The exclusivity of
the iPhone has ended with today’s announcement of the iPhone 4 on Verizon
Wireless. Fans of the Apple made phone
can rejoice in their new found carrier option.
Since 2007, the iPhone has only been available on AT&T, leaving
customers of the other networks wondering when they can have it.
The announcement came from the Verizon President, Lowell
McAdam. He said, “If the press writes
something long enough and hard enough, it eventually comes true," adding, "We're
bringing the fruit of our labor with a giant partner, and that's Apple."
Pricing for a two year contract will be $199.99 for 16GB and
$299.99 for 32GB, which is identical to current pricing with AT&T. There is no word on what the monthly pricing
Verizon did mention that their iPhone 4 would include the
ability to be a mobile hotspot, supporting up to five devices. This will be considered an advantage to many,
as the iPhone on AT&T does not currently support this.
When asked about the antenna issue that the iPhone 4 faced
at its original launch with AT&T, Tim Cook, COO of Apple said, “We had to
make changes for it to work on the CDMA network; it’s going to work great.”
Verizon said that the device would be available for
pre-order starting on February 3rd to existing customers and to
everyone else on the 10th.