The wait is over – at least, the wait to learn how long the wait is is over. As we mentioned earlier, today was the big day for Verizon’s announcement of the Verizon iPhone. And Verizon did not disappoint: this morning they announced the Verizon iPhone’s release date, along with a couple of interesting features, some of which that other iPhone doesn’t even have, including, most notably, wireless hotspot capability, allowing you to not only to connect your laptop wirelessly to the Internet through your iPhone, but to share that connection, wirelessly, with up to four additional people.
The release date for the Verizon iPhone is Thursday, February 10th. Current Verizon customers can pre-order the Verizon iPhone on February 3rd.
In addition to the ability to use the Verizon iPhone as a wireless hotspot, another key difference between the Verizon iPhone and the AT&T iPhone offering is that the Verizon customers will be able to get their iPhones with an unlimited data plan.
Pricing for the Verizon iPhones is essentially the same as for the AT&T iPhone: $199 for the 16 GB Verizon iPhone and $299 for the 32 GB Verizon iPhone (both those with a 2-year contract).
One interesting thing about the Verizon-Apple deal is that it is not exclusive, unlike the AT&T deal. This means that it’s possible that the iPhone that Verizon is provisioning, which is a CDMA iPhone, to work on Verizon’s CDMA network, could also eventually come to Sprint, which is also a CDMA system.