Apple tags Verizon

January 21, 2011

by Hayden Haynes, STAFF REPORTER

Students with Verizon will only have to wait a few more weeks to enjoy the benefits of Apple’s iPhone since the two companies announced the release Jan. 11.

New Verizon Wireless customers can purchase the iPhone 4 Feb. 10, and existing customers can pre-order beginning Feb. 3.

Brittany Jaudon, a senior political science and sociology major, said the availability of the iPhone through Verizon will bring new possibilities.

“Now they will be competing over whomever has the best service, as opposed to who has the best phone,” Jaudon said. “This will give us, the consumers, more options for cell-phone service and not just limit us to one because they have the phone wanted at the time.”

Pricing will match with the pricing of AT&T’s versions of the 16 GB selling for $199.99 and the 32 GB for $299.99. These prices include a new 2-year contract.

Verizon has not yet released the data-plan pricing for the iPhone, but their data for other devices is approximately $30 per month.

The announcement was made at a private event where invitees received invitations bearing Verizon’s color red from Apple. It was made Jan. 11 at 11:11 in the morning. Neither company’s CEO attended.

“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.”

Both companies are very optimistic about the announcement.

“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.”

According to a Verizon press release, Verizon’s version will have something that the AT&T’s version does not: a new personal Wi-Fi hot spot that will allow users to connect up to five wireless devices to the Internet.

Verizon’s customers now have access to the world’s most popular application store giving them access to more than 300,000 apps.

Students who want to switch to the Verizon version cannot do so cheaply if they are still under contract, though they are receiving a $400 discount off the original price of the phone when switching service providers. They will pay a $325 cancellation fee, according to an AT&T service representative.

Despite this, in a poll by ChangeWave Alliance Research Network, 16 percent of current AT&T customers plan to switch to Verizon after the company begins offering the iPhone.

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