For legions of iPhone-wielding AT&T haters, the nightmare is over. The iPhone is coming to Verizon Wireless on Feb. 10.
After years of rumors and tons of wishful thinking, Apple’s iPhone 4 will become available on the Verizon network, which is consistently rated higher by consumers than AT&T’s network. The launch will end an exclusive deal held by AT&T since the iPhone was first introduced in 2007—dramatically shaking up the wireless marketplace.
Qualified Verizon customers can begin pre-ordering the iPhone 4 on the Web starting on Feb. 3. The rest of the world gets their chance a week later, with prices ranging from $199.99 for the 16GB model to $299.99 for the 32GB model (along with a two-year contract).
Besides a potentially faster network, the new Verizon iPhone will serve as a mini Wi-Fi hotspot, powering up to five neighboring devices.