Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Five Key Points from the Verizon iPhone Announcement

Well it finally happened. After years of rumors (and disappointment that they were just rumors), Verizon announced that they will be selling a CDMA iPhone. The phone is not exclusive to Verizon so may appear on other CDMA networks at a later date. Here are the important facts:

1. Verizon will get the iPhone4 to run on their CDMA network (same phone as ATT has had for a few months, no LTE).
2. Pricing is $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model with a 2 year contract and a data plan.
3. Pricing for the data package has not been announced but will include tethering for up to 5 devices.
3. There is a tweaked antenna design. This is supposedly to make the phone work on Verizon's CDMA network but one could imagine that it is also to counter the problems seen by some ATT customers with the existing design.
4. Existing Verizon customers can pre-order on February 3rd, others can pre-order on February 10th.
5. www.verizonwireless.com/iphone for more information as it becomes available.

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