In case you missed it, Verizon just moments ago announced the release of the iPhone 4 for Verizon. After years of rumours that an iPhone for Verizon was going to be released, it finally happened. Truthfully, I use to place this rumour up there with the idea of Hell freezing over, but here it is.
As for when the Verizon iPhone will be releasing, it will be available on February 10. Pre-orders for the Verizon iPhone will start pre-orders for the iPhone will start on February 3rd for existing customers. Certainly for those that were waiting for a Verizon iPhone this is a big deal, but you have to wonder if they waited too long to announce this device. In a couple of months the iPhone 5 (as I call it) will be most likely announced. Anyone buying this Verizon iPhone will very shortly watch their device become obsolete by the new iPhone, which leads me to believe that it would have been better for Apple to wait for the next iPhone to make this announcement.
As for what this means for Canada, it doesn’t mean much. Every major carrier up here already has the iPhone. Our CDMA carriers actually built out an HSPA+ network to support GSM phones and so those that wanted the iPhone probably already has it. Certainly, there are people that do live in areas that don’t have these HSPA+ network and so they will finally be able to have an iPhone, but the majority of Canadians do have access to this device. The only people that don’t have the iPhone are running on the new AWS frequencies, and so a AWS iPhone would be a much bigger deal up here than a CDMA iPhone.
This leads me back to my question, did Apple wait too long to announce the Verizon iPhone? I have to think they have. What about you? Were you waiting for a CDMA iPhone?