Enterprise Mobility: Verizon iPhone 4 Launches to Customer Lines, Upbeat Analysts

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2011-02-10
 
 
 

Verizon iPhone 4 Launches to Customer Lines, Upbeat Analysts

by Nicholas Kolakowski

Verizon iPhone 4 Launches to Customer Lines, Upbeat Analysts

Early Start

In New York City, Verizon store doors opened at 7 a.m. to accommodate customers either purchasing a new iPhone 4, or transferring their account to Apples smartphone.

Early Start

Verizon iPhone

At least on the outside, the Verizon iPhone differs little from the version previously available on AT&T, with the exception of a redesigned antenna rim.??í

Verizon iPhone

Pricing

Verizon is selling the iPhone 4 for either $199 for the 16GB model or $299 for the 32GB model with a two-year contract.

Pricing

Halo Effect

Verizon was also using the iPhones launch to promote the iPad in its stores.

Halo Effect

Breaking the Lock

The iPhone 4 on Verizon breaks AT&Ts exclusive hold on the iPhone. Analysts seem unanimous in predicting that a percentage of AT&T iPhone customers will migrate to Verizon.??í

Breaking the Lock

Other Devices

Despite the hoopla surrounding the iPhone 4 on its network, Verizon stores seem to be prominently featuring other devices, including Motorolas Droid franchise.??í

Other Devices

Death Grip

Tech Website iLounge reported Feb. 8 that the iPhone 4s "death grip," in which the smartphones signal dies when bare skin touches the lower-left portion of the antenna rim, was present in the Verizon model. Whether customers complain about the issue remains to be seen.??í

Death Grip

Launch

Apple COO Tim Cook and Verizon Wireless executives took to a stage at New York Citys Time Warner Center Jan. 11 to unveil the Verizon iPhone on the carriers CDMA-based network.

Launch

Lack of LTE

The Verizon iPhone 4 will not utilize the carriers faster LTE 4G network, because doing so would have resulted in design compromises that Apple was unwilling to make.

Lack of LTE

Personal Hotspot

The Verizon iPhone supports "Personal Hotspots," which let it connect up to five WiFi devices.

Personal Hotspot

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