It finally happened. Verizon iPhone 4 is here!
When the outside temperature rises
And the meaning is oh so clear
One thousand and one Big Red Apples
Begin to dance in front of you – oh dear
Are they trying to tell you something?
You’re missing that one final screw
You’re simply not in the Red my dear
To be honest you haven’t got a clue
I’m going slightly mad
I’m going slightly mad
It finally happened – happened
It finally happened – ooh oh
It finally happened – I’m getting iPhone 4
For some reason, that slightly paraphrased Queen “I’m going slightly mad” song was going through my head all through today’s Verizon press event, where they have announced iPhone 4.
Well, I guess, it did finally happen. And there must be quite a few Verizon customers and current iPhone owners frustrated with AT&T service, going slightly mad, waiting for February 10, when they finally will be able to get their hands on Verizon iPohne 4.
Overall, not much of a surprise here. During the last few months the rumors about upcoming Verizon iPhone were everywhere. And, as most have expected, we don’t get a new Apple product today – just the same old iPhone 4 with CDMA antenna inside. Other specs remain unchanged – 5 megapixel camera, “Retina” display, etc;
The one new feature that you don’t get on AT&T, is a “Personal Hotspot” on your Verizon iPhone 4, which allows you to connect up to 5 Wi-Fi devices to your Apple phone. Though it’s not clear yet whether you’ll have to pay extra or not for it.
On the minus side – Verzon iPhone 4 will have a standard CDMA feature set, that does not allow for simultaneous voice and data connection. Which means that your data connection will be dropped when a voice call comes in.
The prices for Verizon iPhone 4 are pretty much inline with what AT&T offers – $199 for a 16GB version and $299 for 32GB, with a 2 year contract. No info on the plan prices yet.
Verizon iPhone 4 will become available for pre-order on Feb. 03, and will start shipping on Feb. 10th. They say that VZW have built-out their 3G network to be ready for an influx of new iPhone 4 customers.
And the last bit of news – the deal between Verizon and Apple is multi-year, but non-exclusive. Which means that you may get iPhone on Sprint and T-Mobile (since AT&T exclusivity has obviously ended), this year too.
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