Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Apple iPhone Available on Verizon February 10 (Video) *Threat to Google Android?*


Apple iPhone 4 on Verizon: "It Begins"

Apple iPhone Available on Verizon February 10

Apple and Verizon announced that the iPhone will be available on the Verizon Wireless network on February 10. Apple stated, "Beginning February 10, the phone that changed everything will be available on both AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the United States. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will also have the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability. Whichever network you choose, you’ll get FaceTime video calling, the high-resolution Retina display, a 5-megapixel camera, HD video recording, long battery life, and all the other great features of iPhone 4." The Verizon press release is lower on this page.

In the video below, Verizon iPhone: Threat to Android?, Stacey Delo and Dan Gallagher discuss the impact of the Apple iPhone on Verizon to the Google Android smartphone growing market share - the Clash of the Tech Titans. "There's going to be some short-term pain for Android. Near-term it may make a dent in this momentum Android has had.", says Dan Gallagher. "Mid-term and long-term though Android has some advantages that may help it make up some of that pressure." AT&T has been reliant on the iPhone for a lot of its smartphone business, but has also been supporting both Windows phone and Android phone. AT&T announced a "pretty aggressive schedule" to launch Android phones this year. Gallagher thinks that "what Android loses at Verizon they could make up on the back end at AT&T". Stacey Delo notes that in the past Verizon has been "a boon to the Blackberry and Android, so this could potentially be a big boost for Apple". Gallagher notes that "It's not in Verizon's best interests to put all its chips back on Apple. Verizon has diversified well in its smartphone business, so they see Apple as another peg in that, but they don't want that (iPhone) to become their only game in town either."

Gallagher notes that there is a difference in how the two tech titans, Apple and Google, have approached the smartphone business. "Google Android has lots of options out there. Carriers can make use of it at low cost and put out a lot of devices. There's a dark side to this, the Android experience is not universal across the devices. So you have a brand that can get damaged depending on how the device maker uses it. When you buy an Apple product, you know what your experience is going to be. There's not as much of a risk involved."

Delo and Gallagher discuss the outlook for smartphones in 2011 at the end of the video. Gallagher states, "This is a fast growing business that a lot of companies are getting into. Microsoft, Google, Apple, all these very big, very rich companies are putting a lot of effort into this. It's going to be a big year for it. There's plenty of market share to go around."

(WSJ) Verizon iPhone: Threat to Android? Will the iPhone coming to Verizon reverse the trend of Google's Android garnering more smartphone market share? Stacey Delo and Dan Gallagher discuss the latest in the clash of the tech titans.

Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon
Verizon News Release
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and CUPERTINO, Calif. – January 11, 2011 –
Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability.

iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality. iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless will also include new Personal Hotspot capabilities allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”

“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”

iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a beautiful glass and stainless steel design like no other mobile phone. iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint wireless printing. iPhone 4 customers have access to the world’s most popular App Store(SM) with more than 300,000 apps available in an incredible range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year customer agreement. iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, online at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone, at Apple Retail Stores, at the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple Authorized Resellers, and by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

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