The iPhone has dominated the cell phone market for years now. With all the apps, functions, and its sleek interface, what’s not to love about this cellular giant?
Actually, iPhone users have made complaints about a few things. Dropped calls, network instability, the inability to multi-task — this problem having been rectified recently with the iPhone 4 — and other problems are just a part of what they have to deal with to the point that it has become a running joke within the Apple community. However, last year rumors spread like wild fire that the iPhone would be making its way to the Verizon network, renowned for its great network, high Internet speeds, and amazing phone quality. People rejoiced, some cried, and others threw their fists high in the air in triumph. Sadly nothing, not even a whisper, was released from Verizon or Apple about this wondrous merger. Obviously both parties would benefit, with Verizon’s amazing network and Apple’s groundbreaking hardware. Yet iPhone users still had to endure AT&T’s subpar coverage with Apple’s most recent iPhone 4.
Fast-forward to yesterday, January 11, 2011; a day that will be remembered for years to come! Verizon Wireless and Apple announced that the iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10th. “Qualified” Verizon Wireless customers are given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order the iPhone 4 online on February 3rd.
According to the official release: “We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”
“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can’t wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”
The iPhone 4 features a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyroscope and a glass and stainless steel design. The iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint wireless printing. iPhone 4 customers have access to the App Store(SM) with more than 300,000 apps available with a range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Yes, wonderful! Yes, amazing! However, what will this cost me?!” According to the official release, the 16 GB iPhone 4 will be sold for about $200 while the 32 GB model will be sold for about $100 more, with a new 2-year contract.
There you have it; the two cellular giants have finally merged to become one giant business force. Only time will tell how things will work out for AT&T and Verizon. This journalist will definitely be saving up for an iPhone on the Verizon network!