“We were listening to the demands of the market,” said Karen Schulz, Verizon spokesperson. Verizon currently has 94 million customers, according to Schulz, and many comments and interest were received from customers wanting these additional services and products. “We do expect to have a high demand on launch day.”
According to a Verizon press release, iPhone 4 is the most innovative phone in the world, featuring Apple’s 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,” said Lowell McAdam, president and chief operating officer of Verizon.
“Verizon Wireless customers have told us they can't wait to get their hands on iPhone 4,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s chief operating officer.
For more information about the iPhone 4, visit www.verizonwireless.com/iphone.
The iPhone 4 features a five-megapixel camera with LED flash, HD video recording, Apple’s A4 chip, a 3-axis gyro and a new 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 App Store with more than 300,000 apps available in a range of 20 categories, including games, business, news, sports, health and reference.
Verizon Wireless and Apple also announced current Verizon customers could pre-order an iPhone 4 online before the official on-site release at 7 a.m. Thursday. Verizon has set aside a limited quantity of iPhone 4 smartphones solely for existing customers. These phones should reach customers by or before the official launch date.
In Cleveland, the Verizon store is located at 560 Paul Huff Parkway N.W. Outdoor lines will be allowed to start at 5 a.m.
Current customers can go to www.verizonwireless.com/iphone to order their iPhone 4.
In other news:
According to Verizon press releases, Verizon unveiled 10 consumer-oriented devices that will run on its 4G LTE network by the middle of this year.
These services and/or products include 4G LTE smartphones from HTC, LG, Motorola and Samsung, tablets from Motorola and Samsung, a MiFi from Novatel Wireless, a mobile hotspot from Samsung, and two notebooks from HP, as well as the expansion of its 4G LTE wireless network to more than 140 new U.S. markets.
Verizon anticipates these services will be available by the summer of 2011, some maybe as early as next month.
“For consumers, our 4G LTE network isn’t about simply doing things faster,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer of Verizon Wireless. “It’s about doing things we couldn’t do before. In the consumer electronics arena, it’s not just about devices. It’s about those powerful devices with deeply integrated applications and how our 4G LTE network truly transforms the wireless experience with rich multimedia and real-time response intervals.”
New applications will also be launched, such as EA’s ROCK BAND, which leverages the high-speed, low-latency 4G LTE network to provide the next generation of multiplayer gaming. This will offer users the chance to play the game with friends over the mobile network while mobile.
“We will aggressively continue launching 4G LTE markets over the next 36 months,” said Tony Melone, executive vice president and chief technology officer of Verizon. “We’ll cover two-thirds of the U.S. population in the next 18 months, and by the end of 2013, we’ll offer our 4G LTE network from coast to coast — everywhere that we offer 3G today. In order to get there, we’ll add more than 140 markets in 2011.”
Cities in Tennessee will include Cleveland, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Kingsport, Johnson City, Bristol, Knoxville, and Memphis.