VZ really bent over for Apple.
28. Spudz (unregistered)
droid is better in a lot of ways but sadly thats not what matters... what matters is whats going to sell... i get AT LEAST 20 people a day asking if we are going to get it... when asked why do you want it it comes to "because its apple and im a sheep"
33. iphone hater (unregistered)
excactly .. people that want an iphone have no real clue why they want it.. its such a joke thr all buncha dbags with no tech in thr brain .."why do u want an iphone"?? I ask... " bcuz its the best phone" they say..." well tell me how its the best phone" i ask... " idk it just is" what the hell man baaaaaaaaa apple dbags
39. unregistered (unregistered)
the reason average phone users will jump on this is that they can't afford the 4g data prices. right now you can get a 3g data plan for $15 or $30, much cheaper than $50/$80. might as well get an iphone now than not be able to afford the data later.
40. Spudz (unregistered)
the $50 AND $80 plans are for AIRCARD... no one knows 4g pricing for phones yet
42. chgo2011 (unregistered)
Hmmm, I can already see the difference on my AT&T iPhone data and voice, speedwise and no drop calls!!! Haha