It’s official: the Apple iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon as a CDMA model.
“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”
A number of details were revealed about the CDMA model of the iPhone 4. Verizon confirmed that it will not support simultaneous voice and data usage. Apple also alluded to some antenna changes to support CDMA but it’s not clear what this would mean to signal attenuation issues seen on the original version. Mobile hotspot capabilities supporting up to five devices are also included.
During its press event, Verizon also spent considerable time reassuring everyone that its network was ready for the expected data usage explosion. AT&T has suffered in some areas due to
Verizon will begin offering the Apple iPhone 4 on February 10th, 2011. Prices will start at US$199.99 for the 16GB model and US$299.99 for 32GB one with a two-year contract.