If you're a non-Verizon customer looking to pick up the Verizon iPhone on February 10, and Best Buy is your lone avenue of retail, you're in luck. The electronics behemoth made the announcement today that they will be carrying the iPhone on February 10, the same day it goes on sale to the rest of the general public at Apple and Verizon stores.
Lost amongst the flurry of Macworld 2011 late last week, Verizon Wireless announced rates for their voice and data plans on the iPhone 4 -- not to mention how much it will cost you to switch on that awesome Mobile Hotspot feature.
Hot on the heels of the earlier announcement today about Verizon's data pricing plans for the upcoming iPhone, not too far behind was the reveal about the pricing for the device's HotSpot feature. The feature allows users to use their phone as a wireless connection, utilizing Verizon's network to go online.
There's good news this morning for Verizon iPhone customers: The company has officially announced that they will be offering an unlimited iPhone data plan for $30 a month. Given that AT&T did away with their unlimited data plan in favor of tiered pricing last summer for most iPhone users, this could be a very compelling reason to switch carriers.
Yawn, ho hum, another quiet week in the Mac world, as virtually nothing of interest to anyone happened, no big announcements were made, and we spent a week in a deep, deep coma. Wait, what? Something happened? Verizon got the iPhone? (Checking calendar) It's not April Fool's Day? Whew, lucky we've got tons of people on this beat or else this little news exclusive might have slipped right under our radar.
Yep, the public announcement of the Apple and Verizon iPhone deal took only a day. However, there was a lot more elbow grease that went into the deal than what was talked about. Verizon Communications President Lowell McAdam revealed some details in an interview with Bloomberg.
The iPhone landing on Verizon was certainly big news, ending AT&T's reign of exclusivity. On the flip side though, one tidbit got lost amongst the hoopla. Verizon officials have apparently decided to end the "New Every Two" program, which gives Verizon subscribers a credit ranging anywhere from $30-$100 for a new phone every two years.
With the announcement of the Verizon iPhone, we felt bad for our Sprint bretheren, who've been left out of the party. So we wondered if the CDMA phone could be taken over, much like how many jailbroken iPhones have found homes on T-Mobile. After a bit of research, we discovered the truth, which may make some Sprint customers consider the switch.
Apple giveth and Apple taketh away. As quickly as Apple's legendary, white iPhone 4 appeared on Verizon's iPhone launch page it has vanished. If you listen closely, you can hear your local tech-minded fashionista gentle weeping into their morning cereal.
While Verizon's cellular network may be ready for the iPhone's arrival, reports are that their website may not have been ready for the interest in Apple's device. There were multiple occurrences of downtime throughout the day on the Verizon Wireless website. Perchance it could be a good test run of what's to come for the carrier as it hopes to not repeat AT&T's iPhone 4 pre-order nightmare from last summer.