Verizon have announced that they will be carrying the iPhone 4 in the US this year at a press conference in New York. The Verizon iPhone will launch on 10th February. They will be charging $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB model. Verizon are including the ability to host a mobile hotspot, enabling you to add up to 5 other devices to the iPhone’s wireless.
The iPhone casing from last week is the Verizon iPhone – you can see the two black bands on the left hand side (Images courtesy of Engadget.com)
There were reports last week from The Wall Street Journal suggesting that Verizon would be offering unlimited data plans as part of their deal, something that AT&T have recently removed from their plans. Verizon refused to comment on what data plans they will be offering, but they said they would have a ‘strong offer’ to draw people to their network.
The news will come as a great relief to thousands of American users who have bemoaned the fact that the iPhone was previously locked into AT&T. There have been calls for Verizon to take the phone onto their network for many years as complaints about the service and quality of the AT&T network rolled in. In fact even Verizon pointed out how poor AT&T’s service was in an advertising campaign last year.
Engadget have posted some photos on their live stream of the event:
Apple’s Tim Cook is on stage. “We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display.”
UPDATE: $199 for the 16GB, $299 for the 32GB model. Includes a mobile hotspot ability, enabling you to add up to 5 other devices. Nice. Available for pre-ordering on 3rd February, to buy on the 10th.
Looks like it’s CDMA rather than LTE 4G, which will disappoint some.
UPDATE: So, it looks like they have ‘optimised’ the antennae for CDMA. If you look at the picture above you can see the changed location of the black band above the volume buttons. Looks like this is the casing that we saw last week. I wonder if they’ll have solved the problems from the early iPhone 4 days?
Apparently Verizon will announce a ‘strong offer to draw customers’ to Verizon in the near future.
More to follow…