SAN JOSE, Calif. - The iPhone is finally coming to Verizon.
Verizon confirmed the long-rumored move Tuesday, announcing it will begin selling Apple’s iPhone 4, the latest version of the device, Feb. 10. Existing Verizon customers can preorder the device Feb. 3.
Verizon’s version of the iPhone has few differences from the one that AT&T began selling last summer. The most notable are that it works on Verizon’s network, which is incompatible with AT&T’s wireless technology, and that Verizon iPhone users will be able to use the device as a Wi-Fi hot spot to connect up to five other gadgets to the Internet. Also, because of a limitation with the technology Verizon uses, users of the Verizon iPhone, unlike users of the AT&T version, won’t be able to talk on the phone and surf the Web at the same time over Verizon’s network.
Verizon will charge $200 for the 16-gigabyte version of the iPhone and $300 for the 32-gigabyte model with a two-year contract. Those are the same prices AT&T charges. Unlike AT&T, though, Verizon apparently won’t be carrying the older iPhone 3GS.
The carrier declined to say what data plans it will offer, saying it would provide those details “at a later date.”
The company did say it plans to charge customers an extra $20 a month to use the hot spot feature, which would allow them to transfer up to 2 gigabytes of data.