Enterprise Mobility: Verizon iPhone 4 Launches to Customer Lines, Upbeat Analysts
Verizon iPhone 4 Launches to Customer Lines, Upbeat Analysts
by Nicholas Kolakowski
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.
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.??Ã
Verizon is selling the iPhone 4 for either $199 for the 16GB model or $299 for the 32GB model with a two-year contract.
Verizon was also using the iPhones launch to promote the iPad in its stores.
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.??Ã
Despite the hoopla surrounding the iPhone 4 on its network, Verizon stores seem to be prominently featuring other devices, including Motorolas Droid franchise.??Ã
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.??Ã
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.
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.
The Verizon iPhone supports "Personal Hotspots," which let it connect up to five WiFi devices.