After months and months (feels like years) of speculation, Verizon has finally made it official: a slightly reconfigured iPhone 4 will soon be available on their network. Thus ends the era of AT&T only availability. Verizon's Lowell Mcadam announced their CDMA version (sorry, no LTE) of the iPhone 4, which will be ready for pre-order for current iPhone customers on February 3rd everyone else will get the opportunity on February 10th for $199 for a 16GB model and $299 for a 32GB version.
Engadget already got some hands-on time with the new iPhone confirming the Personal Hotspot wi-fi is built into the Verizon model.
The noticeable change is the repositioning of the antenna, which might just be attributed to the use of CMDA versus the GSM iteration. This may mean all those case makers might need to tweak their designs for new Verizon iPhone 4 customers, but it will give a visual cue about which network your iPhone 4 toting friend is using. No verification yet about data plans being unlimited, nor official pricing, but this Verizon version will allow for a 3G WiFi connection via a built-in Personal Hotspot feature for up to five devices (with a likely additional fee), a small, but welcome additional feature.
What we currently know about the Verizon iPhone 4:
- New antenna design
- Verizon 3G Mobile Hotspot for wi-fi access for up to 5 devices
- iOS 4.2.5
- $199 16GB, $299 32GB with 2 year contract
- No simultaneous voice and data due to CDMA
- No 4G data or GSM roaming
- Available for pre-order on Feburary 3rd for existing Verizon customers, February 10th for everyone else
You can currently signup for an email notification at the official Verizon iPhone site.