After three long years, AT&T’s reign of terror as the exclusive carrier of the iPhone in the U.S. ends today. At 11 a.m., Verizon Wireless is set to announce that it will begin offering the iPhone on its network.
Verizon is the largest carrier in the nation and the iPhone is perhaps the most popular phone. The marriage of the two makes perfect sense.
The Verizon iPhone will look and feel the exact same as the iPhone offered by AT&T, but it will actually be a bit different inside. Verizon uses CDMA technology for its network and the Verizon iPhone will have slightly different technical specifications so that it can operate using CDMA technology.
This announcement is probably good news for consumers, as competition will likely drive prices down. In anticipation of the announcement, AT&T lowered prices on the iPhone 3GS. Consumers can now order an 8 GB iPhone 3GS from AT&T for just $49 (plus the price of a two-year contract, of course).
It may be very bad news for Sprint and T-Mobile, though. These two smaller carriers could be left behind, as they still aren’t able to offer their customers the iPhone.