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Verizon iPhone First thoughts

Well, Surprise, surprise; the worst kept secret in technology has finally been revealed. My first thoughts about the iPhone for Verizon. As I had said several times before, it won’t be official until either Verizon or Apple has confirmed it, and today, they have. And for the first time, i can tell you definitively, yes, the iPhone is coming to Verizon on Feb 10th… not January as all the rumors said… 😀 😀

1. It is NOT a NEW iPhone, just an iPhone 4 that has had its GSM guts removed and replaced with CDMA.

2. The phone will only have one additional feature: wifi hotspot mode, a-la the Droid X. the AT&T phone will only tether to one other device at a time.

3. The phone does NOT have a Verizon Logo anywhere on it, Looks like Apple wins the branding war.

4. Since the phone does not have GSM, it is not a world-phone unlike the AT&T model.

5. The phone does not have 4G-LTE, Verizon’s new higher speed network.

6. Verizon and Apple do not have an exclusivity agreement, meaning the iPhone may come to other CDMA carriers in the future (Sprint?)

7. Verizon has yet to release data and voice costs, leaving open the possibility that it may be cheaper or more expensive than other smart phones on Verizon. This also leaves open the possibility that the wifi-hotspot feature may cost more.

8. Verizon will NOT be loading up the iPhone with tons of random Verizon Apps just for the heck of it, though it remains to be seen what Verizon specific apps may appear in the app store when we get to release date.

9. No word yet on if face-time will remain a wifi only feature or if Verizon will allow it on the 3G network.

10. Current Verizon Customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 for Verizon on Feb 3rd, and the general public will be able to order them starting on Feb 10th. The phone will come in a 16Gb $199 Model or a 32Gb $299 Model, both with a two year contract. Same prices as on AT&T

1 comment

1 Andy { 01.11.11 at 3:32 pm }

CDMA does not let you use data and voice at the same time. You won’t be able to browse the web on your laptop at the same time you talk on the phone. 🙁
Honestly I’ll pass and see if the iphone 5 comes out on Verizon at the same time as the gsm version. Will probably happen this summer too.

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