Apple's iPhone Comes to Verizon

After a four-year exclusive run with AT&T, Apple’s iPhone comes to an end today, with Verizon expected to announce the launch of the device on its network at an event in New York City.

The move has been a long time in the making; rumors of a Verizon iPhone have intensified over the past year, while frustration over AT&T’s spotty network coverage and reliability has grown. At the same time, rival carriers have launches dozens of Android devices, which are outselling the iPhone (although, to be fair, dozens of Android devices vs. ONE iPhone – it’s bound to be outsold, no?).

All of those factors set the stage for an interesting shakeup in the smartphone market. Many smartphone users say they are eager to make the switch to Verizon, even if it means paying an early termination fee on their current contract elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the battle is still in session over which provider can introduce an iPhone on its next generation 4G network first. Forrester Research wireless analyst Charles Golvin writes, “LTE is the future 4G technology path for both Verizon and AT&T. If Verizon can convince Apple to accelerate its incorporation of LTE, the carrier will be able to deliver a significantly acceleration iPhone experience to more customers than its competitor.”

So, what do you guys think? Will you be switching over to Verizon to get the iPhone on that network? If you’re already on Verizon, are you excited that the popular phone is now available to you?

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