Verizon iPhone 4 Announcement

So, there we have it. The mythical creature we have all been talking about for two years has finally appeared. Looks like we will find out more specifics in the coming weeks but Verizon and Apple were pretty upfront about what we should expect. Who’s going to be first in line for the Verizon iPhone?
11:25AM Question from Ars Technica: what happens when you’re on a call and need to use data?

Dan: Same as a CDMA device.

11:24AM From Edgadget: What changes if any have been made to the antenna.

Tim: We had to make changes to work on the CDMA network — it’s going to work great.

Dan: We do not see a problem with that.

11:23AM Q: Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?

Tim: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.

We will continue to update live as news comes in…

11:18AM “We are confident that wireless consumers everywhere will welcome this device and partnership. So as I close, I’d like to thank all of the people at Apple throughout the leadership, to operations. Thank you all for being here today.”
11:17AM $199 for the 16GB, $299 for 32GB — mobile hotspot included! Up to 5 devices.
11:18AM “We are confident that wireless consumers everywhere will welcome this device and partnership. So as I close, I’d like to thank all of the people at Apple throughout the leadership, to operations. Thank you all for being here today.”
11:17AM “On February 3rd our existing customers will have an opportunity to pre-order… on February 10th, everyone will be able to order online, in stores, or in Apple stores.”
11:16AM “Our iPhone 4 customers will get a terrific wireless experience. So what happens next?”
11:15AM “iPhone 4 is going to run on our network… network capacity — we have advanced the capacity and built margin into it. We’re ready for this launch.” Boy, they really want us to know that they’re ready. He seems to be emphasizing that the new customers will not hit the network and create the kind of situation AT&T has right now.
11:14AM “I want to spend a minute on how robust our network is. We have designed this network for customers to have an optimum experience. We have been drive testing this on our network. We’re now into the thousands of devices, and we could not be more pleased.”
11:14AM “Wireless customers have been asking for the iPhone on Verizon — and we’re excited to offer this to existing and new customers. I want to tell you how dedicated we are to launch this. Our employees are ready, we’ve been scaling our shipping systems. We’ve been scaling our inventory systems.”
11:13AM “We’ve built our business on building the very best network — and now our customers have a choice for the iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network.”
11:12AM “We’ve been working with Verizon for awhile… this is just the beginning of a relationship between Apple and Verizon. I’m very optimistic about what the future holds. Now I’d like to bring up Dan Dee to talk about the launch.”
11:11AM “5 megapixel camera, HD video… the custom A4 chip. But most importantly, it provides an integrated customer experience that’s far beyond what anyone else is providing. From iOS, to iTunes, to the App Store — they’re all designed to work together.”
11:10AM “We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display.”
11:09AM “Tens of millions of customers have purchased the iPhone around the world. Customers have downloaded billions of apps. I am incredibly happy, and I can tell you all of Apple, is very very excited to bring the iPhone to Verizon’s customers.”
11:09AM “I am incredibly happy to be with you all today. We’ve been looking forward to today for a long time. Since 2007 the iPhone has been a phenomenal success.”
11:08AM “I want to thank the senior team at Apple — it has been a real pleasure to work with them. To explain more about that product, I’m pleased to introduce someone who’s become a friend and colleague… Tim Cook.”
11:07AM “Late in 2010 we started offering the iPad… today, we are extremely gratified to announce that the iPhone 4 will be available early next month.”
11:07AM “Our relationship with Apple has developed over the last two years. In 2008 we started talking about bringing the iPhone to a CDMA network. We spent a year testing.”

11:06AM “Today we’re partnering with a giant of the industry, and that’s Apple.”

11:05AM “This is putting us at the hub of the wheel driving this industry. Collaboration is the key to innovation. We’ve worked with partners across the industry.”

11:04AM “We’ve built the most reliable 3G network… we recently launched LTE… now if you promise not to print this, with all the rebranding going on with old networks, we debated calling it 6G.”

11:01AM “The innovation in this market is mind boggling — and today two innovators are coming together.”

11:00AM “Okay, it looks like you’re expecting a big announcement. I don’t think we’ll disappoint. If the press write something long enough, eventually it comes true. We’re very very excited about our announcement today.”

At 11:00a.m. EST Verizon had the stage set to make a big announcement. Lowel Macadam, came out at 11:00 on the dot.