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Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official

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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.

Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official
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.

Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official
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!

The Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official!

The Verizon iPhone 4 is finally official!

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posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:17 4

1. Spudz (unregistered)

Ah shit......... its finally come.... I see roits starting from people who got their phone last month.......

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:39 8

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!!!!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:20 3

60. Neo (unregistered)

its "could HAVE done" and "would HAVE brought", not "of"

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 17:11

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."

posted on 26 Jan 2011, 11:10

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

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:17 5

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:31 6

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:34 6

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:51 4

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:08 4

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:16 1

35. deago78 (Posts: 160; 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:24 3

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 19:40 2

73. ctony1120 (Posts: 6; Member since: 11 Jan 2011)

YES!!!! VERIZON is by far the best phone company =)

posted on 25 Jan 2011, 18:22

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.

posted on 12 Jan 2011, 21:12 2

90. maccmill (Posts: 67; Member since: 29 Oct 2010)

everyone has suffered via the iphone.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:22 3

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

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 12:25

109. deznutz (unregistered)

u belieave that they have faster speeds

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:18 6

3. Hern (unregistered)

Now everyone can shut their mouths! It's official!

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:24 1

4. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:50

18. deeoh1084 (Posts: 50; 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

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:58

24. deeoh1084 (Posts: 50; Member since: 30 Dec 2009)

oops... i meant to say "their" not "there" iphone

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:33

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.

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 16:50

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.

posted on 22 Jan 2011, 12:27

110. deznutz (unregistered)

they are more iphone users out of contract that are in

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:29 1

5. ryq (unregistered)

where's steve?

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:42 1

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

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 10:46

13. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

so it is a loophole after all LOL

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:11 1

32. Itzatlas (Posts: 37; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)

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

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 11:17

36. deago78 (Posts: 160; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

It doesn't though

posted on 11 Jan 2011, 20:33 1

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.

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