The exclusive partnership between Apple and AT&T wireless has finally come to an end! At a press conference in New York today, Verizon's COO Lowell McAdam announced that the company will begin selling its own iPhone 4 starting next month. Wilson's off covering the announcement, so Digital City's Joseph Kaminski fills in for an agnostic perspective on the release.
The Verizon iPhone 4 will be the same model that AT&T carries now except that the Verizon version will connect to the CDMA network instead of GSM. Aside from better service (hopefully), Verizon will also offer personal Wi-Fi "hot spot" access that lets up to five devices connect wirelessly to the iPhone at once- no word yet on how much extra you'll have to pay for that, however.
Additionally, one of the limitations is that CDMA is that the network won't allow for simultaneous Internet browsing and voice calling, which might be a dealbreaker to some, but most will just be satisfied to make uninterrupted phone calls.
Starting on February 10, a 16GB and 32GB model will cost $200 and $300 respectively with a 2-year contract dea, but we're still in the dark regarding data prices and whether or not there will be an unlimited options on deckl.
So this leaves current AT&T subscribers in a tricky situation: jump ship now and pre-order the Verizon iPhone 4 or wait a few months for Apple to release the next version, hopefully with access to Verizon's superfast 4G LTE network? Check out today's show to hear our best advice for prospective iPhone owners!
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