As expected Steve Jobs didn’t show up this morning to introduce the Verizon iPhone. Instead, his #2, Apple’s COO Tim Cook shared the stage with Verizon COO Lowell McAdam.

Tim’s minute talk was quite disappointing. He clearly was here to make this look more legit, sharing a few basic facts about the Verizon iPhone (Retina Display, A4 chip, FaceTime, App Store, etc…) but didn’t share any technical information.

Now let’s have a closer look at what we know from the Verizon iPhone…

At this point it still isn’t clear if there will be a Verizon iPhone 5 this summer. It’s also quite not clear if the antenna has been improved or not.

The question on everybody’s mind was “what happens when you’re browsing the web and receive a phone call?” Well, data connection drops and your phone starts ringing. In other words, you can’t make a phone call while browsing the web. Although it’s definitely not a deal breaker, especially to Verizon customers who are used to it, I can see this being a minor issue for nerdy people like me.

When?

On February 3rd, Verizon existing customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 on Verizon. On February 10th, everyone will be able to get it either from Verizon or Apple, both online and in stores.

How much?

Just like the AT&T’s iPhone 4, the 16GB version will sell for $199, while the 32GB version will sell for $299. It comes with a 2-year contract.

Easter Egg?

A nice easter egg indeed… Mobile hotspot will be included for up to 5 devices. Bye bye MyWi.

In conclusion, nothing really groundbreaking was unveiled today. The iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon for the same price as it is on AT&T. As expected, data and talk won’t be happen at the same time.

Now I’d be curious to know if there’s going to be a SIM card slot for international travelers but I assume we’ll find out about it quickly.

Questions? Concerns? Feel free to sound off in the comments section.

  • Justin

    I still don’t know if this means that this is it for AT&T? does this mean that come june/july they won’t get iphone 5? will it now only go to verizon?

  • 43GB Version really makes it a Verizon exclusive.

  • Underwhelmed, but I guess I fell into the hype train…

    And not only that, but it’s unlikely that Apple will turn around, and refresh the Verizon iPhone 4 when the next AT&T iPhone is ready to go this summer. Or perhaps this will establish a whole new time table for the iPhone releases. Questions, upon questions…

    All this event left me with is more questions.

    • Shrike1978

      What if this is a testbed move? Put the new antenna design and chipset out into the wild and let early adopters test the stuff that’s going into the next version. That way, you can work out the bugs and avoid a repeat of the iPhone 4 fiasco.

      Cynical? Maybe, but I’ve seen other companies do it before.

  • Shrike1978

    I think you have a typo up there. There isn’t a 43GB version, but the 32GB version is nice. 😉

  • manuel

    Sad to say, they didn’t mention the white one. Time to call Verizon and see if they’ll let me give in my Droid for an iPhone, since I got it not even a week ago.

  • DD

    When will everyone else get the 43GB version?

  • Eh, good news I guess. But I would have liked to have seen the unlimited data plan for $30.

  • Jesser04

    Is it possible since it has a sim card slot that it could run on AT&T and verizon? That would make sense for Apple carries one phone that works on both networks. If it is even possible?

  • Jesser04

    And you are already looking at the iphone5?

  • C0ntr0l

    I wonder what firmware 4.3 maybe that supports hotspot and AT&T will go back to unlimited data plan

  • gorgonphone

    As expected, data and talk won’t be happen at the same time…….. That is what most folks don’t realize you can’t do as much on verizon as on AT&T lol… Verizons network can’t do talk and data at same time that sucks data will pause when phone ring how lame

  • Alex

    @Sebastian

    PEOPLE VERIZON WILL SELL THE WHITE IPHONE. GO TO THE LINK WHICH I TOOK FROM VERIZONS WEBSITE AND LOOK AND COLOR AND CAPACITY 😀

    http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/splash/iphonelearnmoreoverlay.jsp

    • Shrike1978

      Doesn’t mean anything. AT&T took preorders for them as well.

  • soccerkrzy

    LOL! What’s the point of the mobile hotspot if it loses its connection every time you get a phone call?!

    The built in mobile hotspot limits to 5-connections, and more than likely you have to pay to use the service just like tethering with AT&T.

    Thus, MyWi is still champion. MyWi gives you the ability to change the transmit power as well, which is another big key item.

  • Russ

    The guy in the picture isn’t Lowell mcadam, it’s verizon’s CEO Dan Mead, FYI.

  • verizon sucks.