It's Official! Verizon Snags the iPhone
The waiting and all those rumors are finally over. Fans of the iPhone who didn't want AT&T service, and there were many of them, now can satisfy their iPhone fix with Verizon service starting Feb. 10. Verizon and Apple jointly announced Tuesday that iPhone will be joining the Verizon wireless network ending the four-year lock that AT&T had on the the iPhone. Analysts are predicting a sudden boom of iPhone sales when the smartphone goes on sale next month.
"We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry-leading iPhone 4 on the nation's most reliable network," said Lowell McAdam, president and CEO of Verizon, "This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century."
The news can only be good for Apple, which has watched Android sales jump ahead of iPhone sales this year. The Verizon move will surely entice smartphone buyers to try out the iPhone on a carrier that rates higher with more customers.
"Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it, " said Tim Cook Apple's CEO. "We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers."
The iPhone 4 will not differ from the one that has been selling with AT&T service. It has the Retina visual display, which delivers super crisp text, images and video. It also has FaceTime, which allows video calling via Wi-Fi with other iPhone4 users and iPod Touch generation 4 users. iPhone on Verizon will have new Personal Hotspot capabilities that will allow customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.Continued on the next page