Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official

Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official
Well, guys, who would have thought it – one of the most-discussed rumors in the wireless industry ever has just come true! Ever since Apple announced and released the iPhone on AT&T's network, we've been treated to constant leaks and rumors about a possible Verizon version of the phone. However, until now, none of them has come true. Well, except for these most recent ones, that is. :) If you are hungry for all the Verizon iPhone soap opera through the year, see our article "The Verizon iPhone: win-win for Big Red and Apple".

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.

Yep, folks, you heard that right - the Verizon iPhone 4 will operate on 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.

And here are the 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!

via: Engadget

*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!


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  • Display 3.5" 640 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Apple A4, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1420 mAh(7.00h talk time)

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120 Comments

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: Feb 12, 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: Dec 20, 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: Dec 20, 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: Jun 09, 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: Dec 20, 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: Jun 09, 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: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 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: Jun 09, 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: Jan 11, 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.

90. maccmill

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 29, 2010

everyone has suffered via the iphone.

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: 470; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 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: 50; Member since: Dec 30, 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

where's steve?

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

13. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

so it is a loophole after all LOL

32. Itzatlas

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 05, 2011

Unless it has LTE, then they cant use it with 4G.

36. deago78

Posts: 172; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

It doesn't though

78. Itzatlas

Posts: 37; Member since: Jan 05, 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.

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