Apple Makes iPhone Available to 93 Million Verizon Customers

After years of speculation and waiting. Verizon and Apple announced the end of the iPhone 4′s exclusivity with AT&T. Finally, Verizon customers will be able to get Apple’s crazily popular smartphone starting February 10.

There are 93 million Verizon customers out there, and up until now, they haven’t been able to get hold of an iPhone. The fact that the phone has been handled by AT&T exclusively has also held a lot of people back from purchasing one. Verizon’s new announcement is a massive one, then — millions more people could soon be talking on iDevices, and Verizon’s network will have to handle them all.

At its keynote address Tuesday, Verizon made sure to reassure everyone that it had been testing the new iPhone 4, which uses CDMA technology to be compatible with Verizon’s network, for about a year to make sure it would work well. The company has also been building in a margin of network space to accommodate all the potential new iPhone sales.

Prices are comparable to AT&T’s existing iPhones: $199 for the 16GB iPhone 4, $299 for the 32GB, both with a two-year contract. In a really cool twist, however, Verizon’s iPhones will work as mobile hotspots for up to five devices. Information is still sketchy as to what everything will cost, or if Verizon will provide an unlimited data plan like some media outlets have speculated.

It’s good news for gamers, though. Capcom has just shown off two new iPhone gamesResident Evil: Mercenaries Vs. and Devil May Cry 4 Refrain — and a Verizon iPhone means more online players for Mercenaries and games like N.O.V.A. 2.

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