At a press conference in New York City Verizon executives led by Verizon Wireless CEO, Lowell McAdam, and Apple’s Tim Cook announced the iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon and fast. Qualified customers will be able to preorder the iPhone 4 starting February 3rd and it will be open to all channels beginning February 10th.
The press conference part was pretty dry and positive. The Q&A led to the answers that many really needed. First off, Engadget went ahead and got the 4G/LTE and Voice/Data simultaneous use out of the way. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be a 3G CDMA advice and as we know that means no voice and data simultaneously.
While Verizon 3G is CDMA their new 4G LTE does allow for both simultaneously so in other words the newly announced Motorola Droid Bionic, The LG Revolution and the Samsung Galaxy S 4G/LTE are all Android devices and will allow both data and voice use simultaneously. In fact a positive for AT&T is that they still do allow voice and data since they are GSM.
Verizon said that customers wanted the Verizon iPhone as quick as possible and that’s why it will be released as a CDMA device and not 4G/LTE.
It’s almost like Verizon is talking out of both sides of their mouth. On one hand they are selling 4G/LTE in fact everything they did at CES was 4G/LTE which is obviously why the iPhone announcement was done today. Then on the other hand they have the iPhone now but as a CDMA version, slower, laggier and not as feature rich as a 4G LTE Android device.
As for Motorola, Sanjay Jha seemed worried at the Credit Suisse Techonlogy Conference but by CES he had his swagger back. Knowing the Verizon iPhone 4 is only CDMA he can rest assured he will hit his goals for Verizon Wireless in 2011.
We’ll see how this plays out. We were wrong in thinking today was anything but the iPhone 4 announcement.