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Ending years of anticipation, Apple and Verizon announced Tuesday that the iPhone 4 is coming to the largest wireless carrier in the U.S. on Feb. 10 at a starting price of $199.

Customers will be able to preorder the much anticipated phone on Feb. 3, and it will launch in Verizon and Apple stores, as well as online, a week later. The handset will carry the same prices of $199 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB.

"Today we're partnering with a giant of the industry, and that's Apple," Verizon Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam said at Tuesday's press conference in New York City.

He revealed that Apple and Verizon began talks in 2008, and the two spent a year testing the iPhone on Verizon's CDMA network. Introduced at the press conference was Apple Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook, who revealed that Verizon's handset will have the same features as the existing iPhone 4, including FaceTime video chat and a high-resolution Retina Display.

The new CDMA handset also includes the redesigned antenna and frame that was shown in photos and video that leaked to the Internet earlier this month.

Verizon Wireless CEO Dan Mead said his company's inventory and systems have been properly scaled to accommodate the iPhone 4. He also touted his company's wireless network as "robust," and said officials have been "drive testing" the iPhone 4 on Verizon.

"We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation's most reliable network," Verizon's McAdam said in a press release. "This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century."



"Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it," Cook said. "We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers."

The CDMA iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple's A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a glass and stainless steel design like no other mobile phone. iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, the world's most advanced mobile operating system, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay and AirPrint wireless printing.

iPhone 4 customers have access to the world's most popular App Store with more than 300,000 apps available in an incredible range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.

iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year customer agreement. iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, online at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone, at Apple Retail Stores, at the Apple Store (www.apple.com), at Apple Authorized Resellers, and by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

Details from the question-and-answer session following the announcement include:
Cook said Apple made changes to the iPhone 4's controversial antenna design to make the handset work with CDMA networks.
Unlike AT&T, Verizon iPhone users can't be on the phone and use data at the same time (like talking and surfing the web).
Apple chose not to go with LTE because it would require design changes, and Verizon said they wanted the iPhone now.
The deal between Verizon and Apple is multi-year, and non-exclusive.
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But why? Are they really going to pit them against each other like this with a staggered release?!

AT&T: "Sure, you can get the iPhone 4 on Verizon, but we have the iPhone 5!"

Better network or better phone? Consumers shouldn't have to choose.
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

But why? Are they really going to pit them against each other like this with a staggered release?!

AT&T: "Sure, you can get the iPhone 4 on Verizon, but we have the iPhone 5!"

Better network or better phone? Consumers shouldn't have to choose.



I guess I missed the part where they announced the iPhone 5. And the part where they said there would be staggered release dates for different carriers and models of phone.
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Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot View Post

I guess I missed the part where they announced the iPhone 5. And the part where they said there would be staggered release dates for different carriers and models of phone.

Exactly. Launching the CDMA iPhone 4 in no way precludes Verizon and AT&T getting concurrent releases for every subsequent model. Could be next model unifies all networks anyway.

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post #5 of 255
Great Announcement! Hopefully the smaller carriers will be next, maybe in time for iphone 5. Time will tell
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Originally Posted by KingOfSomewhereHot View Post

I guess I missed the part where they announced the iPhone 5. And the part where they said there would be staggered release dates for different carriers and models of phone.

Unless Apple plans on changing release cycles, Verizon gets the iPhone 4 for four months by the standard reasoning. Waste of time for anyone who wants one; iPhone 5 would come out in the summer.

Ah, we just got a "We don't comment on [the refresh cycle]" from Tim Cook, so what I said above is probably what's going to happen.
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Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post

Exactly. Launching the CDMA iPhone 4 in no way precludes Verizon and AT&T getting concurrent releases for every subsequent model. Could be next model unifies all networks anyway.

well, in that case it's either means that iPhone 5 will be released in the summer for both AT&T and Verizon and will anger the new Verizon iPhone 4 customers or
the iPhone 5 will be released for both AT&T and Verizon next Feb (2012) and will anger(?) or disappoint everyone else who's waiting for the next model.

Doesn't make sense...
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To everyone who said it wouldn't happen...
To everyone who said it couldn't happen
To everyone who said it shouldn't happen...

I have one word for you...

HA!

About damn time Apple.
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" iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless will also include new Personal Hotspot capabilities allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices."

Now, that's something to think about... and drool...
post #12 of 255
Ha! No concurrent talking and surfing!



One less reason for me to be forced to have a data plan.
post #13 of 255
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Originally Posted by Tulkas View Post

Exactly. Launching the CDMA iPhone 4 in no way precludes Verizon and AT&T getting concurrent releases for every subsequent model. Could be next model unifies all networks anyway.

It is a bit confusing though, or potentially so.

All the stupids will buy the new Verizon iPhone without thinking of the relatively imminent release of iPhone 5. Perhaps Verizon has already worked out a deal with Apple where they will offer a great deal on an upgrade when that happens.

I'm also a bit surprised they didn't name it something else, like "iPhone 4v" or something. It seems odd to have two products with the same name that aren't actually the same thing and don't even operate if you buy the wrong one for your network.
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Yep, this is the biggest part of the announcement. Free tethering up to 5 devices. Earlier this past year, the Palm Pre was offering a 5 GB cap on data with the 3G Mobile Hotspot. Not sure what the rule is going to be with the iPhone?

This would have been a nice thing to mention.
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Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post

To everyone who said it wouldn't happen...
To everyone who said it couldn't happen
To everyone who said it shouldn't happen...

I have one word for you...

HA!

About damn time Apple.

Speaking of which, DED should have wrote that article

On his blog though he pretends he was still correct.
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Is it LTE compatible?
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How about for Sprint and other CDMA carriers worldwide?
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Is it LTE compatible?

No. Did you even watch the outlet?

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How about for Sprint and other CDMA carriers worldwide?

The contract is multi-year non-exclusive, but it likely won't happen for a while.
post #19 of 255
Now the iPhone will work in NYC!
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Seems that you still cannot use the phone while downloading data at the same time. Another reason for me not to leave AT&T
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Yep, this is the biggest part of the announcement. Free tethering up to 5 devices. Earlier this past year, the Palm Pre was offering a 5 GB cap on data with the 3G Mobile Hotspot. Not sure what the rule is going to be with the iPhone?

This would have been a nice thing to mention.

I agree! The tethering part is the part I was interested in. I have a mifi card now and would rather have an iPhone and I would just cancel my ATT subscription if I could do everything the ATT iPhone does.
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well, in that case it's either means that iPhone 5 will be released in the summer for both AT&T and Verizon and will anger the new Verizon iPhone 4 customers or
the iPhone 5 will be released for both AT&T and Verizon next Feb (2012) and will anger(?) or disappoint everyone else who's waiting for the next model.

Doesn't make sense...

IPhone 5 will come out when it is ready just like any other Product. As far as people getting angry well let them, I'd rather see solid updates than to have Apple avoid moving forward because a customer got angry over a new phone.
post #23 of 255
Outstanding. Reliable signal at last comes to the iphone.
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30 minutes flat. Badabing Badaboom man Verizon really wanted this iPHONE!!!!
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

It is a bit confusing though, or potentially so.

All the stupids will buy the new Verizon iPhone without thinking of the relatively imminent release of iPhone 5. Perhaps Verizon has already worked out a deal with Apple where they will offer a great deal on an upgrade when that happens.

I'm also a bit surprised they didn't name it something else, like "iPhone 4v" or something. It seems odd to have two products with the same name that aren't actually the same thing and don't even operate if you buy the wrong one for your network.

5.5 months is relatively imminent?
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Better network or better phone? Consumers shouldn't have to choose.

Huh?
I thought it was ALL about choice.

The big announcement here, tho', was the 5 device hotspot. THAT'S the competition I've been waiting for.
Verizon, AT&T.... go at it!
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5.5 months is relatively imminent?

yeah, slight exaggeration from me. sorry.

still, if you've been waiting for three years, what's six months more? I know if it was me, I'd wait anyway.
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YEAH. If ATT doesn't offer this by iPhone 5, I will make the jump to Verizon.
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I suppose this means it has a sim card slot for traveling abroad to use GSM....this is great news!


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Can I use my iPhone 4 while traveling abroad?

Yes, customers can use iPhone for voice and text in over 40 countries with data service in over 20 countries. For service availability and rate information, visit International Roaming Rates and Coverage. When travelling outside of these 40 destinations, the Global Travel program is the perfect short-term solution for the occasional or infrequent global traveler who needs to stay in touch when travelling internationally.
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

It is a bit confusing though, or potentially so.

All the stupids will buy the new Verizon iPhone without thinking of the relatively imminent release of iPhone 5. Perhaps Verizon has already worked out a deal with Apple where they will offer a great deal on an upgrade when that happens.

I'm also a bit surprised they didn't name it something else, like "iPhone 4v" or something. It seems odd to have two products with the same name that aren't actually the same thing and don't even operate if you buy the wrong one for your network.

No, I don't think people buying an iPhone4 now are stupid, hell they've been waiting for years and years. They'll see the refined antenna design, etc. it would be a good time to take the plunge for many. I'm on my iPhone4 at least until end of this year and even then I'll be seein' what the iPhone5 brings.

As for iPhone4 on Verizon or ATT... Those are really "teh stupids" if they get the WRONG BLOODY PHONE for their network!
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Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post

To everyone who said it wouldn't happen...
To everyone who said it couldn't happen
To everyone who said it shouldn't happen...

I have one word for you...

HA!

About damn time Apple.

And now that it is a reality there will be no more endless mind numbingly boring speculation. I am sure there will still be comparisons, infantile competition and vitriol but at least we all can have iPhones. May the future be more interesting!
post #32 of 255
No VCAST logo on the home screen.
This is a good thing!
post #33 of 255
Thank God, I can finally get rid of my buggy Droid phone. The bugs introduced in the Froyo update have annoyed me to no end. The two most annoying ones were:

1) Cannot connect to Infrastructure WiFi.. ( Worked fine on 2.1 )

2) Ruined AAC+ Streaming over 3G ( Worked fine on 2.1 )

3) Camera never seems to work correctly. Very buggy and laggy in all Android versions....

I can't wait...
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Originally Posted by Prof. Peabody View Post

yeah, slight exaggeration from me. sorry.

still, if you've been waiting for three years, what's six months more? I know if it was me, I'd wait anyway.

What is the announced feature that you are waiting for in the iPhone 5?
post #35 of 255
AT&T will get iphone 5 first just like xbox 360 gets map packs first for every call of duty game.
post #36 of 255
Verizon has once again crippled a device.

Why would I pay more (given good coverage where I am at) for:

No Concurrent Data/Voice (Verizon users....trust me...this is like power windows in a car...once you have it, you wonder how you lived without it)

No Free Wifi

No international coverage (this also results in less demand for selling your used iPhone)

No Rollover Minutes

Visual Voicemail will not update while you are on another call

Unless Verizon has monthly plans at half the price, forget it.
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From the Ars Technical Live Blog:
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Q: more on the constant data/constant voice expectations from GSM - will it be jarring on CDMA?
Cook is stopping to think carefully on how to answer. Verizon guy is watching him carefully.
Cook: it's all about getting it on Verizon. The customers who want it there will be willing to make these tradeoffs.

They didn't solve the simultaneous voice-data issue. So when you are using it as a hotspot, you'll drop your internet connection when a call comes in.

They also aren't talking about pricing plans yet... Which means either they'll be expensive, or they haven't come to any internal agreements.

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post #38 of 255
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Originally Posted by EnviroG View Post

Great Announcement! Hopefully the smaller carriers will be next, maybe in time for iphone 5. Time will tell

Does that mean we are now going to be inundated daily with stories about iPhone coming soon to Sprint or T-mobile? Of course it shouldn't be to hard for Sprint to provide iPhones to all 10 of their remaining customers.
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post #39 of 255
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And now that it is a reality there will be no more endless mind numbingly boring speculation. I am sure there will still be comparisons, infantile competition and vitriol but at least we all can have iPhones. May the future be more interesting!

Finally the prophecy is fulfilled. And before the end of the world in 2012 too!
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How does the mobile hot spot work if I have another device tethered to my phone and I get a voice call? Does my data connection drop?
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