Verizon Announces Official Release, Pre-Order Dates For iPhone

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Verizon Wireless will begin selling a version of the iPhone 4 on Feb. 10, offering buyers of U.S. iPhone a range of media for the first time.

The phone from Apple Inc. was sold exclusively for AT&T’s network in the U.S. since its inception in 2007. Verizon COO Lowell McAdam and Apple COO Tim Cook describe the union as “the beginning of a beautiful relationship between Verizon and Apple.”

Pre-orders begin on Feb. 3. The price will be $ 200 or $ 300 with a two-year contract, according to the model, much like the iPhone by AT&T. It will be sold by Verizon, Apple and other stores nationwide and on the Internet.

Some analysts are predicting that Verizon will sell 13.2 million iPhones in 2011, including subscriber turnover from AT&T, which is expected to sell 8.8 million itself, even with competition from Verizon. However, there are some things to consider before you start marking your calandars–one of them is speed.

According to CNet, AT&T’s 3G is based on GSM’s HSPA, which tends to be faster than Verizon’s CDMA-based 1xEV-DO rA. That was nerd speak for…we don’t really know but the bottom line is t’s possible AT&T iPhone users who switch to Verizon will actually get slower 3G speeds than they had before, which might cause some backlash that could keep some users from switching.

It’s also possible that Verizon’s network could get bogged down by all the iPhone users like what happened with AT&T so you might want to wait until Verizon discovers and works out inevitable kinks before going ham.

[USS Post|CNet]