Verizon To Begin Offering iPhone Next Month
It's true. Verizon will begin selling the iPhone 4 early next month, it was announced in New York this morning.
Several news outlets live blogging the event are reporting Verizon's announcement of a partnership with Apple. After touting the quality of their network, broadband services and strategic partnerships, Verizon president and COO Lowell McAdam made the announcement at a press conference at Lincoln Center.
Referring to the recently completed Consumer Electronics Show, McAdam said, "It was very clear throughout the week in Las Vegas that data, broadband and video are the major forces driving innovation and growth across the entire high-tech marketplace. ... With computing power moving from the desktop to handheld devices users want to be able to carry all content from their digital lives anywhere they want to go."
"Today," he added, "two industry innovators are coming together to deliver something that consumers have been hungry for for years."
McAdam said the phone will be available Feb. 10 at all Verizon stores at a price of $199.99 for 16 GB devices and $299.99 for 32 GB devices. Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the phone Feb. 3. He also said Verizon is ramping up customer service and building up network capacity in advance of the release, presumably to address concerns related to reliability in the face of years of complaints about AT&T's network service on the phone. AT&T has been the exclusive seller of the iPhone in the U.S. since its release.