Have you been a loyal Apple fan but have not been too happy with the coverage and dropped calls of the AT and T service? Have you been a loyal Verizon customer, but really wanted to have the iPhone as your cellular device? If the previous question set applies to you, the following article will clarify the official release date of the iPhone to the Verizon network.
In mid January, Verizon made an official statement that they will soon be carrying the iPhone 4 as a communication and data device on their cellular network. The talk of Verizon carrying the iPhone has been brewing ever since Apple signed a contract with a Chinese manufacturer last march. Since that time the release date was speculated several times to be September, then November for holiday sales, but there was never a peep from the Verizon officials confirming or denying these allegations.
It is now official, the iPhone will be available to current customers on February 3rd and to new customers on the 10th. The largest letdown of this announcement was that the phone will operate on their current CDMA network rather than on their 4G LTE network. Their rationale for this is that the major complaints of current iPhone users is dropped calls and lack of coverage area. Their current network offers the most stable coverage and reliability available. The major question still unanswered is whether customers will be able to simultaneously browse the web and talk on their device while not on a wifi hotspot. Current AT and T customers are able to do this and this offers more than just web browsing, but also the ability to use the maps feature to find a location and to send emails while talking. These features are hallmark functions of the current iPhone 4 and the AT and T network and are charished by many potential and current users. Naturalist Kitchen
Verizon announced that the price of the devices would be the same as the current prices for new or eligible upgradable customers ont he AT and T network; those being $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB model. If you are not eligible for an upgrade the price is $499 for the 16GB or $599 for the 32GB. The details of the Verizon specific device capabilities are yet unreleased, but speculations assume that this device will not have the death grip issue or oil build up issue of the AT and T model. The rest is left in secrecy until the big release date.