Now that the iPhone 4 has been officially announced for Verizon's network, many potential customers are going to be asking an obvious question: what's different? While all of the details regarding the phone are still a mystery, more or less, we do know that, for the most part, the iPhone 4 on Verizon is pretty much the same exact phone that's currently available, and has been available on AT&T's network for some time now. However, there are some changes, so let's go ahead and run through them.
The first question the folks at the Verizon event were asked was of course: Why no LTE? The answer - change in design. Tim's* answer is that the first gen LTE chips forced some design compromises that Apple refused to make. [This is similar to Sony Ericsson not wanting to put HSPA+ in the ARC due to design changes.] They note that this project was more about timing and waiting for LTE integration in the iPhone would have delayed it. Our Verizon rep here says that this is the right time for Verizon customers. They note that this is non-exclusive CDMA - and note - the iPhone doesn't appear to say Verizon in the status bar.
We're live at the Verizon event today and we've got the prices now: $199 for 16GB model; $299 for 32GB model. This phone is due in stores February 10th - this is because they say they're trying to assure consumers their network capacity will deliver in the quality VZ consumers expect. Will we get to try out a review model today? Maybe - maybe not. That date might be too far out into outer space to have a review model on hand now.
We're sitting inside (well, a couple of us are inside,) and we're waiting for the event to begin - this should happen momentarily. For not though, have a look at the few pics we've already snapped up and note that our main man Lowell C. McAdam is announcing the show. He says that Verizon is to bring their broadband power to all kinds of screens on all kinds of devices - that LTE will blanket the US in the next three years - that LTE amps up the speed by 10 and cuts latency in half. He notes that LTE is capable of meeting the needs of the most demanding media customers that that it puts Verison at the hub of the wheel of what is driving the industry.
With rumors suggesting that the Verizon iPhone is just hours away from getting official - don't forget to join us at the SlashGear liveblog! - a new batch of stats suggests that iOS could well dominate Verizon's smartphone line-up if sales patterns follow those at AT&T. Market intelligence firm asymco crunched the numbers and found that iPhone users outnumber Android users on AT&T 15 to 1; meanwhile, AT&T has twice as many iOS users as Verizon has Android users.
Let me apologize in advance for writing yet another article about the Verizon iPhone. If the Verizon event tomorrow is actually the launch of an iPhone on Verizon’s network I am personally very interested to the answers to several major questions that loom in my mind. The answers to these questions will be for me an indicator of the relationship between Apple and Verizon.
Verizon iPhone hyperbole continues, with the latest analyst angle being the potential price difference in UMTS and CDMA radios. J.P. Morgan analyst Mark Moskowitz has been crunching the numbers and is predicting that the Verizon iPhone could cost $20 to $30 more than its AT&T counterpart because of the more expensive components, according to Apple Insider.
Apple is said to be scrapping restocking fees for returned products at their retail stores, a process which previously would have seen regretful shoppers charged 10-percent. According to 9 to 5 Mac, as of January 11 there will be no more restocking charges, though the 14-day return period will still apply. The change in policy will coincide with the expected debut of the Verizon iPhone this week.