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As we all know, today Verizon is holding a media event where it is widely expected to announce that it will begin offering the iPhone, marking the end of AT&T’s exclusive distribution for the device in the United States.
Of course, there’s always a chance that Verizon just wants to reveal more details on LTE, or talk about the company’s commitment to openness and Android… but according to the rumor mill, it’s time for Big Red to get some Apple magic.
The event is scheduled to kick off at Lincoln Center in New York City at 11:00 AM Eastern Time, or a little under 30 minutes from now.
Verizon does not appear to be providing live video or audio coverage of the event, and thus observers will have to rely primarily on text and photo updates coming out of the event.
It is a speculation / rumor (still) that Verizon is expected to introduce the long-rumored Verizon iPhone at their press conference today. No one really knows what will go down at this Media Event but we’re here to cover it and see where it goes.
Question from Ars Technica: what happens when you’re on a call and need to use data?
Dan: Same as a CDMA device.
So… you don’t.
From us: What changes if any have been made to the antenna.
Tim: We had to make changes to work on the CDMA network — it’s going to work great.
Dan: We do not see a problem with that. (We’re assuming he means the antenna)
Q: Is the CDMA iPhone exclusive to Verizon?
Tim: It’s a multi-year, non exclusive deal.
11:22AM Dan: We have a tremendous 3G network — we want to be sure we can take advantage of that.
Q: Why didn’t you go the LTE route?
Tim: Two reasons — the first gen LTW chipsets force design changes we wouldn’t make. And Verizon customers told us they want the iPhone now. I can’t tell you the number of times we’ve been asked ‘when will it work on Verizon.’
Q: Will it be on a one year refresh cycle?
Tim: We don’t comment on that.
11:20AM Oh, Lowell isn’t on stage. Whoops!
Q: Can you address how many you’ll manufacture in the 1st year?
Tim: I’m not going to get into our forecast. I think it’s fair to say that both of us think there’s tremendous opportunity.
Dan: I don’t have anything to add to that.
11:18AM Tim, Dan, and Lowell are doing a Q&A now.
11:18AM “We are confident that wireless consumers everywhere will welcome this device and partnership. So as I close, I’d like to thank all of the people at Apple throughout the leadership, to operations. Thank you all for being here today.”
11:17AM $199 for the 16GB, $299 for 32GB — mobile hotspot included! Up to 5 devices.
11:17AM “On February 3rd our existing customers will have an opportunity to pre-order… on February 10th, everyone will be able to order online, in stores, or in Apple stores.”
11:16AM “Our iPhone 4 customers will get a terrific wireless experience. So what happens next?”
11:15AM “iPhone 4 is going to run on our network… network capacity — we have advanced the capacity and built margin into it. We’re ready for this launch.” Boy, they really want us to know that they’re ready. He seems to be emphasizing that the new customers will not hit the network and create the kind of situation AT&T has right now.
11:14AM “I want to spend a minute on how robust our network is. We have designed this network for customers to have an optimum experience. We have been drive testing this on our network. We’re now into the thousands of devices, and we could not be more pleased.”
11:14AM “Wireless customers have been asking for the iPhone on Verizon — and we’re excited to offer this to existing and new customers. I want to tell you how dedicated we are to launch this. Our employees are ready, we’ve been scaling our shipping systems. We’ve been scaling our inventory systems.”
11:13AM “We’ve built our business on building the very best network — and now our customers have a choice for the iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network.”
11:12AM “We’ve been working with Verizon for awhile… this is just the beginning of a relationship between Apple and Verizon. I’m very optimistic about what the future holds. Now I’d like to bring up Dan Dee to talk about the launch.”
11:11AM “5 megapixel camera, HD video… the custom A4 chip. But most importantly, it provides an integrated customer experience that’s far beyond what anyone else is providing. From iOS, to iTunes, to the App Store — they’re all designed to work together.”
11:10AM “We’re incredibly pleased to give Verizon’s customers the choice we’ve been waiting for. We’ve designed an iPhone 4 which connects to the CDMA network — and it has all the features that you’d expect. Like FaceTime. Features like Apple’s stunning Retina Display.”
11:09AM “Tens of millions of customers have purchased the iPhone around the world. Customers have downloaded billions of apps. I am incredibly happy, and I can tell you all of Apple, is very very excited to bring the iPhone to Verizon’s customers.”
11:09AM “I am incredibly happy to be with you all today. We’ve been looking forward to today for a long time. Since 2007 the iPhone has been a phenomenal success.”
11:08AM Tim Cook is out on stage now!
11:08AM “I want to thank the senior team at Apple — it has been a real pleasure to work with them. To explain more about that product, I’m pleased to introduce someone who’s become a friend and colleague… Tim Cook.”
11:08AM Alright guys. Verizon iPhone 4 does exist but will not be available for until February (My guess is Feb 3rd).
11:07AM “Late in 2010 we started offering the iPad… today, we are extremely gratified to announce that the iPhone 4 will be available early next month.”
11:07AM “Our relationship with Apple has developed over the last two years. In 2008 we started talking about bringing the iPhone to a CDMA network. We spent a year testing.”
11:06AM “Today we’re partnering with a giant of the industry, and that’s Apple.”
11:06AM “As we showed at CES last week, we’re building on these partnerships with LTE — it will make broadband even richer for customers. That’s including a whole new range of smartphones and tablets. One analyst said ‘we displayed an armada of new devices.'”
11:05AM “This is putting us at the hub of the wheel driving this industry. Collaboration is the key to innovation. We’ve worked with partners across the industry.”
11:04AM “We’ve built the most reliable 3G network… we recently launched LTE… now if you promise not to print this, with all the rebranding going on with old networks, we debated calling it 6G.”
11:03AM “We’ve set a new standard for home broadband.”
11:03AM “We’ve made great broadband the hallmark of our service. We have a history of pushing the envelope in network innovation. We’ve invested in infrastructure that will move things to the cloud for distribution to any device anywhere on the planet. We were the first to offer 100GB commercial service. We link major markets on six continents.”
11:01AM “The innovation in this market is mind boggling — and today two innovators are coming together.”
11:01AM “Let me put today into context for you. I’ve just come back from CES, and it was very clear through the week in Vegas that data, broadband, and video are driving tech growth. As we move to handheld devices, users want their digital lives wherever they go.”
11:00AM “Okay, it looks like you’re expecting a big announcement. I don’t think we’ll disappoint. If the press write something long enough, eventually it comes true. We’re very very excited about our announcement today.”
11:00AM Lowell Macadam is on the stage.