January 11, 2011 by staff
Verizon Announcement, (AP) – Verizon Wireless has been the long-awaited announcement Tuesday that it will begin selling a version of the iPhone 4 on Feb. 10, offering buyers of U.S. iPhone a range of media for the first time.
Since its inception in 2007, the phone from Apple Inc. was sold exclusively for AT & T network in the U.S.
Verizon Communications Inc. Chief Operating Officer Lowell McAdam, made the announcement in New York, joined by Apple COO Tim Cook, who called it “the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Verizon and Apple.”
Pre-orders begin on Feb. 3. The price will be $ 200 or $ 300 with a two-year contract, according to the model, much like the iPhone by AT & T. It will be sold by Verizon, Apple and other stores nationwide and on the Internet.
Apple has released its press release at 11:11 on January 11, 2011, or 1/11/11.
AT & T $ 11.1 million iPhones activated during the first nine months of 2010. Analysts now expect Verizon to hang some users of AT & T, but the impact will likely be muted, since most iPhone users have two-year contracts, and many are on plans of family and employer. Verizon has not disclosed its fares service plan Tuesday.
Verizon’s iPhone version works only on the carrier during the “3G” network even if the carrier has pulled a fast “4G” network in many cities. Its super-fast wireless data network is available only for plug-in modem for laptop for now, but Verizon will have smart phones this summer.
Cook said the first-generation “4G” phone chips have forced some design compromises that Apple was unwilling to make.
“Secondly and most importantly, Verizon customers have told us they want the iPhone now,” Cook said. “I can not tell you how many times I’ve been asked and my colleagues have been asked. When will the iPhone work on Verizon’s network?”
The lack of the iPhone 4G will Verizon data rates much slower than AT & T, at least in areas where AT & T $ has updated its 3G network. AT & T spokesman Mark Siegel was quick to point this out, and the fact that users will not be able to browse and talk at the same time on the iPhone Verizon. International roaming is also very limited compared to the version of AT & T.
However, Verizon has much wider national coverage 3G AT & T does, especially inside the country. In coastal cities, the iPhone service can be uneven due to congestion on the network AT & T.
Although Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile operator in the country, he lost out to AT & T in the battle to sign up for high-paying subscribers smart phone because of the exclusive iPhone AT & T. In recent years, Verizon has encouraged phones with Google Inc. Android operating system as an alternative to the iPhone.
Cook would not say whether Verizon will get the 5 iPhone when it debuts this summer, if Apple follows its regular schedule upgrade once a year.
Verizon iPhone 4 is identical in form and function of AT & T, but has a feature AT & T does not: it can act as a portable Wi-Fi hot spot, connect up to five computers or laptops Other features of Verizon’s 3G network via Wi-Fi is a feature that was offered on other smartphones, usually for a monthly surcharge.
The iPhone is the first Verizon working on what is called CDMA networks, a standard also used by Sprint Nextel Corp. and carriers in China and South Korea. Cook said the phone would not be exclusive to Verizon, but he did not say what other carriers could get it. Analysts do not expect Sprint to sell it.
Shares of Verizon Communications fell 84 cents, or 2.3 percent, to 35.08 in trade on Tuesday morning. Apple’s share lost 14 cents to $ 342.32.
AP Technology Writer Barbara Ortutay contributed to this report.
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