iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (update: available end of Jan)

iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (update: available end of Jan)

Summary: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon will hold a special event in NYC on January 11, 2010 -- next Tuesday -- to announce a CDMA iPhone running on its network.

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Verizon will hold a special event at New York City’s Lincoln Center (Frederick P. Rose Hall) on January 11, 2010 -- next Tuesday.

Although the burning red invitation is light on details, it's a foregone conclusion that VZW will use the event to announce a CDMA iPhone running on its network.

The largest U.S. wireless carrier will make the long-awaited announcement at an event Tuesday in New York City, a person familiar with the matter said Friday.

It wasn't immediately clear when Verizon would have the device in stores.

John Paczkowski writes for Digital Daily that Jobs will indeed appear, joining Verizon President and COO Lowell McAdam onstage:

While the appearance isn’t 100 percent assured, sources in a position to know tell me that, barring any unforeseen circumstances, Jobs will likely join McAdam onstage in New York when he announces the addition of the iPhone to its handset lineup.

Unfortunately the device is just a CDMA iPhone 4, not an iPhone 5:

The Verizon phone will be similar to the iPhone 4 but run on the carrier's CDMA technology, people familiar with the matter have said.

It looks like we'll have to wait until this summer to see that.

It won't likely run on Verizon's LTE (4G) network either, according to John Gruber:

LTE is untested, has spotty coverage, and consumes more power. There will be LTE iPhones eventually, but not soon. Trust me, take it to the bank: the upcoming Verizon iPhone won’t be LTE. I don’t even think thesecond iPhone to hit Verizon will use it.

Update 1/8 - WSJ reports:

Apple’s iPhone will make its way to Verizon Wireless stores around the end of the month, a person familiar with the matter said. The largest U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers will make the long-awaited announcement to carry the iPhone on Tuesday at an event in  New York City.

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Topics: Apple, Hardware, Verizon

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  • Why verizon iPhone doesn't matter.

    More users prefer Android because you can do a lot more with Android than you can with an iPhone.<br><br>a) Multitasking<br>b) Swype<br>c) Real cloud<br>d) Wifi and 3G video chat<br>e) Use it as a real laptop (Motorola Atrix with dock)<br>f) Virtual Machines (Motorola Atrix with dock)<br>g) Better Google Navigation<br>h) Gestures.<br>i) Real 3D.<br><br>The OS its self is very mature with some highlights that follow.<br><br>What ever Apple does this year, it will only be trailing Android, not the other way around.<br><br>A) First to Multitasking .since Cupcake!!! -- 4G came out 2.5 years later with IOS 2.4<br>B) First to copy paste ... since Cupcake!! -- 3GS followed 6 months later<br>C) Global search ...since Donut<br>D) Google navigation since Donut<br>E) Text to Speech and vice versa for long messages since Eclair (though Donut had some)<br>F) Gestures since Eclair!<br>G) Spoken messages since Eclair!<br>H) Live wall papers Eclair!<br>I) Flash since Froyo!<br>J) Faster JIT since Froyo!<br>K) Hotspot since Froyo!<br>L) 3D Google navigation, no need for Internet connection Free! Froyo!<br>M) Virtual Machines since Gingerbread<br>N) Near Field Communications Gingerbread<br>O) Very Large Screens (WUXA) Gingerbread<br><br>Not going to mention Honeycomb which is beyond anything IOS has currently.<br><br>The reason more and more people are using Android, is because for the past couple of years, IOs has been trailing Android OS on many fronts and Apple has no answer for this even 30 months later!. <br><br>The diff are huge in favor of Android. IOs fans can talk about the polished OS and experience. Android will talk about what Android has and iPhone users wish for, you can actually do more with Android than you can with IOs.<br><br>Hardwarewise, Apple stinks!<br><br>A) No SuperAmoleds<br>B) No Nova screens<br>C) No 3D screens<br>D) No usb port<br>E) No external HDMI port<br>F) No DLNA<br>G) Inferior Bluetooth spec.<br>H) No external docks<br>I) No large screens<br>J) No multiprocessor<br><br>Both lists can go on for a long time. Fact is, Android innovates, IOs started to trail since Donut, Apple has not caught on yet.
    Uralbas
    • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

      @Uralbas

      Your Android wins. So?
      kenosha77a
      • empty bullet points

        @kenosha7777 <br>that's all they got: empty bullet points on a feature list. it is always fun to come here. zdnet, the last hideaway of the clueless apple haters.<br><br>let's see:<br><br>- multitasking<br>ahem, iOS 4 anyone?<br><br>-swype<br>an input method that no one talks about anymore and hardly anyone uses<br><br>- real cloud<br>he probably means, google services and yes all of those cloud services are available for the iPhone, some are only available on the iphone<br><br>- wifi and 3g video chat<br>yes, with skype<br><br>- use as a real laptop<br>no, all you got with the atrix docking station is a web browser and your apps on a bigger screen, no "real laptop", sorry, just idiotic hype<br><br>- virtual machines (?, another idiotic buzzword)<br>no, no "virtual machine" on your bigger screen, only a web browser<br><br>- google navigation<br>a really awful navigation service for free? there are lots of those in the appstore for iOS too. of course you can also buy some quality navigation apps from garmin or tom tom<br><br>- gestures<br>available in iOS for two years now (you can shake it or bump it for certain tasks), but i guess you mean drawing a letter to search something, instead of just typing it (which would be much faster), what a stupid idea<br><br>- real 3D<br>that sounds so dumb, i don't even know where to begin, real 3D? you gotta be kidding, you probably mean 3D screens on phones? yeah, vaporware.<br><br>and i almost forgot:<br>excitement on the CES floors over the iphone coming to verizon:<br><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/yho/%7B1E5F9BF1%2DA19E%2D4380%2DA414%2DF993B324E416%7D#!1E5F9BF1-A19E-4380-A414-F993B324E416" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/yho/%7B1E5F9BF1%2DA19E%2D4380%2DA414%2DF993B324E416%7D#!1E5F9BF1-A19E-4380-A414-F993B324E416" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><a href="http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/yho/%7B1E5F9BF1%2DA19E%2D4380%2DA414%2DF993B324E416%7D#!1E5F9BF1-A19E-4380-A414-F993B324E416" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.marketwatch.com/video/asset/yho/%7B1E5F9BF1%2DA19E%2D4380%2DA414%2DF993B324E416%7D#!1E5F9BF1-A19E-4380-A414-F993B324E416</a></a></a>
        banned from zdnet
    • Such desperation because of a new model

      @Uralbas You must be really pissed about the iPhone finally arriving on VZ.

      Let me guess ... you are infuriated about the fact that you just signed a 2 year contract and could had gotten an iPhone if you waited a few more days.
      wackoae
      • Rofl I really don't care

        Just wanted to open your eyes, and it seems like Apple and its fans are desperate. <br><br>Three years ago I predicted Android would overtake IOs and it has. A year ago I predicted Android would have more apps than IOs by Feb 2011, well got that wrong by a month or two, it shall be March or April 2011.<br><br>Regardless, which ever way you look I was right iPhone fans were wrong. What I stated just exposes why it happen.<br><br>Honestly at this point Win7 is more of a threat to Android than iPhone is. With so many options and prices comming down for smartphones. Apple wont be able to leverage the price or technological lead it once had. Apple needed a game changer a year ago, there was none, this year it would be nice if they kept their competition level up and provided some awe.

        Seems to me Apple (and its fans) lost their mojo.
        Uralbas
      • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

        @wackoae And obliging, I did have a 3GS for a before buying a G1, yes, it was nicer looking at the time, but it could not do multitasking or use a hotspot then. Even back then Android offered so much potential and never had regrets about it.

        On the other hand it seems you wish you hand't gotten a 4G and should have waited for a Galaxy S, a Bionic, and Atrix or an Optimus 2x. Why pin your hopes on Apple? Ge real!
        Uralbas
      • I don't have an iPhone, however...

        I don't have an iPhone, however, I don't see the real advantages of using one carrier over another. It seems to come down to where you live if Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint is the better carrier.

        The other part I don't understand is why would someone want to lock themselves to a CDMA carrier? If you buy an iPhone for Verizon and you decide you want to use Sprint... you can't. You have to buy a brand new phone. With GSM phones, you can unlock the phone. If at the end of your contract (or even before) you're not happy with AT&T or whomever, you can unlock your phone and use someone else.

        At least with AT&T you can keep your phone if you're not happy with the service. With Sprint or Verizon, you [i]have[/i] to buy a new phone if you want to switch carriers.

        Not to mention the added advantage of the rest of the planet using GSM.
        olePigeon
    • Nice post. I agree with everything you wrote 100% (nt)

      @Uralbas
      NonZealot
      • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

        @NonZealot - Which is why you (as stated by you) own BOTH an iPhone and a MacBook Pro.

        You have no credibility here or anywhere. Make sure to get some extra blankets....you're momma's basement will get cold tonight.
        The Danger is Microsoft
      • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

        @NonZealot Bahahahah punked fool!!

        Cue YOUR double standard.
        cyberslammer2
    • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

      Do you buy a Ford instead of Chevy in 2011... because 1 of them were *FIRST* to start using automatic transmissions many decades ago?

      Do you buy your cell phone based on which has the feature *FIRST* ... or which has the feature designed *BEST*?
      CathyCC
      • Agreed.. I go with the best.

        @CathyCC

        And the best is the iPhone... The best user experience of all smart phones.

        What good is a car that goes the speed of sound if you never want to drive it? Specs mean absolutly nothing... What matters is that you spend your money on something you enjoy. And hands down, people enjoy iPhone and do not enjoy Roid. Roid is a pain in the butt (the name even fits). It's more high maintenance than a needy boyfriend/girlfriend... And no one likes needy. I want technology that I own, I don't want technology that owns me. I see morons walking around who are slaves to their Roids... Why? Who wants a malware infested wild west without a sheriff? I'll take a highly enjoyable, low-maintenance "walled garden" any day of the week and twice on Saturdays.
        i8thecat
    • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

      @Uralbas Wow, threatened by the VZW iPhone? I haven't seen Android Army Boys this scared since the imminent release of the iPhone 4...

      Sure Android has things that iOS doesn't... Let's roll the list...

      A) Fragmentation. And please don't try to pretend that it does not exist - it is the 800 lb gorilla in the room. Sure iOS has some fragmentation issues but nowhere near the issues Android has.

      B) Preinstalled Carrier Crapware... an experience that can only be rectified by rooting (aka jailbreaking) the device.

      C) NO Backwards hardware compatibility... Tell me how many Android devices are stuck on AOS 1.6? 2.0? Ones that were supposed to be upgraded to 2.1 or 2.2... So far the ONLY iPhone model that is incapable of running the latest version of iOS is the original iPhone... my 3G runs iOS 4.2.1 just fine as does my iPhone 4.

      D) Random SMS recipients - Man that's gotta be rough sending a text meant for one person and it being instead sent to a random person from one's address book... amusing at best really freaking awkward at worst.

      E) NO Enterprise capabilities. None.

      Oh and wasn't the original Android concept based on the Blackberry OS until the runaway success if the original iPhone? You know back in the era when Eric Schmidt of Google was on Apple's board? Kinda funny how after the success of the original iPhone that the Android OS began to resemble iOS instead of the BB OS... Kinda kills the whole "Android innovates" theory you have.

      Thanks for an amusing post and revealing just how much a VZW iPhone threatens your world.
      athynz
      • ROFL a few years down the line

        We shall see if someone remembers the iPhone.

        Everyone will be looking for the latest treat from Android.

        Hey, will get back to you in three years, until then cheers.

        I'm smiling, cause haven't failed so far with my predictions.
        Uralbas
      • Oh yeah, regarding your post

        My G1 still runs 2.2, thank you very much. And it does multitask.

        Backward compatibility, does the iPhone 3G multitask??

        For that matter does the 4G multitask, or just provide an ilusion for iPhone diehards?

        ROFL.
        Uralbas
      • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

        @athynz Why are you replying to him, up until this morning he didn't exist...

        He's an obvious plant by Android. His posts are ten miles long and look just like a PR pitch for android.

        Run along paid shill.
        cyberslammer2
  • Not me...

    @MobileAdmin Everyone I know that spoke about getting an I-Phone on Verizon just a month ago, now wants a Bionic with the Dual Core Tegra and larger screen. <br><br>I think it is time that people faced facts, Apple is yesterday's tech and once Again Steve Jobs has lead them to the pinnacle of their company only to lose sight of the fact that it is the people who decide what succeeds in the market and not poor Mr Jobs. <br><br>With his health issues it is unlikely we'll see a third Apple resurgence and what someone has recently noted is quite true, Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 on Arm are bigger threats to Android than Apple is right now with their stubborn leadership.<br><br> Ironically, they would have been much more successful with the iPad and iPhone 4 if they had yielded to the demands for Flash on iOS.
    slickjim
    • Another excellent post

      @Peter Perry
      Thank you for your insight.
      NonZealot
    • RE: iPhone (finally) coming to VZW on Tuesday (spoiler: no LTE)

      @Peter Perry - Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 on Arm is at least 18 months away. Have fun waiting for your new doorstop!
      The Danger is Microsoft
  • How to break your AT&amp;T contract for free.

    Your 2-year contract with AT&T works both ways:
    I agree to pay AT&T monthly.
    AT&T agrees to provide me with cell service.

    *BOTH* parties have to uphold their part of the deal.

    We recently got out of our contract with AT&T because their coverage had so many problems.

    (Or did you think you could be forced to pay $2400.00 for 2 years of service... and not get service?)

    I would love to have a business where you are forced to pay me each month... and I do *NOT* have to provide you with the service you are paying for.
    CathyCC