1/12/2011 10:20:00 AM
Apple opens up iPhone in the US
Apple has ended US operator AT&T’s exclusivity on the iPhone after inking a deal with its rival, Verizon Wireless.
Verizon will launch the device on pre-order on 3 February, with sales opening to other US consumers on 10 February.
It had been expected that Apple would launch the device on Verizon’s LTE 4G network. However, it will instead be launched on the operator’s CDMA network.
According to Apple's Tim Cook, the first generation LTE chipsets required design changes Apple’ chief Steve Jobs refused to make.
The iPhone 4 will start at $199 for the 16GB model and $299 for the 32GB on a two year contract. The Verizon iPhone will act as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to five devices.
The US operator also announced it would stock Apple’s iPad at the press conference in New York yesterday (11 January).