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Verizon to launch iPhone on February 10th

updated 11:10 am EST, Tue January 11, 2011

Breaks long-held AT&T exclusivity

Verizon today confirmed plans to launch the iPhone 4 on February 10th. Contrary to some rumors the new model will be CDMA-only, forgoing the speed advantages of the carrier's nascent 4G LTE network in favor of 3G. A 16GB phone will cost $199, while a 32GB one will be $299, with each having the distinct advantage over AT&T versions in including mobile hotspot support for up to five devices.

The February 10th date is in fact only a public launch date, as existing Verizon subscribers will be able to pre-order on February 3rd. On the 10th people will be able to order online or at retail, either from Verizon or Apple.

A key technical limitation is that unlike standard iPhones, based on GSM, the Verizon model will be unable to handle voice and data simultaneously. The flaw is inherent to CDMA devices however, not Verizon.

The CEO of Verizon Wireless, Lowell McAdam, notes that talks with Apple began in 2008, and testing took place for roughly a year. The Verizon network is said to have been given increased capacity for the launch, which may avert some of the overloading problems AT&T continues to suffer with the iPhone, particularly whenever new models are released.


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  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Shocking!

    ...while a $299 one will be $299...

  1. ScottG

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    $299 LOL

    They're just making sure we understand that $299 is really $299, and not really $300 or $298.

    Makes total 299% to me.

  1. jdonahoe

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    Hotspot not a feature

    Hotspot is not a feature if it costs too much.

  1. facebook_Raul

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    One more rumor we will not talk about

    or one less rumor to talk about... next in line iPad 2 :p

  1. heyjp

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    WiFi Hotspot

    Maybe this will put some pressure for AT&T to lower the cost of using tethering.

    Jim

  1. jstephe

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    ZZZ...

    Snore fest boring announcement could have been a press release, why get people to travel to NY for this?

  1. anthology123

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    Hot spot while talking on the iPhone

    The mobile hotspot feature sounds interesting, but if you are talking on your
    phone, will that hotspot feature work, will you be able to take advantage of that
    with the EVDO limitation of no simultaneous voice and data?

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Don't Understand

    Prior to having my iPhones on AT&T, I had several Treos (and other Palm phones) on Sprint. They were (and still are) a CDMA network and I KNOW that I had Data and Voice simultaneously when they went to 3G because it was one of the few "lost features" when I went to the first gen iPhone. This ability was restored with the iPhone 3G.

    I wonder what Sprint has/had that Verizon does not?

  1. dmsimmer

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    Tether

    I'm intrigued by the tether. A brilliant move, for sure. I have no need for AT&T at all (3G iPad owner). I will certainly want to see the demo of talking on phone and surfing with iPad simultaneously.

  1. facebook_Scott

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    Verizon Tether Disruption

    Although AT&T has tethering already, maybe they will make it cheaper. (Of course, Verizon hasn't confirmed "Hotspot" as being free (that I've found).

    I can see the AT&T commercials now though. Our 3G is twice as fast as your 3G and then all of a sudden the Verizon customer using Hotspot sitting next to the AT&T customer using tethering has their data connection go dead because they receive a phone call.

    I'm okay with a few million AT&T users going over to Verizon for the better "area coverage" while I stick with the better speed and ability to talk/data at the same time on AT&T. Less load on AT&T can only improve the bandwidth available for my family's unlimited data iPhones and my unlimited Data 3G iPad.

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