iPhone 4 Coming to Verizon Wireless Early Next Month
After years of rumor and speculation, the iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon Wireless on February 10. Existing Verizon customers will get exclusive pre-order access starting February 3.
Verizon has announced that the iPhone 4 will run on Verizon's CDMA network and not its new 4G LTE network as some have speculated. It will, allow for global roaming, with voice and text in more than 40 countries and data in more than 20 countries.
A splash page on Verizon's Website lists the iPhone 4's starting price as $199.99 for a 16 GB model with a two-year contract. A 32 GB model will cost $299.99, same as with AT&T. The 8 GB iPhone 3GS, which now costs $49 with AT&T, will not be available on Verizon's network.
Although the phone will be mostly the same as AT&T's iPhone 4, Verizon's version can also be used as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five connections through a pre-installed app. AT&T's iPhone can only tether to computers through USB. On the downside, Verizon iPhone users will not be able to talk and use data at the same time.
As for carrier bloatware, none will come pre-installed on the device, but a FAQ on Verizon's Website says it will make "other popular apps available in the market such as VZ Navigator, and V CAST Media Manager."
Some basic specs, unchanged from AT&T's version: The iPhone 4 has a 960-by-640 resolution screen, a 5-megapixel camera with Flash, a front-facing camera for video chat and gyroscope sensors for gaming.
Verizon and Apple won't say whether an iPhone 5 will launch this summer, as has been the custom with previous AT&T iPhones.
According to Technologizer's live blog, Apple has a multi-year, non-exclusive arrangement with Verizon. So there's a chance that the iPhone could come to Sprint and T-Mobile as well.
Verizon subscribers can check their availability here.