After four years of AT&T exclusivity, another carrier gets a crack
The big story in tech media this week: as expected, Verizon announced on Tuesday that it will finally carry Apple's iPhone on its network. Until now, Apple had an exclusive deal with AT&T.
Now, Verizon's 93 million customers will be able to carry iPhones. Or, perhaps more accurately, iPhone enthusiasts will now have a choice between AT&T and Verizon. (As Mashable points out, many current iPhone users are eager to switch to Verizon — and are even willing to concede a fee to get out of their current AT&T contracts to do so.)
Verizon made the announcement at a press event in New York. "Today we're partnering with a giant of the industry," Lowell MacAdam, chief executive of Verizon Wireless, said at the start of Tuesday's event. "And that's Apple."
>> Verizon's iPhone 4 will be available in early February.
>> Pre-orders for existing customers begin February 3; Feb. 10 for everyone else.
>> The phone will be carried in Verizon stores and Apple stores as well as online.
>> Prices: $199.99 for the 16 gigabyte version, $299 for 32GB.
>> However, Verizon did not announce pricing for service plans.
>> This is pretty cool: Verizon's iPhone will also work as a mobile hotspot that can power up to five devices.