It’s Official: The iPhone is Coming to Verizon

Verizon announced today that the iPhone 4 is coming to its network in early February. This is the first time that the iPhone will be available on a network other than AT&T’s in the United States.

Existing Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the device on February 3. Starting February 10, it will be available for anyone to purchase online, in Verizon stores, and in Apple stores. It will cost $199 for the 16GB version and $299 for the 32GB version, with a two-year contract.

The Verizon iPhone 4 will be nearly identical to AT&T’s iPhone 4. The only differences we’re aware of at the moment are that that Verizon’s version will be able to act as a mobile hotspot for up to five Wi-Fi devices, and that it’s equipped with the hardware necessary for it to run on Verizon’s CDMA network (as opposed to AT&T’s GSM network).

Otherwise, Verizon’s iPhone 4 will be identical to AT&T’s, with a Retina display, front-facing camera, 5 megapixel rear camera, HD video, A4 chip, etc.

So who’s planning on getting one?

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