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Verizon Announcement: The Official Verizon iPhone Details

Well folks, it’s official. Verizon and Apple made their much-anticipated announcement today at the Verizon press conference, and their subscribers will finally — finally — be offered the iPhone for Verizon. But what about all of the details and rumors that have been circulating? How is it different from the AT&T iPhone? How much will it cost? Will it be on the 3G or 4G network?

Find out the official Verizon iPhone details, below:

  • The Verizon iPhone will indeed be the iPhone 4 (so should you perhaps hold out for the Verizon iPhone 5?)
  • Verizon subscribers can pre-order the Verizon iPhone 4 on February 3, which will sell for $199.99 for the 16GB phone or $299.99 for the 32 GB with a two-year contract. The prices are the same as the AT&T iPhone — which means AT&T might be dropping their prices.
  • Non-Verizon subscribers can order the Verizon iPhone 4 a week later.
  • Verizon claims that they’ve scaled up their network to handle “unprecedented volume.” Another good reason to wait it out a few months: Can Verizon really handle the traffic?
  • Although Verizon hopes to eventually move the Verizon iPhone over to the 4G network, they say that the design isn’t compatible as of right now. They wanted Verizon customers to have the iPhone as soon as possible (because we’ve only been asking for years), so it has to be 3G for now.
  • What does that mean? Verizon’s 3G CDMA network doesn’t have talk-and-surf capabilities, meaning you can’t talk on the phone and use the Internet at the same time (such as to look up directions or an address). Is this a deal-breaker for you?
  • And for globe-trotting Verizon subscribers, you won’t be able to use your iPhone overseas — at least not as long as it’s supported by the CDMA network. The AT&T iPhone, on the other hand, can be used all over the world.
  • The Wall Street Journal live-blogged the entire Verizon press conference and announcement, so find more details at WSJ.com.
  • Verizon subscribers can sign up for Verizon iPhone e-mail alerts here.

What do you think? Will you be pre-ordering the Verizon iPhone 4 or waiting until they work out all of the kinks? Or are you holding out for the inevitable Verizon iPhone 5?

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