Today, in a press conference in New York, Verizon confirmed that they will begin to provide service for the iPhone 4, starting early in February. The network in use will be CDMA. Prices will be $199 for the 16GB model, and $299 for 32 GB, both of which include a mobile hotspot that can support up to five devices. Those are the same subsidized prices AT&T is asking for a phone that does not include a mobile hotspot.
The promise of a Verizon iPhone has been rumored for a long time, so long, that when the Wall Street Journal’s tech blog, All Things D, broke this story last week, it was greeted with a certain skepticism. A lot of people have held off buying the iPhone because they didn’t want to have AT&T as a carrier. We will stand by to see if this will signal an exodus from AT&T to Verizon. At the very least, a mobile hotspot is a nice enticement. A downside is that as a CDMA device, the Verizon phone won’t be able to handle data connections during calls. Is a Verizon iPhone going to going to get you to drop AT&T, or try the iPhone for the first time? Let us know in the comments!
Update: Pre-orders will begin February 3rd, with the phone hitting the street February 10th.