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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 01/11/2011

Liveblog: The Verizon iPhone

By Rob Pegoraro

NEW YORK--Few things will get me on the 7 a.m. Acela to here, but the chance to see an end to the "when will Verizon get the iPhone?" question ranks among them. Verizon Wireless's press event is scheduled to start at the Frederick P. Rose Hall here at 11 a.m., and I'll be live-blogging the news as it happens.

(Note: It's possible that there will be no such announcement coming from Verizon, and that the PR campaign kicked off with Friday's "Join us as we share the latest news" e-mail from the carrier has been an elaborate head-fake. In that case, you'll be reading a liveblog about the subsequent riot by the assembled press.)

11;30 a.m. Show's over, but we can inspect some Verizon iPhones at a demo area around the corner. Let me know what you'd like to check out in the comments.

11:28 a.m. You won't be able to have simultaneous voice and data calls, as with other CDMA phones. (I'd expect that you'd be able to use WiFi while you're on the phone, something I've done with other CDMA devices.)

11:26 a.m. Forgot to mention that Cook says the Verizon deal is "non-exclusive." Hard to read those vague adjectives. And speaking of vague, Verizon isn't talking service plans for this. That's kind of a big detail to omit.

11:25 a.m. Cook says Apple's deal with Verizon covers "many years" and is "strategic." That should not fill people hoping for a Sprint iPhone with confidence. He brushes off another question about what appears to be a slightly different design for the iPhone's antenna (subtext being, will it suffer from the "grip of death" issue that everybody was yammering about last summer, but which nobody seems to mention now?).

11:21 a.m. Why no LTE on this? Apple's Cook says first-generation 4G chips "force some design compromises that we wouldn't make." Also, Verizon customers wanted the iPhone now, not later.

11:19 a.m. Now it's time for Q&A. So for those of you hoping for a Steve Jobs experience, it looks like you've been disappointed.

11:17 a.m. Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone 4 on Feb. 3. Everybody else will be able to do so on the 10th. $199 for a 16-gigabyte version, $299 for the 32 GB model. It'll include a "personal hotspot" feature allowing you to connect up to five devices.

11:12 a.m. Cook says the Verizon iPhone--already promoted on the carrier's home page--will be a CDMA/EVDO model. Meaning, no 4G on this. He gives a brief testimonial to Verizon: "wWe have enormous respect for the company this team has built and the hard-won loyalty they've won from their customers. This is just the beginning of a great relationship between Apple and Verizon."

11:09 a.m. Apple chief operating officer Tim Cook comes on stage to give Apple's side of the story. He says the iPhone "has completely changed the expectation of what you carry in your pocket" and that "all of Apple is incredibly excited" to bring it to Verizon.

11:07 a.m. The iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon Wireless "early next month," says McAdam.

11:06 a.m. So that's who the partner was: McAdam names Apple, crediting it for inventing the modern smartphone, and says its collaboration began two years ago.

11:04 a.m. McAdam pokes fun at competitors AT&T and T-Mobile (without naming them) for rebranding upgraded 3G services as 4G, joking that Verizon considered calling its new 4G LTE network "6G."

11:02 a.m. "Today, two industry innovators are coming together to deliver something that consumers have been hungry for for years," says McAdam. He goes on to talk up Verizon's efforts to build out its services: "We've made network quality the hallmark of the verizon brand."

11 a.m. Verizon president and chief operating officer Lowell McAdam comes on stage to welcome the press, saying "it looks that you all are expecting a big announcement today." He is very careful not to say what the announcement is or who "our partner" is.

10:58 a.m. We've been told that the program "is about to begin"--a couple of minutes after The Daily Show's John Oliver stood up in the audience, threw his hands in the air and shouted "[Bleep] yeah!" Exciting times, it seems.

By Rob Pegoraro  | January 11, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Apple, Mobile, Telecom  
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*prays for riot by the tech press*

Posted by: wiredog | January 11, 2011 10:54 AM | Report abuse

listening in as well...Announces partner is Apple...

Posted by: terp34 | January 11, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Hooray - now a lot of people will leave AT&T and the network should get less congested!

Posted by: rogernebel | January 11, 2011 11:10 AM | Report abuse

*prays for riot by the tech press*
Posted by: wiredog



Posted by: cbmuzik | January 11, 2011 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I thought AT&T's exclusivity agreement still had a few years to run?

Posted by: tomtildrum | January 11, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

(I'd expect that you'd be able to use WiFi while you're on the phone, something I've done with other CDMA devices.)

Rob, please try this out if you can. Thanks.

Posted by: richmurphy | January 11, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

I JUST decided to go with the Droid 2 , but hadn't yet pulled the trigger, and now this. It almost sounds like it makes sense to go with the Droid 2 anyway, what with the no 4G and the probable wait and strain on the network, etc. Maybe?

Posted by: ikeforpres | January 11, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Did they fix the Death Grip, Rob?

Posted by: mattr1970 | January 11, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

Does teh hotpot mean I can tether my ipad to the Verizon iPhone?

Posted by: ianmfried1441 | January 11, 2011 11:35 AM | Report abuse

What is the camera like? Will it have global capabilities? I need a phone I can use in Africa.

Posted by: dcchick1 | January 11, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Any mention of whether it will have a GSM receiver for global use?

Posted by: chris72 | January 11, 2011 11:37 AM | Report abuse

Rob, any mention if VZW is going to pre-load it with Verizon-centric apps that we won't be able to remove?!

Posted by: Freedog | January 11, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse

can you talk on the phone surf the net and send text messages at the same time.

Posted by: stuckintraffictoo | January 11, 2011 11:43 AM | Report abuse


Any details about the plan pricing; will it reflect Verizon's current pricing (i.e., unlimited for $30/month)?

Posted by: StumptownChris | January 11, 2011 11:45 AM | Report abuse

So, um... when will Sprint and T-Mobile get the iphone? :-)

Actually, I'm curious about the personal hotspot feature... how well does that work? And what the cost of that is or if it comes with the plan?

Posted by: prokaryote | January 11, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

It's about time we waited 4 years for that just to be faced with a dilemma what to do should we buy it now or wait another 4 months for the IPhone 5 with 4G LTE and dual core processor? Edan Aharony

Posted by: EdanAharony | January 11, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

It's about time we waited 4 years for that just to be faced with a dilemma what to do should we buy it now or wait another 4 months for the IPhone 5 with 4G LTE and dual core processor? Edan Aharony

Posted by: EdanAharony | January 11, 2011 12:02 PM | Report abuse

"...the subsequent riot by the assembled press." I know that was a joke but is there any group in the world LESS likely to physically riot than tech journalists? Would love to see that. "Down with the pigs! I will write a strongly worded tweet!"

Posted by: ClarkKent1 | January 11, 2011 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I want to know if FaceTime will work on this version of iPhone 4, and how Skype might work on this as well.

Posted by: peabody | January 11, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Looking at the Verizon site, I see you can order it in white.

Posted by: wiredog | January 11, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

But Rob what about the new rumors that the iphone going to T-Mobile in 2012?

Posted by: ozpunk | January 11, 2011 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see the phone coming to Verizon. But wait a the iphone that is coming to verizon the 3G version and not the 3GS version!! So does that means no video?! That sucks. Yes verizon customers want an iphone but not "last year's model." Feeling kinda short changed. Anyone confirm this version WILL have video?

Posted by: ChinoDaLegend | January 11, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Yep. Totally wrong about my facts.

Posted by: ChinoDaLegend | January 11, 2011 10:51 PM | Report abuse

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