After years of waiting and speculation, Verizon Wireless has launched the world’s first CDMA iPhone today, four years and two days after Apple debuted the AT&T-exclusive handset at MacWorld. The Verizon iPhone 4 will be available early next month, said Verizon President and future CEO Lowell McAdam. Specs-wise, the phone is nearly identical to the current iPhone 4 configuration, with a ~1GHz A4 processor, high-resolution Retina Display, five-megapixel camera, full complement of sensors, and Gorilla Glass protecting both faces. Like other CDMA handsets, simultaneous voice and data connections are not possible.
Handsets go on sale February 10th, while pre-orders will begin February 3rd, online or in-store through both Apple and Verizon. Pricing will be the same as on AT&T, $199 for 16GB capacity and $299 for 32GB. Unlike AT&T, however, these models will come equipped with mobile hotspot capabilities — up to five devices can connect. Notably, LTE was said to be omitted because it would “force design changes we wouldn’t make,” according to Apple’s Tim Cook, and delay the release further. The agreement between the two companies is multi-year, but non-exclusive, meaning other carriers will likely stock the CDMA version as well.