Verizon, Apple team up to introduce iPhone

By Troy Hooper
Real AspenJanuary 11, 2011
Verizon is offering pre-orders of the iPhone 4 beginning Feb. 3.

The rumors are true: Verizon is teaming up with Apple to become just the second carrier in the United States to offer the iPhone.

For months, there have been conflicting reports about whether Verizon would join AT&T in selling the popular smart phones. But this morning, executives from Apple joined the suits from Verizon in where else but the Big Apple to announce that 2011 marks the beginning of a “strategic partnership” between them.

"If the press writes something long enough and hard enough it comes true," cracked Verizon COO Lowell McAdam at this morning's press conference in New York, which was heard around the world.

Aspen is among countless cities that have been abuzz about the possibility of a Verizon iPhone. Verizon is a dominant carrier in these Elk Mountains and it has a reputation for getting the best reception here.

At this morning's press conference, it was announced the iPhone 4 would be available for pre-orders from existing Verizon customers on Feb. 3 and to everyone else a week later, Feb. 10. The price was announced at $199.99 for 16 gigabytes of storage and $299.99 for 32 gigabytes. Up to five Wi-Fi devices can tap into the iPhone and its data connection, courtesy of the HotSync system that is included. The phone will be similar to the one AT&T offers now.

A lot of residents in Aspen previously signed up with AT&T specifically so they could use the iPhone. Now a percentage of them is sure to switch to Verizon, though, as CNN notes, it may come at a cost.

Verizon currently has 93 million customers.

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