Verizon iPhone drops Feb. 10

Nation's top cell carrier confirms $200 16GB, $300 32GB versions of Apple's handset will be available in under a month.

Following unconfirmed reports last week, today Apple made it official: The iPhone is coming to Verizon. In a joint statement, the electronics giant and cell phone carrier announced that starting Thursday, February 10, the coveted handheld will be available on the latter's network. Two versions of the iPhone 4--a $200 16GB model and a $300 32GB model--will initially be offered with a two-year service contract. Both models will be black, with white versions to follow in the coming months.

Verizon's version of the iPhone arrives February 10.

At a press gathering at Lincoln Center in New York City, Apple COO Tim Cook and Verizon COO Lowell McAdam took the stage to discuss the deal. There, according to GameSpot sibling site CNET, the two confirmed that the Verizon iPhone 4 would use the carrier's CDMA network, not the GSM standard used by AT&T iPhones. As a result, the antenna on the handheld was redesigned, forcing the ringer/mute switch to be moved down slightly--meaning existing iPhone cases and bumpers won't fit.

The Verizon deal means that AT&T's monopoly on the iPhone has finally been broken. The nation's second-largest cell phone carrier had reportedly signed a several-year exclusivity deal with Apple when the iPhone was first released in 2007. According to McAdam, Apple began discussions with Verizon two years ago, when the design process of a CDMA-compatible iPhone began.

In addition to the slightly tweaked form factor, the Verizon iPhone will have one more functionality than its AT&T sibling. The phone will ship with the ability to become a personal Mi-Fi hotspot, allowing up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices to connect to the Internet.

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59 comments
DKant
DKant

It's so weird reading this on Gamespot...

livelife1982
livelife1982

The white iPhone has been missing because of Apple's massive mistake of making the phone out of glass. Aside from being fragile, the iPhone 4 also runs hot and has been changing the color of the white glass to yellow. Apple has not wanted to release it because of that.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

So that's were all the white iPhones went :)

oneligas
oneligas

Remember kids when companies use commercials about competitors being a totalitarian state that just means give it a few decades till apple sets up it's own evil empire such as ipod, iphone, ipad and ioverpaidforapplesnewestgimmickupdatedgarbage

gamerpipe
gamerpipe

Verizon is so old. catch up to Android veri

livelife1982
livelife1982

Alright, even I noticed the typos. Stupid iPhone autocorrect. Welcome to our world Verizon customers. I hate autocorrect.

livelife1982
livelife1982

In all honesty, because Verizon is still using CDMA, ATT is not worried. Any customers willing or foolish enough to switch will simply not get the same type of service. I use an iPhone for work and a different one for personal. Often I am texting, surfing the web and talking on either all at the same time. Not possible via Verizon. UMTS is ATT's baby and yes call quality is not amazing during peak times. However it is a data centric service and technology. The iPhone 4 doesn't even run HSPA+, but still gets up to 9 or 10 Mbps in some areas. Impossible to Verizon on CDMA. Even the next iPhone may not be 4G so noone get there hopes up. Also LTE will not even be good for two more years on all networks. When it is widely used, ATT will still be faster due to their greater investment in fiber as their networks backbone. As well as when of LTE network an ATT phone will use HSPA+ any way and not CDMA. Data is the future not voice. Look towards the future and way all your options before making a choice on phone or carriers. That's all I'm saying. Do your homework on data networks and tech first.

shaun_ofda_dead
shaun_ofda_dead

Gamespot, you lose! I heard this on NPR this afternoon first :P

HaloPimp978
HaloPimp978

Would switch but I plan on getting the 3DS day one.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I don't want the phone to drop price, I want the monthly bill to drop!

shaunchgo
shaunchgo

Perfect timing as my T-Mobile contract ended last Oct. I need to upgrade my 8 yr old iPod. An iPhone makes sense.

caseypayne69
caseypayne69

Since Verizon is using CDMA. Iphone going from AT&T to Verizon will be like Halo going from Xbox to Wii.

Shadow_Dog
Shadow_Dog

Verizon is retarded for still using CDMA.

jsnowbordr47
jsnowbordr47

Can't wait to get rid of this Android handset. I was forced to buy it because I can't move away from Verizon since all the family is on it. My Android experience has been less than stellar. I especially hate how the navigation app likes to randomly exit or crash the OS while navigating a busy street.lol Welcome to Verizon Apple!!!

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

lol then you must have not known a lot of people who got the iphone because less than 1% of the people who bought one experienced problems. that whole "antenna-gate" was completely exaggerated due to the anticipation of apple's new phone.

totaleklypse
totaleklypse

i'll stick with my droid2 global. it's more powerful and does a hell of a lot more than an iphone

Smithers2286
Smithers2286

Wait a minute...Did people want this? Who cares about the iPhone really? Apple fanboys? Just about everyone I know who wanted one so bad and went and bought one ended up getting rid of it because of all of the issues they had with it. Get a Droid X, Incredible, or wait and get a Droid Bionic or any of the up and coming dual core powered phones. The iPhone is dated, and is looking to be replaced by Android and WP7.

MADDjoe
MADDjoe

Droid Bionic is what I'm waiting for, but I bet GS won't make a news article about that, will you. And than again why post stuff about phones on a gaming web site. This violates the rules of this site and you have been warned, Any further action will result in your account being terminated. Sound familiar, GS!

moncealyo
moncealyo

I'll stick to my free phone and get a 3DS.

Byaku524
Byaku524

Nice...but what about the others? *cough T-mobile cough*

Dilrod
Dilrod

@killerfetuss the pricing is exactly the same as it is with AT&T. $199 (16gig) or $299 (32gig) with contracts. Without contracts, $599 and $699. Here are your downsides to the verizone iPhone 4: Big thing is this. Sim cards. Good luck when u need a new phone because you want to switch around phones on you account. Verizon has to totally reprogram phones and AT&T just swaps sim cards with no additional costs. Speed. Why is verizon not waiting for an LTE compatible device? Verizons 3G service, although is available in far greater areas than at&t's is waaaaaay slower. Not only that, if you get an iPhone now, your contract won't be eligible to renew. So I advise to wait. At&t's iPhone 4 is capable of hspa+ speeds and will work on our LTE being released this year. NO VOICE AND DATA SIMULTANEOUSLY. No international roaming. Go out of the country? At least it's an iPod for your trip. The people who complain about coverage. Don't think everything is going to be double rainbows and unicorns at Verizon. People who complain about customer service: all iPhone stuff is handled by apple, not AT&T. That will not change and the service nightmares will continue.

Nick_2266
Nick_2266

it's about time. i can't wait

okassar
okassar

I'll probably wait and get a 4G dual core HTC phone that has a huge screen and runs on Android, better in every way.

yaba
yaba

It's about time. Now my decision not to buy it is my decision, not the decided of my cell phone contract.

noble95x
noble95x

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noble95x
noble95x

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robertgossett79
robertgossett79

No thanks, I'll stick with AT&T for my iPhone. I had Verizon from 2004 to 2010 and for the last year from 2009 - 2010 that I had them, I had nothing but problems making calls and texts not going thru. Then I got with AT&T and have to admit, I do get a few dropped calls in my iPhone 3GS, but not that much. And since Verizon doesn't support the iPhone's multitasking technology to go on the web and talk at the same time, that is a big problem! Good luck with that Verizon!

RapidFirE53211
RapidFirE53211

Why is this even on here? It has nothing to do with games...unless someone at GS is one of those idiots who claim the iPhone is a console....

taliff
taliff

Sticking with my Droid X. Had the iPod touch ever since release back in 07 and the Droid software is better in almost every way. Still funny to see the ads for the iPhone that claim it has the full internet on the phone. No... Lack of Flash support is not the full internet. Until Steve Jobs lifts the restrictions he has on the iOS, the iPhone will just be a throttled back toy for highschool and college kids. Then again that really doesn't matter, because in 6 months they will release the iPhone 5 and add one small feature that no one will even use and it will sell just as well as all the previous versions did.

jshaas
jshaas

It's funny to me that people are bashing AT&T's network, but the Verizon iPhone won't be able to talk + surf. It also won't be compatible with Verizon's new 4G network. I don't know how big of a factor these things are for the people waiting to jump ship, but I would wait for these things to be fixed before signing up for another contract. On a side note... this will be good for both Apple and Verizon. Who doesn't like more money? I can see this putting a pretty big dent in Verizon's Android sales as well.

sliperywhenwet6
sliperywhenwet6

Next phone upgrade unless I feel like dropping the $200 on it.

dylan417
dylan417

Cool, but I will stick with my good ol' Droid.

DevilMightCry
DevilMightCry

This is great news. I've had AT&T, T-Mobile, and now that I've had Verizon for a year, I can attest to Verizon's much superior service, and signal. AT&T ranks last in Consumer Reports in EVERY category. Why is it on GameSpot? Because, whether you like it or not iPhone is also a gaming device besides being a phone. Kind of like a PC not only being a gaming machine.

kejigoto
kejigoto

I'll stick with my Android phone thank you very much, I don't want to be limited to a certain cell phone carrier just because of something like the iPhone, especially when there are products out there which are vastly superior to what you get with the iPhone. I'm glad that they are at least trying to expand their base abit, but again Apple shines true to itself as they successfully manage to make it so all iPhone 4 covers are now useless (get ready for overpriced iPhone 4V covers!) and my adding in a simple update to allow Mi-Fi hotspot, which is something other phones and devices have been doing for awhile. Maybe this time they can at least make it so the phone gets signal out of the box....

KillerFetuss
KillerFetuss

@brandojones and @Cwagmire21 The price is AFTER the two year contract. Before, it will likely be $100+ more. Lucky for me, I switched to AT&T for the iPhone, and now I can go back to VZW and get the $200 one no problem.

reckeweg
reckeweg

@ IAMTHEVIPQUEEN, the iPhone plays games the last time I checked abd a lot of them. This is a news worthy story for the site.

eightdotthree
eightdotthree

Who cares? Apple missed the opportunity to own the market by two years. They slacked and tried to keep the iPhone exclusive as they do with everything branded apple and now android holds a much higher share than apple. Good job apple, way to go pushing your phone into obscurity like you did with the mac os. My evo owns an Iphone.

IAMTHEVIPQUEEN
IAMTHEVIPQUEEN

VideoGames news???? If it was related to a particular game or gaming per se, than I understand.....or is it to simply increase traffic venue since "iphone search" is usually high?

cajunstrike
cajunstrike

Agreed. GameSpot considers this newsworthy simply because Apple's iOS platform (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad) has a very significant user and developer base - casual gaming or otherwise.

gerhardtscriven
gerhardtscriven

A second carrier? *gasp* The press goes mad. Twitter servers fail. All hail Apple. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tekcor
Tekcor

Why does GameSpot insist on using white iPhone graphics? It was canceled. The prices listed are with contract, no way Verizon could offer those prices without contract. An out-of-contract iPhone costs $600-$700 dollars. I was an AT&T customer before the iPhone, and am reasonably satisfied. I mean, all carriers are pure evil, so just pick one they're all pretty much the same. This is a good thing for AT&T customers, since Verizon will finally give AT&T something to compete against. Either AT&T will stop raping us stupid, or Verizon will fold and need to scale back their offerings once they realize the iPhone is crippling their network.

Expo_Smacko
Expo_Smacko

Cool, but I rather spend that money on my 3DS.

JillV
JillV

I think I might switch to Verizon now with the Iphone no longer being exclusive to AT&T.

THE_BIONIC_ARM
THE_BIONIC_ARM

who really cares until they come out with a 4G compatible iphone though.

Cwagmire21
Cwagmire21

@brandojones I also wonder if that includes the normal price drop with a contract. I'm still loving my android phone but a small part of me wished I waited a few months. However, what will be interesting is to see how AT&T will hold up since the vast majority of their users flocked to them for the iPhone only.