by George Heymann

It’s official iPhone coming to Verizon

by George Heymann

The day has come: The official announcement from Verizon and Apple regarding the availability of the iPhone on their network. Verizon’s president and CEO, Lowell McAdam, made the announcement that Verizon has inked a non-exclusive, multi-year partnership deal with Apple for the CDMA iPhone.

On Feb. 3, existing customers will be able to pre-order; on Feb. 10, everyone will be able to order.
The Verizon iPhone will be $199 for the 16GB or $299 for the 32GB version with a new 2- year contract. Surprisingly, the Verizon data plans will include the option for mobile hotspot service for up to five devices. Pricing for the iPhone data plans and the hotspot service were not announced.

Verizon’s Dan Dee stressed that his company was ready for this launch, emphasizing that its network is prepared to handle the increased demand on network resources iPhone users will place, thus avoiding the type of situation many AT&T users experienced when the iPhone was introduced on that network. We won’t have to wait long to see if it’s true.

At least initially, The Verizon iPhone will be CDMA (EV-DO) only — no 4G or GSM. So this will not be a true world phone; it is restricted to the CDMA network.

When asked why Apple didn’t go the LTE (4G) route, Apple’s COO Tim Cook responded: “The first generation LTE chipsets force design changes we wouldn’t make. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been asked, ‘When will it work on Verizon?'”

No design changes were made to the Verizon iPhone other than an antenna redesign that was required in order to to get the iPhone to work with the CDMA Verizon network. Verizon’s CDMA network doesn’t support simultaneous voice and data like the GSM network, and the Verizon iPhone will also have that limitation.


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