Verizon iPhone to Launch in February: Good News for Parents

Verizon iPhone release date and best apps
Verizon iPhone details

Verizon’s CEO announced this morning at a press conference in New York City that the iPhone will be available to Verizon starting in February 2011.

It’s a long-awaited development. I’ve personally been holding on since last fall, when my Blackberry touchscreen phone froze and melted down. I considered breaking my contract and jumping ship to AT&T, but these rumors kept be going.

So I’m watching the details unfold eagerly. Here’s what we know so far in terms of release dates and pricing; why I’m welcoming the change as a mom; and the Apps for parents I’m most excited to try out:

The iPhone will launch on February 10th of this year, but you can pre-order the phones starting on February 3rd if you’re a Verizon customer.

The 16 GB iPhone 4 will cost $199 with a 2-year contract, and the 32 GB will cost $299.

The caveats: these phones will not run on Verizon’s super-fast 4G LTE network, and you won’t be able to surf the web while you’re on a call.

As a mom who juggles multiple jobs, I’m really looking forward to putting more of my life into this phone — using the calendar, easily sending and receiving picture updates, accessing Apps (like Amazon mobile, or the occasional Angry Birds when I’m in a pinch with my son), and finally having a reliable set of maps and directions.

If you’re a parent with either iPhone or Blackberry experience, which has been more helpful for organizing life and staying connected (with your kids, spouse, friends and family)?

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