Verizon iPhone to go on sale late Jan/early Feb

The Wall Street Journal claims, according to a person familiar with the matter, that the Verizon iPhone that's almost assuredly going to be announced this Tuesday will go on sale "around the end of the month".

The Verizon phone will be similar to the iPhone 4 but run on the carrier's CDMA technology, people familiar with the matter have said.

Sounds about right, if you want to leave enough time to build the marketing hype to preface Apple Store lineups and the rest of the fervour typically associated with an iPhone launch.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704030704576070090093187986.html#ixzz1AUWvRieY [ WSJ ]

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Whatever says:

CDMA = can't do much asynchronously

Alex says:

AT&T's GSM, cant do much any-chronously

Mr.mars says:

Yay!! Hopefully its a 3g nd 4g hybrid like motorola xoom

Sp1d3rz says:

Are u really that stupid?

shaolinfinest says:

not stupid, I think what he meant was with the Motorola Xoom. It will come out with 3G radio in it and you will later take it to Verizon and they will do a switch to 4G for you free of charge I believe. So I guess he meant he hopes they do the same process

Poof says:

I think he means he hopes its a 4G device but is backward 3G enabled. Which means it does 4G when its in a 4G area, but when its outside 4G, itll resort to 3G, so you are almost never without internet. VZW 4G LTE broadband cards do 4G as their first choice, and 3G as their second. Soooo, Im sorry Chris2 couldnt figure that out. Maybe he should think before he speaks? Idk, thats just my opinion.

tino72 says:

cant wait..sold my i4 and got went to vzw..finally the best device on the best network

Sp1d3rz says:

I hope u didnt give up an unlimited data plan for that.

Jeff says:

Verizon still offers an unlimited plan. What is your point?

Poof says:

O_o Do you THINK before you speak? AT&T is the one with tiered data, Verizon has yet to tier THEIRS to a measley 2GB (yepp VZWs Data is UNLIMITED) when even AT&T admits that an average customer uses about 4GB a month. AT&T ripping people off much? Do your research Chris2...you sound like an idiot.

shaolinfinest says:

huh? you sure you have an iPhone? You speak as if you are a Cricket/Metro PCS customer...

Mr.mars says:

When i said that, i said i was talking to chris2 lol... And no, im not an iphone customer. Atleast not yet. I got verizon and will be adding me another line pronto when this phOne releases

shaolinfinest says:

Oh my response was to tino not you sorry

iArnie says:

One good thing about Verizon getting an iPhone, maybe it won't be as hard to get an iPhone 5 from AT&T when it's released next June.

SteveN says:

Good, AT&T Haters get off our network

Corey says:

Thank god. I can't wait for all those people who have done nothing but complain about AT&T to find out just how much verizon sucks when they start listening to pandora and want to send a text at the same time

Mr.mars says:

I could do that on my storm with verizon... What are you trying to say?

meatballsammich says:

You never sent a text and streamed anything on your Verizon storm, because it's not possible.
The CDMA network that the Storm uses is incapable of simultaneous voice and data. Since SMS uses the voice network, and Pandora uses the data network... you can't do both at the same time.
Your device likely queued the text message until the data connection wasn't being used.

Pete says:

I literally just opened up Pandora and received a text message as well as sent one and received another back while listening to a stream of The Go! Team on my Verizon HTC Incredible.
There was no queue involved... all real time...
Also, how often do you really listen to Pandora while texting?

TreSupreme says:

Well your obviously ignorant. I stream Pandora all the time from my Droid X. Thats voice & data you idiot.

meatballsammich says:

@Pete, @Tre ... I'll bet a million dollars you're both using WiFi for data... not the cellular network.
The Storm doesn't have WiFi... so I stand by my original statement. No simultaneous voice and data on the CDMA network.

Chance says:

what are you talking about? you can text and do internet at same time just not talk from my experiences

Alex says:

Pandora, just like any other streaming application, buffers the data. So even if you loose your connection for a few seconds, (due to sending Text, or whatever else), your music is not interrupted.

Alex says:

So technically, ATT fans over here are right, Verizon can't do Voice/Text and Data at the same time.
Guess what, the single core processor, that's in all our phones, including iphone, can only process one thing at a time. It just knows to switch back and forth between processes, so it looks like they all run at the same time. My point is - WHO GIVES A DAMN!
Same as nobody cares about GSM being asynchronous, no matter how many adds ATT puts out about it. Crappy voice and crappy data, simultaneously are still crappy.

Asmartperson says:

AT&T is inferior to verizon...reality bites. Good luck and god speed. Verizon outsells and blows u out of the water and all studies, reports, and tech experts reveal the facts. Read!

allmotor91 says:

Is that why Verizon only got 800.000 new customers wile AT&T got some 2 million plus last quarter.

Michael Scrip says:

You're right. AT&T got more new customers because they had the new iPhone. Come on... what other phone would pull someone towards AT&T?
if Verizon gets the iPhone... they will get new customers too.

TreSupreme says:

At&t has been getting way more customers than Verizon since the iPhone was released and their still second place...

LasVegasOutlaw says:

You kids talk about your cell phone company like it's a sports team. Who gives a shiat what company you pay your monthly bill to?

Poof says:

Its just a sociological thing...give a group a people a blue t-shirt and another group a red t-shirt, and they are more likely to relate and self-segragate just based on their t shirt colors. People have a harder time relating to those who "seem" different and not like them. Its the same with cell phone carriers, if your with AT&T, youre more likely to think AT&T is better just based on the fact that you are giving them your money. Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint customers are the same. They all feel camaraderie(?) when they see someone else with the same carrier. Yes, its retarded, but, Im sorry to say, more than half the things humans do are retarded. Its just a fact of life. Sociology 101...Hey! I guess I did learn something in college!

FLskydiver says:

...and I just learned something from your going to college. Win, win.

Mr.mars says:

Yeah Proof... Which is why that guy snapped and called me a metro pcs phone user lol... Why should it matter what phone company i have. We all agree that we love iphones. Whats with the hate?

Alex says:

Excellent point, that's exactly it. Although, you don't see too many t-mobile users beating their chest. Wonder why.

Yobad says:

AT&T is only 400,000 subscribers behind now. And verizon was only bigger in the first place because they bought altell.

Merger says:

Let's not leave out the fact that Cingular and Bellsouth merged to give what is now AT&T that huge customer base. If it weren't for that, they would be trailing Verizon by millions more.

JNGold says:

I wonder if Verizon will be able to pull some CDMA 2000 magic out of it's hat to allow the iphone to have concurrent voice/data. That's assuming, of course, it's not an LTE device.

Ron says:

I believe it's possible to use data and voice simultaneously on CDMA -- as long as there's a wifi connection. In that case, data would use wifi while voice uses the wireless network. If there's no wifi, I'm pretty sure it isn't doable unless Verizon has found a workaround. Maybe some people, who have grown accustomed to that situation, don't care. Personally, I'd find it quite a drawback.
That said, let's not get so personal over who provides our wireless service. Unless you work there or own stock, they're all just big companies looking to make a profit. Use whoever suits your needs best. I've never had a problem with ATT, so I have no desire to leave. I do wonder if Verizon will be any different with the increased volume, but we'll see.
As for Verizon still having an unlimited data plan, I would recommend hanging onto it. I bet it won't be offered for long with the volume of data they're about to get.

Joe says:

to all who don't know, Verizon CAN do internet and phone at the same time IF there is WiFi. If there is no WiFi you CAN NOT do internet and phone at the same time. I know this bacause i'm a verizon costomer with a Palm Pre. (insert insults here I guess)

Drdoom420 says:

You cannot I repeat cannot do voice and data at the same time on CDMA I've had verizon and AT&T and it's just not possible on CDMA. CDMA= ancient, that is why just about every carrier in the world uses gsm. And as for VZW getting the iPhone great if they claim they can handle the data great but just wait their network will cripple. And when they do get it we get to hear every new VZW ip4 owner bitch about how they can't talk and surf at the same time.

FLskydiver says:

I thought I read Verizon was getting rid of their unlimited data plans in prep for the iPhone (at least such news was used as proof of an impending iphone in one of these incessant rumor posts?

Mr.mars says:

I hope not... But it would make since. I heard iPhone users take up too many data

Alex says:

Does iPohone use up more data than android phones?

Josh says:

I think the Verizon launch will be a great event! I am a current ATT customer (grandfathered to unlimited data) but fully feel Verizon is a better, more reliable network. The problem is, I have all my family on ATT and I need voice with data so I'm somewhat stuck. I'll look heavily at Verizon when LTE is more widespread.
Anyway, the iPhone on Verizon can do nothing but help all. It's like one airline servicing a specific trip and then all of a sudden two do. Less traffic, easier call connections, and if we are lucky maybe the competition will even decrease cost - a true capitalistic marvel.
Regardless of what you choose, you have one of the best devices on one of the two best networks. We all need to take a step back and realize this is a no lose situation.

Alex says:

I wish what you were saying about price decrease was true, but it seems that only sprint is going that route now. Verizon prices, even without iPhone, keeps going up and up and up.

Frank says:

I'm going to laugh when they don't announce it on tuesday haha, so Manu people would be upset. I'll believe it when I see it. I have iPhone and I'd never switch back to vzw.

Scottar says:

Sort of related to post-beginning to think the new iPhone V and A will be same phone build (using hybrid GSM/CDMA chip). A has been out of stock it seems when checking twitter. Just a thought when seeing rumors of new metal casing.

Peatear says:

I hope they get it just so this site and all the others stop going on about it, people outside of America couldn't care less so get over it and bring us real news

scottae316 says:

If you don't care about it, don't read the thread and then post that you don't care.

ghostface147 says:

Queue the metroPCS/cricket/us cellular rumors once Verizon gets it.

shaolinfinest says:

Hey never know, maybe since the iPhone is so simple to use we might see Jitter bug rumors

ghostface147 says:

Dammit.....cue not queue....ugh

schott1 says:

1-11-11 will be the official release dat e for the Verizon Iphone.

Jack says:

No composite with AT&T. I get 6mbps over 3G in st louis. Way faster than my 4g wimax hotspot. Of course this speed is in the morning when fewer people are on the towers. Think of how good it will be when more people leave AT&T for verizon. Better for all of us I hope.

Jack says:

I meant no complaints with at&t. I wasn't paying attention to the autocorrect. :)

Yo mama says:

I will be asking to this AT&T haters can you surf Internet and talk at the same time?
They will regret leave AT&T for Verizon, specially the puerto ricans, because Verizon suck in the ISLA.
If you need go to Puerto Rico you have to call Verizon and let them
Know that so they have to change the set up
In your acc. To see if you have service there with claro.
First of all I don't have to call no body and let them know where Im going. This is a free country (yet). And I don't have to do that with AT&T, tmobile or sprint. With them we don't need dial * with whatever number. So Verizon SUCK.
And good bye to y'all who are living AT&T and again you will regret that. See ya. .l.

Yo mama says:

This sign .l. Is flipping the bird. so AT&T haters so long .l. .l.

thefireguy286 says:

What I am most interested in is if it's CDMA only or a global hybrid device CDMA/GSM like the BB Storm, Droid Pro, etc.
Personally I think the issue of simultaneous voice and data is way overblown. It makes for good tech fodder back and forth, but that's about it. As I recall it only works on 3G on ATT. We all know how big that map really is. Verizon has started rolling out LTE which will allows for it, making the iphone oddly the last new 3G only phone on VZ. If you follow this stuff CDMA Rev B supports V&D but short of Taiwan no one else is known to be using it. It would be funny if VZ was soft upgrading the whole time. Probably not with the LTE rollout but I guess we'll learn Tuesday.

ufsteez83 says:

The ability to respond to comments was an awful idea.

F u att weirdos says:

I can't wait till it comes out aonir shuts all keyboards up. Keep your crap service your stupid comments " I'm true to my company" You ain't nothing but a phone bill to them. Don't get mad. Everyone in the world iPhone is on different networks. Who wouldnt they eventually bring to another network in the states

Scott G. Lewis says:

NO WAY! I'm so not buying this. :) I'll wait till iPhone 5, no sense paying AT&T for a cancel fee and locking into 2 years with Verizon, and then watching a new phone come out and paying a huge surcharge for an early upgrade. I'll "suffer" for a few months. :)