iPhone for Verizon: What say you?

Updated 11:40 a.m.

You surely have heard by now: The iPhone 4 is coming to Verizon. Two hundred bucks for the 16-gig version with a new two-year contract.

And Verizon says its existing customers will get first crack at the "reserved quantity" the company has.

UPDATE: Here's the (unedited) press release:

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Verizon Wireless & Apple Team Up to Deliver iPhone 4 on Verizon

BASKING RIDGE, New Jersey and CUPERTINO, California—January 11, 2011—Verizon Wireless and Apple® today announced that the iPhone® 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning on Thursday, February 10. Qualified Verizon Wireless customers will be given the exclusive opportunity to pre-order iPhone 4 online on February 3, ahead of general availability.

iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s stunning Retina™ display, the highest resolution display ever built into a phone resulting in super crisp text, images and video, and FaceTime®, which makes video calling a reality. iPhone 4 on Verizon Wireless will also include new Personal Hotspot capabilities allowing customers to use iPhone 4 to connect up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices.

“We are pleased to introduce millions of wireless users to the industry leading iPhone 4 on the nation’s most reliable network,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon. “This is an important step for the industry as two great companies join forces to give wireless customers one of the most important technological additions to the mobile landscape this century.”

“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4, and we think they are going to love it,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer. “We have enormous respect for the company Verizon has built and the loyalty they have earned from their customers.”

iPhone 4 features a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a beautiful glass and stainless steel design like no other mobile phone. iPhone 4 also comes with iOS 4, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, which includes multitasking, folders, Game Center, AirPlay® and AirPrint wireless printing. iPhone 4 customers have access to the world’s most popular App Store℠ with more than 300,000 apps available in an incredible range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.

Pricing & Availability

iPhone 4 will be available on the Verizon Wireless network beginning Thursday, February 10 for a suggested retail price of $199.99 for the 16GB model and $299.99 for the 32GB model with a new two year customer agreement. iPhone 4 will be available at more than 2,000 Verizon Wireless Communications Stores nationwide, online at www.verizonwireless.com/iphone, at Apple Retail Stores, at the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), at Apple Authorized Resellers, and by calling 1-800-2 JOIN IN.

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 93 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork, and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple is reinventing the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced its magical iPad which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.

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So, you iPhone users out there: What can you tell those who have the chance to get a phone like yours? Should they?

And you Verizon customers out there? You gonna get one? Or stick with what you have?

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RobMille wrote on January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

I will be ordering it on 2/3! I held onto a used android for 6 months waiting for this announcement!

Mike Howie wrote on January 11, 2011 at 11:01 am
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Thanks for the comment.

Do you mind sharing what specifically draws you to the iPhone? What do you think you'll like best, and what don't you like about your Android phone?

jasonstar7 wrote on January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm

For consumers who are keen on the technology behind the iPhone and it's advantages over other smartphones on the market, I would think twice about signing on to get the Verizon iPhone 4 out of the gate for one main reason-- the iPhone 5. If Apple continues with their annual June refresh (even if it's largely under the hood improvements i.e. 3G to 3GS) there are going to be a few million Verizon iPhone contracts out there with a year and a half still on them when Apple unveils it's next sparkly new iPhone incarnation. My advice would be to hangout until early summer when the inevitable iPhone 5 will be released. If it isn't dramatically different and you can live with the iPhone 4, I'm sure at that point it will drop to $99 like other recently obsolete iPhones tend to do. For users that simply don't care about specs like cpu speeds and screen technologies, the iPhone 4 is going to be more than sufficient. In fact, I'm going to suggest one to my wife who has been an LG envy2 user for the past few years. I am an original Droid user and would only entertain purchasing an iPhone if they revamped the homescreen interface (allowed for widgets) and took a new approach to notifications (something akin to Android or Web OS). I do think that the hardware and build quality is above anything else offered, the software is tight and smooth, and the ecosystem is fantastic. Make a few tweaks to the ui and I'm on board.

Mike Howie wrote on January 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm
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Thanks for a thorough and thoughtful contribution. Undeniable that new phones come along at blistering pace these days. Can't help but wonder what the next Droid will look like/be capable of. And me more than a year away from upgrade eligibility anyway.