Verizon Wireless says it will start selling a version of the iPhone 4 in early February, giving U.S. iPhone buyers a choice of carriers for the first time.
According to Verizon's website, the iPhone 4 will be available to consumers on February 10th with pre-orders beginning on Feb. 3rd. The cost of the phone will start at $199.
Since it launched in 2007, Apple's phone has been sold exclusively for AT&T's network in the U.S., while most other countries had several carriers.
Verizon Communications Inc.'s chief operating officer, Lowell McAdam, made the announcement in New York.
The arrival of the Verizon iPhone has been long expected. Analysts expect Verizon to sell anywhere from 5 million to 13 million iPhones this year.
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