Verizon iPhone - All you need to know!

Verizon iPhone - All you need to know!

Summary: Everything you need to know from the Verizon iPhone announcement, distilled into concise, easy to swallow bullet-points.

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Everything you need to know from the Verizon iPhone announcement, distilled into concise, easy to swallow bullet-points.

(Updates real-time as they happen)

  • iPhone 4 to be offered to Verizon customers.
  • Availability 02:10:11.
  • CDMA support only, no LTE.
  • Price starting at $199 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB handset (2-year contract and data bundle required).
  • Mobile hotspot (tethering) for up to five devices included (unknown at this point whether this will be free or not).
  • Because the handset is CDMA and not GSM, no simultaneous voice and data.
  • No details announced on data plans or pricing.
  • Option to purchase handset contract-free for full retail price.
  • According to Apple COO Tim Cook, 4G wasn't offered because it would have meant too much of a redesign. No LTE because Verizon wanted to take advantage of its 3G network.
  • Looks like that iPhone chassis leak the other day was the CDMA iPhone 4. The position of the mute switch and volume controls have been moved slightly to (I assume) accomodate antanna changes and/or internal changes. Verizon FAQ confirms this by saying that existing iPhone 4 cases and covers may not work on the Verizon model:   Q: If I have an iPhone 4 on another wireless carrier and switch to an iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless, will all of my accessories be compatible?   A: Most accessories should work, however you may find that cases and covers could be different depending on the product manufacturer.
  • How much will it cost to end your AT&T contract? Find out using this Wolfram Alpha widget.

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  • Not Happy- stuck with Android

    So just wait for iPhone 5... ugh I hate my Android Galaxy S, was hoping for 4g LTE iPhone, no sense in upgrading right now and come June be stuck...
    Hasam1991
    • Liar

      @Hasam1991
      NonZealot
    • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

      @Hasam1991 why do you hate your galaxy S?
      Jimster480
  • Hurry up and wait

    ...to see what's next
    use_what_works_4_U
  • I'll be an early adopter...

    ...and write it off on my taxes. I'll get a new phone when they switch to LTE for the iPhone 5.
    yondershore
  • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

    I really just don't care, because I am on AT&T and will be with them. I really see it as a good thing for AT&T because some of network consumers would leave AT&T and the bandwidth will be freed for network users like me to do real stuff.
    Ram U
  • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

    iPhone hardware is always an interesting game. Do you jump now or later. With the iPhone, they come out with a new version every year. So if you have a 2 year contract, you will be stuck with an outdated phone for a while.

    I like my Droid and will be staying with Android. But my wife will most definitely be switching from her Blackberry to the iPhone.
    BDonor
  • It'll be interesting to see the impact...

    I don't really know if it will make as big of a dent as people are expecting it to. My guess is that most diehard fanboi's already have them with AT&T, so the only people they stand assured to pick up are traitors to AT&T, and people who are too confused with Android phones. How many people will opt to buy a smartphone for the first time now that the iPhone's out? Beats me.

    I don't think many nerds/geeks will rush out to buy the iPhone, when LTE's on the horizon and the iPhone is quite average for today's standards.
    rlorenz
    • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

      @rlorenz agreed samsung, motorola, htc, and I dare say lg and others are making much more up to date devices for less than or equal to the price of the iphone
      Epomerantz
  • No Verizon LTE iPhone this June

    Putting an LTE transmitter in the iPhone will require significant Apple technology changes. As the Verizon LTE network will not be finished until 2013, Apple has time to redesign the technology to support an LTE transmitter. My guess,the 2012 iPhone, when Verizon LTE coverage will be at 80%.
    pbh444
    • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

      @pbh444 Just because it isn't finished until 2013 doesn't mean they won't be implementing continuously. They will probably have pretty good coverage by year-end, so summer releases of LTE smartphones (including iPhone) is almost guaranteed.
      rpsin
  • Happy with AT&T...

    My iPhone has 1,500 minutes for $50; yes fifteen-hundred minutes. My plan is quite old, many years ago for about three weeks AT&T offered that plan so, I will not change to a lower minute higher price plan.

    The Verizon "no simultaneous voice and data" is a deal breaker as well. Often while talking on my iPhone, I need to photographic an item send it to the client. As we are talking they get it in their e-mail; too-cool. Other times as I am talking I need to web search finding an item or data for the client. For me voice and data at the same time is important. YMMV.
    BubbaJones_
  • is it necessary...

    for every blogger @ zdnet to do a story on iphone on verizon?
    SonofaSailor
  • international capable?

    Does anyone know if the verizon iphone 4 will include an international gsm radio for use overseas like the verizon blackberry world phones do? maybe?
    chickendance
    • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

      @chickendance - Nope. The phone is CDMA only. It's not a world phone.
      NSL
  • No Simultaneous voice and data....NO DEAL!!

    The most important point in the list:
    "Because the handset is CDMA and not GSM, no simultaneous voice and data."

    NO DEAL...I'll stick with AT&T!!

    Personally I wish iPhone would have come out on Sprint 4G rather than Verizon. If that had happened I would have been all giddy and left AT&T. But, for now, I'll stay with AT&T and re-evaluate when LTE is an option.
    motoxer913
    • Do you use that a lot?

      @motoxer913 I switched from AT&T to Verizon a while back due to service issues (I had an iPhone 3gs, now I have a Droid) and I haven't even noticed that you can't use data and voice at the same time. It's never been an issue, I guess.
      lostarchitect
      • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

        @lostarchitect yes becaues most people dont use the phone and internet at the same time on their smartphone. I have an EVO and it can as long as you are on 4G since you cant do it on 3G. but there is Wifi and 4G in so many places these days that it wouldn't be an issue even if I had to do it .
        Jimster480
  • This makes me really want...

    Having read and digested the Verizon iPhone announcement, I am even more anxious for a new WebOS phone from HP/Palm. I will even settle for the rumored Palm Pre 2 as I wait for a truly updated iPhone...
    gary.lipkin
  • RE: Verizon iPhone - All you need to know

    Living in the "backwoods", I'll be one of the last to have 4g anyhow, most likely a year or two. I've needed to upgrade, but resisted android. Just too many "learn to live with it" issues.
    Rich93445