Enterprise Mobility: Verizon iPhone 4 Features New Antenna Design, Same Apple Features
Apple and Verizon Wireless executives took the stage at New York City's Time Warner Center Jan. 11 to reveal one of the tech industry's worst-kept secrets: Apple's popular iPhone is breaking its AT&T exclusivity in the United States and heading to Verizon's CDMA-based network. However, Verizon's iPhone 4 will not utilize the carrier's faster LTE 4G network, because doing so would have resulted in design compromises that Apple was unwilling to make. The Verizon iPhone will be available for preorder for existing Verizon customers starting Feb. 3, before opening to general availability through both the carrier and Apple on Feb. 10. The Verizon iPhone 4 will sell for either $199 for the 16GB model or $299 for the 32GB model with a two-year contract. With the exception of tinkering with the antenna to make it CDMA-applicable, the Verizon iPhone 4 bears little difference from the AT&T version in both hardware and software, with one Verizon-specific exception: This newest version of the popular smartphone supports "Personal Hotspots," which lets it connect up to five WiFi devices. Verizon doubtlessly hopes that the iPhone will work the same magic on its revenue and profits as it did for Apple.