YAHOO.com – Well, that’s that. After more than three years of rumors, speculation, and plain old wishful thinking, Verizon Wireless finally announced Tuesday that it will soon be offering its own version of the iPhone, bringing AT&T’s long monopoly on the wildly popular handset to an end.
The iPhone 4 will become available for pre-order for existing Verizon subscribers on February 3, with general availability to begin on February 10.
The 16GB version of the iPhone will sell for $199, with the 32GB to cost $299 — both with a two-year contract. Details on data plans would be released in a future announcement, Meade and Cook said.
And in case you were wondering, no — the Verizon iPhone will not run on the carrier’s new 4G LTE network. Instead, it will get 3G data from Verizon’s existing EV-DO network.
I don’t mean to be a hater…but there’s a reason why I have a Zune instead of an iPod….which is the same reason why I’ll stick with my Blackberry instead of getting an iPhone. Not that Mac products aren’t great, I just hate what the product symbolizes. When I see someone with an iPhone you know what I see? A bratty middle school girl who cries silently in the bathroom and shoves her fingers down her throat in an attempt to fit in. OK…that might be a bit of an exaggeration…but I really don’t get the whole iPhone thing. And maybe it’s because I use my phone for work and I can’t imagine responding to an email or writing a press release on a phone that doesn’t have actual buttons, but can someone please explain the hype?
BUT if the iPhone data plan is cheaper than Blackberry’s, then you can feel free to stuff me in a locker, take my lunch money, and call me a hypocrite.