Apple iPhone 4 Has CDMA Limitations

By Susan Nunziata  |  Posted 01-11-2011

Verizon's iPhone 4: Five Quick Facts

It's time for IT to brace for impact: Verizon Wireless has, at long last, announced that it will offer the iPhone 4 to its approximately 93 million U.S. subscribers -- and potentially many more new customers. Chances are, some of these potential iPhone converts already work for you, and once they get their hands on the device they'll be clamoring to connect to corporate email and other applications.

The Verizon iPhone 4 -- which has been the subject of speculation in the tech world since 2007 -- was at long last announced at a press event in New York City on Jan. 11. Verizon's deal with Apple is a multi-year, non-exclusive arrangement, which means that Sprint could also be in the running to offer the device on its CDMA network.

Here are five fast facts about the Verizon version of the popular Apple iPhone, which has previously only been available in the U.S. on AT&T.

Verizon iPhone 4-When and at What Price?

Verizon will begin selling the iPhone on Feb. 10. With a two-year wireless service contract, the 16GB iPhone will cost $199.99, while the 32GB version will retail for $299.99. It will be sold at Verizon and Apple retail stores and online. Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the iPhone beginning Feb. 3. Details on how Verizon will price its iPhone 4 data plan have not yet been revealed.

Apple iPhone 4 Has CDMA Limitations

Unlike AT&T's GSM wireless network, the iPhone on Verizon will operate on the carrier's CDMA network. This means users won't have simultaneous voice and data performance, such as the ability to check email or browse the Internet during a voice phone call.

What About iPhone for 4G LTE?

One of major unanswered questions during the event was if and when Apple planned to launch an iPhone geared for Verizon's 4G LTE network, which the carrier claims is 10 times as fast as its existing 3G network, and cuts data latency in half. Verizon is underway with an aggressive rollout of its 4G network in the U.S. Right now, the network is only available to laptop users via a plug-in modem, but Verizon has announced plans to have 4G smartphones available in summer 2011. According to the Associated Press, first-generation chip design for the 4G phones would have required design compromises for an LTE iPhone that Apple was unwilling to make.

You Can Use The Verizon iPhone 4 As a Personal WiFi Hotspot

CORRECTED (an earlier version of this article contained incorrect information about AT&T's iPhone tethering capability): iPhones on the Verizon network can be tethered and act as person hotspots by using the carrier's HotSync service. This means one iPhone can be used to connect up to five WiFi devices to the Internet. The AT&T iPhone 4 allows tethering of a single device at a time if you have iOS4 and subscribe to one of its DataPro service plans. Subscribers to AT&T's DataPro plan get 2GB of data transfer per month. Verizon has not yet revealed pricing for its iPhone 4 data plans.

How Many iPhones Will Verizon Sell?

Financial analysts have been falling all over themselves predicting how many Apple iPhones Verizon can sell in 2011. Estimates range from 5 million to as many as 15 million units.